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Religion and State Collection

Antarctica The World
State Religious Minority Discrimination Index (0-108, lower means less discrimination)1 --- 25.4
Societal Discrimination of Minority Religions Index (0-81, lower means less discrimination)1 --- 15.1
Limits on proselytizing1 --- 2.8

Government Religious Preference Collection

Antarctica The World
Religious Freedom Composite Score of Preferred Religion(s) (0-4, lower means more freedom)2 --- 2.5
Religious Freedom Composite Score for Nonpreferred Religion(s) (0-4, lower means more freedom)2 --- 1.4


1.  The Religion and State (RAS) Project is a university-based project located at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Its goal is to create a set of measures that systematically gauge the intersection between government and religion. Specifically, it examines government religion policy. Round 3 of the RAS dataset measures the extent of government involvement in religion (GIR) or the lack thereof for 183 states on a yearly basis between 1990 and 2014. This constitutes all countries with populations of 250,000 or more as well as a sampling of smaller states. This dataset, featuring this and other international measures highlighted on the country pages, may be previewed and downloaded here. Used with permission.

2.  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.

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