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Afghanistan South-Central Asia Muslim
Akrotiri Western Asia
Albania Southern Europe Mixed Catholic, Orthodox, Sunni, Bektashi (Shia)
Algeria Northern Africa Sunni
American Samoa Polynesia
Andorra Southern Europe Catholic
Angola Middle Africa Catholic
Anguilla Caribbean
Antarctica Antarctica
Antigua and Barbuda Caribbean Extended Protestant
Argentina South America Catholic
Armenia Western Asia Orthodox
Aruba Caribbean
Australia Australia/New Zealand Western Christian
Austria Western Europe Catholic
Azerbaijan Western Asia Shia
Bahamas, The Caribbean Extended Protestant
Bahrain Western Asia Muslim
Bangladesh South-Central Asia Mixed Western Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist
Barbados Caribbean Extended Protestant
Belarus Eastern Europe Mixed Catholic, Orthodox
Belgium Western Europe Catholic
Belize Central America Catholic
Benin Western Africa Mixed Catholic, Sunni, Indigenous
Bermuda Northern America
Bhutan South-Central Asia Mixed Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist
Bolivia South America Catholic
Bosnia and Herzegovina Southern Europe Mixed Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim
Botswana Southern Africa Western Christian
Bougainville Melanesia
Brazil South America Catholic
British Indian Ocean Territory Eastern Africa
British Virgin Islands Caribbean
Brunei South-Eastern Asia Sunni
Bulgaria Eastern Europe Orthodox
Burkina Faso Western Africa Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Burma (Myanmar) South-Eastern Asia Theravada Buddhist
Burundi Eastern Africa Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Cambodia South-Eastern Asia Theravada Buddhist
Cameroon Middle Africa Mixed Western Christian, Sunni
Canada Northern America Western Christian
Cape Verde Western Africa Catholic
Caribbean Netherlands Caribbean
Cayman Islands Caribbean
Central African Republic Middle Africa Catholic
Chad Middle Africa Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Channel Islands Northern Europe
Chile South America Catholic
China Eastern Asia Atheist
China-Tibet Eastern Asia
Christmas Island Australia/New Zealand
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Australia/New Zealand
Colombia South America Catholic
Comoros Eastern Africa Sunni
Congo, Democratic Republic of the Middle Africa Western Christian
Congo, Republic of the Middle Africa Catholic
Cook Islands Polynesia
Costa Rica Central America Catholic
Cote d'Ivoire Western Africa Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Croatia Southern Europe Catholic
Cuba Caribbean Catholic
Curacao Caribbean
Cyprus Western Asia Orthodox
Czech Republic Eastern Europe Western Christian
Denmark Northern Europe Protestant
Dhekelia Western Asia
Djibouti Eastern Africa Sunni
Dominica Caribbean Catholic
Dominican Republic Caribbean Catholic
Ecuador South America Catholic
Egypt Northern Africa Mixed Orthodox, Sunni
El Salvador Central America Catholic
Equatorial Guinea Middle Africa Catholic
Eritrea Eastern Africa Mixed Christian (Western & Orthodox), Sunni
Estonia Northern Europe Protestant
Ethiopia Eastern Africa Mixed Orthodox, Sunni
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) South America
Faroe Islands Northern Europe
Fiji Melanesia Mixed Western Christian, Muslim, Hindu
Finland Northern Europe Protestant
France Western Europe Catholic
French Guiana South America
French Polynesia Polynesia
Gabon Middle Africa Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Gambia, The Western Africa Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Georgia Western Asia Orthodox
Germany Western Europe Western Christian
Ghana Western Africa Mixed Western Christian, Sunni
Gibraltar Southern Europe
Greece Southern Europe Orthodox
Greenland Northern America
Grenada Caribbean Western Christian
Guadeloupe Caribbean
Guam Micronesia (region)
Guatemala Central America Catholic
Guernsey Northern Europe
Guinea Western Africa Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Guinea-Bissau Western Africa Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Guyana South America Western Christian
Haiti Caribbean Catholic
Honduras Central America Catholic
Hong Kong Eastern Asia
Hungary Eastern Europe Catholic
Iceland Northern Europe Protestant
India South-Central Asia Hindu
Indonesia South-Eastern Asia Sunni
Iran South-Central Asia Shia
Iraq Western Asia Muslim
Ireland Northern Europe Catholic
Isle of Man Northern Europe
Israel Western Asia Jewish
Italy Southern Europe Catholic
Jamaica Caribbean Extended Protestant
Japan Eastern Asia Japanese Religious Complex
Jersey Northern Europe
Jordan Western Asia Mixed Christian (Western & Orthodox), Sunni
Kazakhstan South-Central Asia Mixed Orthodox, Sunni
Kenya Eastern Africa Mixed Western Christian, Sunni
Kiribati Micronesia (region) Western Christian
Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of Eastern Asia
Korea, (South) Republic of Eastern Asia
Kosovo Southern Europe Mixed Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim
Kuwait Western Asia Sunni
Kyrgyzstan South-Central Asia Mixed Orthodox, Sunni
Laos South-Eastern Asia Theravada Buddhist
Latvia Northern Europe Western Christian
Lebanon Western Asia Mixed Catholic, Orthodox, Sunni, Shia
Lesotho Southern Africa Western Christian
Liberia Western Africa Western Christian
Libya Northern Africa Sunni
Liechtenstein Western Europe Catholic
Lithuania Northern Europe Catholic
Luxembourg Western Europe Catholic
Macau Eastern Asia
Macedonia Southern Europe Orthodox
Madagascar Eastern Africa Catholic
Malawi Eastern Africa Mixed Western Christian, Sunni
Malaysia South-Eastern Asia Sunni
Maldives South-Central Asia Sunni
Mali Western Africa Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Malta Southern Europe Catholic
Marshall Islands Micronesia (region) Western Christian
Martinique Caribbean
Mauritania Western Africa Sunni
Mauritius Eastern Africa Mixed Catholic, Muslim, Hindu
Mayotte Eastern Africa
Mexico Central America Catholic
Micronesia, Federated States of Micronesia (region)
Moldova Eastern Europe Orthodox
Monaco Western Europe Catholic
Mongolia Eastern Asia Tibetan Buddhist
Montenegro Southern Europe Orthodox
Montserrat Caribbean
Morocco Northern Africa Sunni
Mozambique Eastern Africa Western Christian
Namibia Southern Africa Western Christian
Nauru Micronesia (region) Western Christian
Nepal South-Central Asia Hindu
Netherlands Western Europe Western Christian
New Caledonia Melanesia
New Zealand Australia/New Zealand Western Christian
Nicaragua Central America Catholic
Niger Western Africa Mixed Western Christian, Sunni
Nigeria Western Africa Mixed Western Christian, Sunni
Niue Polynesia
Norfolk Island Australia/New Zealand
Northern Cyprus Western Asia
Northern Mariana Islands Micronesia (region)
Norway Northern Europe Protestant
Occupied Palestinian Territories Western Asia
Oman Western Asia Muslim
Pakistan South-Central Asia Sunni
Palau Micronesia (region) Western Christian
Panama Central America Catholic
Papua New Guinea Melanesia Western Christian
Paraguay South America Catholic
Peru South America Catholic
Philippines South-Eastern Asia Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Pitcairn Islands Polynesia
Poland Eastern Europe Catholic
Portugal Southern Europe Catholic
Puerto Rico Caribbean
Qatar Western Asia Sunni
Reunion Eastern Africa
Romania Eastern Europe Orthodox
Russia Eastern Europe Orthodox
Rwanda Eastern Africa Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Saint Barthelemy Caribbean
Saint Helena Western Africa
Saint Kitts and Nevis Caribbean Western Christian
Saint Lucia Caribbean Catholic
Saint Martin Caribbean
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Northern America
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Caribbean Extended Protestant
Samoa Polynesia Western Christian
San Marino Southern Europe Catholic
Sao Tome and Principe Middle Africa Catholic
Saudi Arabia Western Asia Sunni
Senegal Western Africa Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Serbia Southern Europe Orthodox
Seychelles Eastern Africa Catholic
Sierra Leone Western Africa Mixed Western Christian, Sunni
Singapore South-Eastern Asia Mixed Western Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist
Sint Maarten Caribbean
Slovakia Eastern Europe Catholic
Slovenia Southern Europe Western Christian
Solomon Islands Melanesia Western Christian
Somalia Eastern Africa Sunni
Somaliland Eastern Africa
South Africa Southern Africa Western Christian
South Sudan Eastern Africa
Spain Southern Europe Catholic
Spanish North Africa Northern Africa
Sri Lanka South-Central Asia Theravada Buddhist
Sudan Northern Africa Sunni
Suriname South America Mixed Western Christian, Muslim, Hindu
Svalbard Northern Europe
Swaziland Southern Africa Western Christian
Sweden Northern Europe Protestant
Switzerland Western Europe Western Christian
Syria Western Asia Mixed Catholic, Orthodox, Sunni, Shia
Taiwan Eastern Asia Chinese Religious Complex
Tajikistan South-Central Asia Sunni
Tanzania Eastern Africa Mixed Western Christian, Muslim
Thailand South-Eastern Asia Theravada Buddhist
Timor-Leste South-Eastern Asia Mixed Catholic, Sunni
Togo Western Africa Mixed Western Christian, Sunni
Tokelau Polynesia
Tonga Polynesia Western Christian
Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean Mixed Western Christian, Muslim, Hindu
Tunisia Northern Africa Sunni
Turkey Western Asia Sunni
Turkmenistan South-Central Asia Sunni
Turks and Caicos Islands Caribbean
Tuvalu Polynesia Protestant
Uganda Eastern Africa Mixed Western Christian, Sunni
Ukraine Eastern Europe Orthodox
United Arab Emirates Western Asia Sunni
United Kingdom Northern Europe Anglican
United States (General) Northern America Western Christian
Uruguay South America Catholic
Uzbekistan South-Central Asia Sunni
Vanuatu Melanesia Western Christian
Vatican City Southern Europe
Venezuela South America Catholic
Vietnam South-Eastern Asia Atheist
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Caribbean
Wallis and Futuna Polynesia
Western Sahara Northern Africa
Yemen Western Asia Muslim
Zambia Eastern Africa Western Christian
Zimbabwe Eastern Africa Western Christian


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.

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