Swaziland
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Western Christian

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Christian Syncretic (52.9%)

Religious Adherents, (2015)2

Swaziland Southern Africa World
Christian Syncretic 52.9% 16% ---
Christian (all denominations combined) 25.5% 62% 29.9%
 
  • Pentecostal
  • 11% 10.9% 2.8%
     
  • Protestant
  • 5% 19.4% 5.6%
     
  • Catholic
  • 4.4% 8.6% 15%
     
  • Anglican
  • 2.2% 3.3% 1.2%
     
  • Other and Unknown Christian
  • 2.9% 19.3% 2.3%
    Ethnoreligionist (incl. Animist, Shamanist) 9.7% 7.5% 2.5%
    Muslim (all denominations combined) 0.7% 1.5% 22.8%
     
  • Sunni Muslim
  • 0.6% 1.3% 19%
     
  • Other and Unknown Muslim
  • 0.1% < 0.1% 0.3%
    Bahai 0.4% 0.5% 0.1%
    Hindu 0.2% 1% 14.5%
    Not Religious (incl. Atheist) 1.3% 5.5% 12%
    Unknown 9.3% 5.5% 4.8%

    Religious Demography3

    The country has an area of 6,700 square miles and a population of 954,000. Christianity is the dominant religion. Zionism, a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship, is the predominant religion in rural areas. A large Roman Catholic presence, including churches, schools, and other infrastructure, continues to flourish. The population is approximately 35 percent Protestant, 30 percent Zionist, 25 percent Catholic, and 1 percent Muslim. The remaining 9 percent is divided among the Baha'i Faith, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Judaism, and others. Followers of Islam and the Baha'i Faith generally are located in urban areas. Most immigrants from South Asia practice Islam.


    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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