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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Western Christian

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Protestant (incl. Anglican, Pentecostal) (27.2%)

Religious Adherents, (2015)2

Botswana Southern Africa World
Christian (all denominations combined) 32.5% 62% 29.9%
 
  • Pentecostal
  • 15.7% 10.9% 2.8%
     
  • Protestant
  • 11% 19.4% 5.6%
     
  • Catholic
  • 4% 8.6% 15%
     
  • Anglican
  • 0.5% 3.3% 1.2%
     
  • Other and Unknown Christian
  • 1.3% 19.3% 2.3%
    Ethnoreligionist (incl. Animist, Shamanist) 27% 7.5% 2.5%
    Christian Syncretic 17.1% 16% ---
    Bahai 0.4% 0.5% 0.1%
    Muslim (all denominations combined) 0.4% 1.5% 22.8%
     
  • Sunni Muslim
  • 0.4% 1.3% 19%
     
  • Other and Unknown Muslim
  • < 0.1% < 0.1% 0.3%
    Hindu 0.2% 1% 14.5%
    Other Religionist 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
    Unknown 22.3% 5.5% 4.8%

    Religious Demography3

    The country has an area of 224,710 square miles and a population of 1.7 million. An estimated 70 percent of citizens identify themselves as Christians. Anglicans, Methodists, and the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa make up the majority of Christians. There are also congregations of Lutherans, Roman Catholics, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Baptists, the Dutch Reformed Church, Mennonites, and other Christian denominations. The country's Muslim community, primarily of South Asian origin, numbers slightly more than 5,000. There are small numbers of Hindus and Baha'is. Approximately 20 percent of citizens espouse no religion.

    Religious services are well attended in both rural and urban areas.


    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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