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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Western Christian

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Protestant (incl. Anglican, Pentecostal) (74.3%)

Religious Adherents, (2015)2

Solomon Islands Melanesia World
Christian (all denominations combined) 97.5% 71.1% 29.9%
 
  • Protestant
  • 37.4% 32.1% 5.6%
     
  • Anglican
  • 31.4% 4.6% 1.2%
     
  • Catholic
  • 19.9% 23.9% 15%
     
  • Pentecostal
  • 5.5% 7.6% 2.8%
     
  • Other and Unknown Christian
  • 3.3% 2.9% 2.3%
    Ethnoreligionist (incl. Animist, Shamanist) 0.9% 2.8% 2.5%
    Bahai 0.4% 0.6% 0.1%
    Muslim (all denominations combined) 0.4% 0.7% 22.8%
     
  • Sunni Muslim
  • 0.4% 0.6% 19%
    Buddhist (all denominations combined) 0.3% 0.2% 6.6%
     
  • Other and Unknown Buddhist
  • 0.3% --- 0.5%
    Christian Syncretic 0.2% 0.2% ---
    Not Religious (incl. Atheist) 0.3% 4.4% 12%

    Religious Demography3

    The country is an archipelago with an area of 10,985 square miles and a population of 552,000. Approximately 92 percent of the population is affiliated with one of the following Christian churches: Anglican, 35 percent; Roman Catholic, 19 percent; South Seas Evangelical, 17 percent; Methodist, 11 percent; and Seventh-day Adventist, 10 percent. The Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA) dominates most religious activities. An estimated 5 percent of the population, consisting primarily of the Kwaio community on the island of Malaita, practices indigenous animistic religions. Groups that together constitute less than 5 percent of the population include Islam, the Baha'i Faith, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Unification Church, and indigenous churches that have broken away from the major Christian denominations. There are believed to be members of other religious groups within the foreign community who were free to practice, but they are not known to proselytize or hold public religious ceremonies. According to the most recent reports, there are approximately 350 Muslims scattered in small numbers around Honiara, Malaita and Rusell Island. Two branches are represented in Honiara. Ahmadiyya is based at Kolaridge, and Sunni is based at Mbokonavera.


    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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