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Variables: 2008 Religion and State Score (0-100, lower means less interaction and greater separation of religion and state) (RAS2008)1

Separation: Religion and State Score (2008)



RAS20081 [X]

Afghanistan South-Central Asia 49.52
Akrotiri Western Asia
Albania Southern Europe 18.65
Algeria Northern Africa 42.56
American Samoa Polynesia
Andorra Southern Europe 15.8
Angola Middle Africa 2.24
Anguilla Caribbean
Antarctica Antarctica
Antigua and Barbuda Caribbean
Argentina South America 21.63
Armenia Western Asia 31.37
Aruba Caribbean
Australia Australia/New Zealand 9.79
Austria Western Europe 23.36
Azerbaijan Western Asia 27.11
Bahamas, The Caribbean 28.56
Bahrain Western Asia 38.46
Bangladesh South-Central Asia 31.97
Barbados Caribbean 2.65
Belarus Eastern Europe 41.46
Belgium Western Europe 23.15
Belize Central America 17.65
Benin Western Africa 1.18
Bermuda Northern America
Bhutan South-Central Asia 32.31
Bolivia South America 23.23
Bosnia and Herzegovina Southern Europe 26.28
Botswana Southern Africa 5.79
Bougainville Melanesia
Brazil South America 4.48
British Indian Ocean Territory Eastern Africa
British Virgin Islands Caribbean
Brunei South-Eastern Asia 61.95
Bulgaria Eastern Europe 37.08
Burkina Faso Western Africa 1.18
Burma (Myanmar) South-Eastern Asia 42.77
Burundi Eastern Africa 3.41
Cambodia South-Eastern Asia 27.17
Cameroon Middle Africa 17.96
Canada Northern America 2.81
Cape Verde Western Africa 15.4
Caribbean Netherlands Caribbean
Cayman Islands Caribbean
Central African Republic Middle Africa 18.54
Chad Middle Africa 27.96
Channel Islands Northern Europe
Chile South America 16.51
China Eastern Asia 57
China-Tibet Eastern Asia
Christmas Island Australia/New Zealand
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Australia/New Zealand
Colombia South America 14.86
Comoros Eastern Africa 33.83
Congo, Democratic Republic of the Middle Africa 14.3
Congo, Republic of the Middle Africa 1.7
Cook Islands Polynesia
Costa Rica Central America 24.15
Cote d'Ivoire Western Africa 19.97
Croatia Southern Europe 19.69
Cuba Caribbean 36.29
Curacao Caribbean
Cyprus Western Asia 14.49
Czech Republic Eastern Europe 17.12
Denmark Northern Europe 24.5
Dhekelia Western Asia
Djibouti Eastern Africa 25.49
Dominica Caribbean
Dominican Republic Caribbean 22.25
Ecuador South America 1.86
Egypt Northern Africa 56.9
El Salvador Central America 18.29
Equatorial Guinea Middle Africa 19.77
Eritrea Eastern Africa 34.29
Estonia Northern Europe 2.56
Ethiopia Eastern Africa 16.89
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) South America
Faroe Islands Northern Europe
Fiji Melanesia 2.64
Finland Northern Europe 23.44
France Western Europe 21.38
French Guiana South America
French Polynesia Polynesia
Gabon Middle Africa 7.03
Gambia, The Western Africa 9.5
Georgia Western Asia 32.75
Germany Western Europe 27.66
Ghana Western Africa 10.93
Gibraltar Southern Europe
Greece Southern Europe 32.27
Greenland Northern America
Grenada Caribbean
Guadeloupe Caribbean
Guam Micronesia (region)
Guatemala Central America 19.6
Guernsey Northern Europe
Guinea Western Africa 16.58
Guinea-Bissau Western Africa 1.96
Guyana South America 1.4
Haiti Caribbean 18.41
Honduras Central America 18.8
Hong Kong Eastern Asia
Hungary Eastern Europe 13.75
Iceland Northern Europe 22.88
India South-Central Asia 31.34
Indonesia South-Eastern Asia 46.27
Iran South-Central Asia 55.47
Iraq Western Asia 38.33
Ireland Northern Europe 13.2
Isle of Man Northern Europe
Israel Western Asia 29.83
Italy Southern Europe 15.92
Jamaica Caribbean 12.18
Japan Eastern Asia 1.01
Jersey Northern Europe
Jordan Western Asia 49.47
Kazakhstan South-Central Asia 25.32
Kenya Eastern Africa 25.63
Kiribati Micronesia (region)
Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of Eastern Asia 59.54
Korea, (South) Republic of Eastern Asia 1.87
Kosovo Southern Europe
Kuwait Western Asia 51.42
Kyrgyzstan South-Central Asia 30.74
Laos South-Eastern Asia 43.32
Latvia Northern Europe 24.12
Lebanon Western Asia 17.9
Lesotho Southern Africa 10.24
Liberia Western Africa 11.11
Libya Northern Africa 39.81
Liechtenstein Western Europe 19.93
Lithuania Northern Europe 17.61
Luxembourg Western Europe 10.64
Macau Eastern Asia
Macedonia Southern Europe 30.68
Madagascar Eastern Africa 21.44
Malawi Eastern Africa 23.12
Malaysia South-Eastern Asia 60.5
Maldives South-Central Asia 67.63
Mali Western Africa 16.18
Malta Southern Europe 16.58
Marshall Islands Micronesia (region)
Martinique Caribbean
Mauritania Western Africa 39.49
Mauritius Eastern Africa 6.24
Mayotte Eastern Africa
Mexico Central America 24.5
Micronesia, Federated States of Micronesia (region)
Moldova Eastern Europe 19.14
Monaco Western Europe
Mongolia Eastern Asia 19.21
Montenegro Southern Europe 10.29
Montserrat Caribbean
Morocco Northern Africa 36.49
Mozambique Eastern Africa 4.95
Namibia Southern Africa 0.78
Nauru Micronesia (region)
Nepal South-Central Asia 14.96
Netherlands Western Europe 2.48
New Caledonia Melanesia
New Zealand Australia/New Zealand 3.96
Nicaragua Central America 17.26
Niger Western Africa 5.02
Nigeria Western Africa 25.75
Niue Polynesia
Norfolk Island Australia/New Zealand
Northern Cyprus Western Asia 22.27
Northern Mariana Islands Micronesia (region)
Norway Northern Europe 24.62
Occupied Palestinian Territories Western Asia
Oman Western Asia 40.92
Pakistan South-Central Asia 55.6
Palau Micronesia (region)
Panama Central America 18.47
Papua New Guinea Melanesia 6.35
Paraguay South America 16.81
Peru South America 18.64
Philippines South-Eastern Asia 8.75
Pitcairn Islands Polynesia
Poland Eastern Europe 17.6
Portugal Southern Europe 14.65
Puerto Rico Caribbean
Qatar Western Asia 47.47
Reunion Eastern Africa
Romania Eastern Europe 30.98
Russia Eastern Europe 38.24
Rwanda Eastern Africa 12.57
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 79.37
Senegal Western Africa 6.61
Serbia Southern Europe 29.98
Seychelles Eastern Africa
Sierra Leone Western Africa 15.04
Singapore South-Eastern Asia 22.28
Sint Maarten Caribbean
Slovakia Eastern Europe 13.6
Slovenia Southern Europe 9.96
Solomon Islands Melanesia 10.35
Somalia Eastern Africa 27.37
Somaliland Eastern Africa
South Africa Southern Africa 0
South Sudan Eastern Africa
Spain Southern Europe 17.94
Spanish North Africa Northern Africa
Sri Lanka South-Central Asia 20.3
Sudan Northern Africa 40.5
Suriname South America 3.57
Svalbard Northern Europe
Swaziland Southern Africa 15.87
Sweden Northern Europe 23.69
Switzerland Western Europe 21.71
Syria Western Asia 40.27
Taiwan Eastern Asia 1.01
Tajikistan South-Central Asia 41.72
Tanzania Eastern Africa 23.5
Thailand South-Eastern Asia 22.49
Timor-Leste South-Eastern Asia 2.3
Togo Western Africa 12.13
Tokelau Polynesia
Tonga Polynesia
Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean 13.88
Tunisia Northern Africa 44.65
Turkey Western Asia 38.92
Turkmenistan South-Central Asia 47.56
Turks and Caicos Islands Caribbean
Tuvalu Polynesia
Uganda Eastern Africa 19.64
Ukraine Eastern Europe 8.58
United Arab Emirates Western Asia 43.25
United Kingdom Northern Europe 23.5
United States (General) Northern America 1.63
Uruguay South America 6.01
Uzbekistan South-Central Asia 49.58
Vanuatu Melanesia 10.19
Vatican City Southern Europe
Venezuela South America 27.38
Vietnam South-Eastern Asia 45.36
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Caribbean
Wallis and Futuna Polynesia
Western Sahara Northern Africa 35.32
Yemen Western Asia 44.62
Zambia Eastern Africa 20.87
Zimbabwe Eastern Africa 20.01


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 2 of the RAS dataset measures the extent of government involvement in religion (GIR) or the lack thereof for 175 states on a yearly basis between 1990 and 2008. 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 here. Used with permission.

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