Cape Verde
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (81.8%)

Religious Adherents, (2015)2

Cape Verde Western Africa World
Christian (all denominations combined) 94.8% 37.9% 29.9%
 
  • Catholic
  • 81.8% 10.8% 15%
     
  • Pentecostal
  • 6.5% 8.3% 2.8%
     
  • Protestant
  • 3.2% 11.4% 5.6%
     
  • Other and Unknown Christian
  • 3.4% 0.7% 2.3%
    Muslim (all denominations combined) 2.8% 50.5% 22.8%
     
  • Sunni Muslim
  • 2.8% 45% 19%
    Ethnoreligionist (incl. Animist, Shamanist) 1.4% 9.8% 2.5%
    Bahai 0.2% --- 0.1%
    Other Religionist < 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
    Not Religious (incl. Atheist) 0.9% 0.3% 12%

    Religious Demography3

    Cape Verde is an archipelago consisting of 10 islands, 9 of which are inhabited. It has an area of 1,557 square miles and a population of 500,000. More than 85 percent of the population is nominally Roman Catholic, according to an informal poll taken by local churches. The largest Protestant denomination is the Church of the Nazarene. Other groups include the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), the Assemblies of God, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, and various other Pentecostal and evangelical groups. There are small Baha'i communities and a small but growing Muslim community. No reliable statistics exist on the percentage of followers of each of these denominations.


    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, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

    2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports annual estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivisions 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, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

    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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