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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (81.5%)

Religious Adherents, (2015)2

Paraguay South America World
Christian (all denominations combined) 95.5% 89.1% 29.9%
 
  • Catholic
  • 81.5% 66.2% 15%
     
  • Protestant
  • 5% 7% 5.6%
     
  • Pentecostal
  • 2.2% 10.5% 2.8%
     
  • Anglican
  • 0.3% --- 1.2%
     
  • Orthodox
  • 0.2% 0.2% 3%
     
  • Other and Unknown Christian
  • 6.2% 5.1% 2.3%
    Ethnoreligionist (incl. Animist, Shamanist) 0.3% 0.5% 2.5%
    Buddhist (all denominations combined) 0.2% 0.1% 6.6%
     
  • Mahayana Buddhist
  • 0.1% --- 4.3%
     
  • Other and Unknown Buddhist
  • 0.1% --- 0.5%
    Bahai 0.2% 0.2% 0.1%
    Other Religionist 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
    Not Religious (incl. Atheist) 2.1% 6.4% 12%
    Unknown 1.6% 0.3% 4.8%

    Religious Demography3

    The country has an area of 157,047 square miles and a population of 6.8 million. According to the 2002 national census, 89.6 percent of the population is Roman Catholic, and 6.2 percent is evangelical Protestant. Groups that constitute less than 5 percent of the population include Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews (Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Mennonites, Muslims, and Baha'is. A 2006 survey indicates similar results; however, 84.7 percent of respondents consider themselves Catholic, a decrease from 2002.

    Native-born citizens tend to be Catholic, while immigrants generally belong to other religious groups. The eastern department of Alto Parana has a large Muslim community due to substantial immigration from the Middle East, particularly Lebanon. A large Mennonite community flourishes in the western department of Boquerón. Members of other religious groups are concentrated in the largest cities, including Asunción, Ciudad del Este, and Encarnación. Non-Catholic immigrant groups tend to have a higher per capita income than the primarily Catholic, native-born citizens. Membership in religious groups is high.


    Sources

    1.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson the principal investigator of the World Christian Database and the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database.

    2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports the estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. The RCS was created to fulfill the unmet need for a dataset on the religious dimensions of countries of the world, with the state-year as the unit of observation. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivision within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson the principal investigator of the World Christian Database and the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database.

    3.  The U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report is submitted to Congress annually by the Department of State in compliance with Section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. This report supplements the most recent Human Rights Reports by providing additional detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom. It includes individual country chapters on the status of religious freedom worldwide. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. These State Department reports are open source.

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