Social Regulation of Religion (Average: 2003, 2005, 2008)
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The following list ranks regions based on the level of hostility in the cultures of countries in the regions toward nontraditional religions, hostility towards conversion to other religions, hostility towards proselytizing, and whether or not existing religions try to shut out new religions. Higher values indicate greater social regulation of religion. (Coded from the 2003, 2005 and 2008 International Religious Freedom Reports)

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1Northern Europe 5.3
2Southern Africa 4.6
2Melanesia 4.6
2South-Central Asia 4.6
3The World 4.5
4Western Africa 4.4
5Southern Europe 4.3
6Middle Africa 4.0
7Eastern Europe 3.9
8Australia/New Zealand 3.8
9Central America 3.7
10Eastern Africa 3.6
11Micronesia (Region) 3.5
12Western Europe 3.2
12Western Asia 3.2
13Eastern Asia 3.0
14Northern Africa 2.6
15South America 2.5
15South-Eastern Asia 2.5
16Caribbean 2.4
--Polynesia --
--Northern America --


The data presented in QuickLists are from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau's International Data Base, the U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report, the United Nations Human Development Reports, and others.

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