Liechtenstein
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (74.3%)

Religious Adherents, (2015)2

Liechtenstein Western Europe World
Christian (all denominations combined) 84.3% 62.9% 29.9%
 
  • Catholic
  • 74.3% 43.3% 15%
     
  • Protestant
  • 8.1% 16.3% 5.6%
     
  • Orthodox
  • 1.2% 1.4% 3%
     
  • Pentecostal
  • 0.4% 0.5% 2.8%
     
  • Other and Unknown Christian
  • 0.4% 1.4% 2.3%
    Muslim (all denominations combined) 5.7% 6.1% 22.8%
     
  • Sunni Muslim
  • 5.5% 5.7% 19%
     
  • Shia Muslim
  • 0.2% 0.4% 3.4%
    Jewish 0.1% 0.4% 0.2%
    Other Religionist < 0.1% 0.4% 0.2%
    Not Religious (incl. Atheist) 7.2% 27.4% 12%
    Unknown 2.6% 2% 4.8%

    Religious Demography3

    The country has an area of 61.7 square miles and a population of 35,400. According to the 2000 census, membership in religious denominations was as follows: 78.4 percent Roman Catholic; 8.3 percent Protestant; 4.8 percent Muslim; 1.1 percent Orthodox Christian; 0.1 percent Jewish; 0.4 percent other religious groups; 2.8 percent professed no formal creed; and 4.1 percent of residents did not indicate religious affiliation in the census.

    The Muslim community has grown over the last two decades as a result of an influx of migrants primarily from Turkey, Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, many of whom resettled from other Western European countries. According to official census statistics, the Muslim population increased from 689 in 1990 to 1,593 in 2000.

    A government-contracted survey of 600 residents published in April 2008 found that 40 percent of the population participated in formal religious services at least once a month. Muslims were the most active religious group -- 44 percent attend religious service at least once a week, compared to 23 percent of Catholics and 24 percent of other Christians.


    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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