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March 26th, 2006 at 8:49 pm

The 50 Countries with the Highest Percentage of Atheists

The 50 Countries with the Highest Percentage of Atheists

 

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Here is a list of the top fifty countries containing the highest percentage of people who identify themselves as atheist, agnostic, or non-believers in God.


These figures do not necessarily represent the number of people who are identify themselves as “atheists.” For example, in Estonia in 2004, 49% of people surveyed said they did not believe in God. At the same time, only 11% of people in the country identified themselves as atheists.

Sweden 8,986,000 46 – 85% 4,133,560 – 7,638,100
Vietnam 82,690,000 81% 66,978,900
Denmark 5,413,000 43 – 80% 2,327,590 – 4,330,400
Norway 4,575,000 31 – 72% 1,418,250 – 3,294,000
Japan 127,333,000 64 – 65% 81,493,120 – 82,766,450
Czech Republic 10,246,100 54 – 61% 5,328,940 – 6,250,121
Finland 5,215,000 28 – 60% 1,460,200 – 3,129,000
France 60,424,000 43 – 54% 25,982,320 – 32,628,960
South Korea 48,598,000 30 – 52% 14,579,400 – 25,270,960
Estonia 1,342,000 49% 657,580
Germany 82,425,000 41 – 49% 33,794,250 – 40,388,250
Russia 143,782,000 24 – 48% 34,507,680 – 69,015,360
Hungary 10,032,000 32 – 46% 3,210,240 – 4,614,720
Netherlands 16,318,000 39 – 44% 6,364,020 – 7,179,920
Britain 60,271,000 31 – 44% 18,684,010 – 26,519,240
Belgium 10,348,000 42 – 43% 4,346,160 – 4,449,640
Bulgaria 7,518,000 34 – 40% 2,556,120 – 3,007,200
Slovenia 2,011,000 35 – 38% 703,850 – 764,180
Israel 6,199,000 15 – 37% 929,850 – 2,293,630
Canada 32,508,000 19 – 30% 6,176,520 – 9,752,400
Latvia 2,306,000 20 – 29% 461,200 – 668,740
Slovakia 5,424,000 10 – 28% 542,400 – 1,518,720
Switzerland 7,451,000 17 – 27% 1,266,670 – 2,011,770
Austria 8,175,000 18 – 26% 1,471,500 – 2,125,500
Australia 19,913,000 24 – 25% 4,779,120 – 4,978,250
Taiwan 22,750,000 24% 5,460,000
Spain 40,281,000 15 – 24% 6,042,150 – 9,667,440
Iceland 294,000 16 – 23% 47,040 – 67,620
New Zealand 3,994,000 20 – 22% 798,800 – 878,680
Ukraine 47,732,000 20% 9,546,400
Belarus 10,311,000 17% 1,752,870
Greece 10,648,000 16% 1,703,680
North Korea 22,698,000 15%* 3,404,700
Italy 58,057,000 6 – 15% 3,483,420 – 8,708,550
Armenia 2,991,000 14% 418,740
China 1,298,848,000 8 – 14%* 103,907,840 – 181,838,720
Lithuania 3,608,000 13% 469,040
Singapore 4,354,000 13% 566,020
Uruguay 3,399,000 12% 407,880
Kazakhstan 15,144,000 11 – 12% 1,665,840 – 1,817,280
Mongolia 2,751,000 9% 247,590
Portugal 10,524,000 4 – 9% 420,960 – 947,160
USA 293,028,000 3 – 9% 8,790,840 – 26,822,520
Albania 3,545,000 8% 283,600
Argentina 39,145,000 4 – 8% 1,565,800 – 3,131,600
Kyrgyzstan 5,081,000 7% 355,670
Dominican Republic 8,834,000 7% 618,380
Cuba 11,309,000 7%* 791,630
Croatia 4,497,000 7% 314,790


Source:
Zuckerman, Phil. “Atheism: Contemporary Rates and Patterns”, chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Atheism, ed. by Michael Martin, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK (2005).

* NOTE: The estimates of the number of atheists in North Korea, China and Cuba may be unreliable. The best data available have been used in making these estimates, but the people in these three nations live under Communist governments which have traditionally suppressed religious freedom and officially (often forcibly) endorsed atheism.

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    [...] Originally Posted by Tyche Shepherd In the UK they are not in the minority – The 2001 census figures show 77.2% claim to have a religion (71.4% claiming to be Christian). Also the 22.8% who have no religion are not automatically Atheists – this also included Agnostics and those who refused to answer. Actual organised worship may be in serious decline but the majority of the population still claim to be religious. Here are newer stats, putting them 33-44%, but the latest ones I heard were that now 55% are atheists. The 50 Countries with the Highest Percentage of Atheists [...]

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