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Variables: Total number of Theravadins by country and percent of population that are Theravadins: (Theraveda). The Teaching of the Elders or the Hinayana school of Buddhists (qv), or Southern Buddhism (in Sri Lanka, India, Burma Thailand, Cambodia, Laos). (World Religion Database, 2020) (Theravadins)1

% Theravadins



(2020)1 [X]

% Theravadins
(2020)1 [X]

Afghanistan South-Central Asia
Akrotiri Western Asia
Albania Southern Europe
Algeria Northern Africa
American Samoa Polynesia
Andorra Southern Europe
Angola Middle Africa
Anguilla Caribbean
Antarctica Antarctica
Antigua and Barbuda Caribbean
Argentina South America 2,034 0.00
Armenia Western Asia
Aruba Caribbean
Australia Australia/New Zealand 237,780 0.93
Austria Western Europe 2,868 0.03
Azerbaijan Western Asia
Bahamas, The Caribbean
Bahrain Western Asia
Bangladesh South-Central Asia 1,180,250 0.72
Barbados Caribbean
Belarus Eastern Europe
Belgium Western Europe 3,625 0.03
Belize Central America
Benin Western Africa
Bermuda Northern America 308 0.49
Bhutan South-Central Asia
Bolivia South America
Bosnia and Herzegovina Southern Europe
Botswana Southern Africa
Bougainville Melanesia
Brazil South America
British Indian Ocean Territory Eastern Africa
British Virgin Islands Caribbean
Brunei South-Eastern Asia 10,486 2.40
Bulgaria Eastern Europe
Burkina Faso Western Africa
Burma (Myanmar) South-Eastern Asia 40,106,544 73.71
Burundi Eastern Africa
Cambodia South-Eastern Asia 13,965,416 83.53
Cameroon Middle Africa
Canada Northern America 68,992 0.18
Cape Verde Western Africa
Caribbean Netherlands Caribbean
Cayman Islands Caribbean
Central African Republic Middle Africa
Chad Middle Africa
Channel Islands Northern Europe
Chile South America
China Eastern Asia 1,018,435 0.07
China-Tibet Eastern Asia
Christmas Island Australia/New Zealand
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Australia/New Zealand
Colombia South America
Comoros Eastern Africa
Congo, Democratic Republic of the Middle Africa
Congo, Republic of the Middle Africa
Cook Islands Polynesia
Costa Rica Central America
Cote d'Ivoire Western Africa
Croatia Southern Europe
Cuba Caribbean
Curacao Caribbean
Cyprus Western Asia 7,036 0.58
Czech Republic Eastern Europe
Denmark Northern Europe 9,263 0.16
Dhekelia Western Asia
Djibouti Eastern Africa
Dominica Caribbean
Dominican Republic Caribbean
Ecuador South America
Egypt Northern Africa
El Salvador Central America
Equatorial Guinea Middle Africa
Eritrea Eastern Africa
Estonia Northern Europe
Ethiopia Eastern Africa
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) South America
Faroe Islands Northern Europe
Fiji Melanesia
Finland Northern Europe 2,660 0.05
France Western Europe 75,340 0.12
French Guiana South America
French Polynesia Polynesia
Gabon Middle Africa
Gambia, The Western Africa
Georgia Western Asia
Germany Western Europe
Ghana Western Africa
Gibraltar Southern Europe
Greece Southern Europe
Greenland Northern America
Grenada Caribbean
Guadeloupe Caribbean
Guam Micronesia (region) 84 0.05
Guatemala Central America
Guernsey Northern Europe
Guinea Western Africa
Guinea-Bissau Western Africa
Guyana South America
Haiti Caribbean
Honduras Central America
Hong Kong Eastern Asia 14,903 0.20
Hungary Eastern Europe
Iceland Northern Europe 590 0.17
India South-Central Asia 341,528 0.02
Indonesia South-Eastern Asia
Iran South-Central Asia
Iraq Western Asia
Ireland Northern Europe
Isle of Man Northern Europe
Israel Western Asia 33,757 0.39
Italy Southern Europe 57,439 0.10
Jamaica Caribbean
Japan Eastern Asia 28,305 0.02
Jersey Northern Europe
Jordan Western Asia
Kazakhstan South-Central Asia
Kenya Eastern Africa 484 0.00
Kiribati Micronesia (region)
Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of Eastern Asia
Korea, (South) Republic of Eastern Asia 91,054 0.18
Kosovo Southern Europe
Kuwait Western Asia
Kyrgyzstan South-Central Asia
Laos South-Eastern Asia 3,728,376 51.25
Latvia Northern Europe
Lebanon Western Asia 141,287 2.07
Lesotho Southern Africa
Liberia Western Africa
Libya Northern Africa 13,605 0.20
Liechtenstein Western Europe
Lithuania Northern Europe
Luxembourg Western Europe
Macau Eastern Asia
Macedonia Southern Europe
Madagascar Eastern Africa
Malawi Eastern Africa
Malaysia South-Eastern Asia 93,538 0.29
Maldives South-Central Asia 3,492 0.65
Mali Western Africa
Malta Southern Europe
Marshall Islands Micronesia (region)
Martinique Caribbean
Mauritania Western Africa
Mauritius Eastern Africa
Mayotte Eastern Africa
Mexico Central America
Micronesia, Federated States of Micronesia (region)
Moldova Eastern Europe
Monaco Western Europe
Mongolia Eastern Asia
Montenegro Southern Europe
Montserrat Caribbean
Morocco Northern Africa
Mozambique Eastern Africa
Namibia Southern Africa
Nauru Micronesia (region)
Nepal South-Central Asia 21,853 0.08
Netherlands Western Europe 3,427 0.02
New Caledonia Melanesia
New Zealand Australia/New Zealand 28,657 0.59
Nicaragua Central America
Niger Western Africa
Nigeria Western Africa
Niue Polynesia
Norfolk Island Australia/New Zealand
Northern Cyprus Western Asia
Northern Mariana Islands Micronesia (region)
Norway Northern Europe 21,153 0.39
Occupied Palestinian Territories Western Asia
Oman Western Asia 38,810 0.76
Pakistan South-Central Asia
Palau Micronesia (region)
Panama Central America
Papua New Guinea Melanesia
Paraguay South America
Peru South America
Philippines South-Eastern Asia 27,395 0.03
Pitcairn Islands Polynesia
Poland Eastern Europe
Portugal Southern Europe
Puerto Rico Caribbean
Qatar Western Asia 54,740 1.90
Reunion Eastern Africa
Romania Eastern Europe
Russia Eastern Europe
Rwanda Eastern Africa
Saint Barthelemy Caribbean
Saint Helena Western Africa
Saint Kitts and Nevis Caribbean
Saint Lucia Caribbean
Saint Martin Caribbean
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Northern America
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Caribbean
Samoa Polynesia
San Marino Southern Europe
Sao Tome and Principe Middle Africa
Saudi Arabia Western Asia
Senegal Western Africa
Serbia Southern Europe
Seychelles Eastern Africa
Sierra Leone Western Africa
Singapore South-Eastern Asia 87,428 1.49
Sint Maarten Caribbean
Slovakia Eastern Europe
Slovenia Southern Europe
Solomon Islands Melanesia
Somalia Eastern Africa
Somaliland Eastern Africa
South Africa Southern Africa
South Sudan Eastern Africa
Spain Southern Europe
Spanish North Africa Northern Africa
Sri Lanka South-Central Asia 14,535,598 67.88
Sudan Northern Africa
Suriname South America
Svalbard Northern Europe
Swaziland Southern Africa
Sweden Northern Europe 22,875 0.23
Switzerland Western Europe 9,970 0.12
Syria Western Asia
Taiwan Eastern Asia 11,670 0.05
Tajikistan South-Central Asia
Tanzania Eastern Africa
Thailand South-Eastern Asia 55,421,252 79.40
Timor-Leste South-Eastern Asia
Togo Western Africa
Tokelau Polynesia
Tonga Polynesia
Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean
Tunisia Northern Africa
Turkey Western Asia 8,434 0.01
Turkmenistan South-Central Asia
Turks and Caicos Islands Caribbean
Tuvalu Polynesia
Uganda Eastern Africa
Ukraine Eastern Europe
United Arab Emirates Western Asia 170,463 1.72
United Kingdom Northern Europe 13,828 0.02
United States (General) Northern America 537,553 0.16
Uruguay South America
Uzbekistan South-Central Asia
Vanuatu Melanesia
Vatican City Southern Europe
Venezuela South America
Vietnam South-Eastern Asia 1,443,689 1.48
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Caribbean
Wallis and Futuna Polynesia
Western Sahara Northern Africa
Yemen Western Asia
Zambia Eastern Africa
Zimbabwe Eastern Africa


1 Todd M. Johnson and Brian J. Grim, eds. World Religion Database (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2022).

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