Among the countries where citizens see themselves as religious there is Sri Lanka
The countries where citizens seem themselves as religious (and not religious) have been revealed.
According to the results of three polls from WIN/Gallup International, five countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Sri Lanka and Yemen – are the world’s most religious countries, with a record 99 per cent of citizens feeling religious.
The surveys asked respondents whether they felt religious or not.
Ethiopia, a rugged and land-locked country in Africa, is made up of many different faiths including 32 million Ethiopian Orthodox Christians and 25 million Muslims, according to their national census.
Before China was declared a Communist state, Taoism was one of the country’s most popular religions
It is also known to be one of the world’s first Christian countries, having adopted Christianity as the state religion since the 4th Century.
The survey has revealed that the world’s most religious regions are Africa and the Middle East, with south-east Asian countries like Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia not far behind.
But what are the world’s least religious countries?
China topped the poll, with only 7 per cent of people saying they felt religious.
Since 1949 Communism, an ideology which promotes state atheism, has been the ruling ethos of China.
Ninety-eight per cent of the people living in Mauritania describe themselves as religious
It’s no surprise then, that decades of Communist rule has returned this result.
Before Mao Zedong declared China a Communist state in 1949, Taoism was one of the country’s most popular religions.
However, after a campaign to destroy non-Communist religions, the numbers of Taoists has significantly reduced and it has become more difficult to accurately assess such statistics.
Alongside China, the UK has been named as the tenth least religious country in the world.
The survey showed that only 30 per cent of Britons feel religious.
According to a 2016 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey on religious affiliation, 53% of respondents indicated ‘no religion’, 41% indicated they were Christians and 6% indicated with non-Christian religious such as Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.
Hong Kong is among the least religious countries in the world
The 10 most religious countries
Ethiopia – 99 per cent feel religious
Malawi – 99 per cent
Niger – 99 per cent
Sri Lanka – 99 per cent
Yemen – 99 per cent
Burundi – 98 per cent
Djibouti – 98 per cent
Mauritania – 98 per cent
Somalia – 98 per cent
Afghanistan – 97 per cent
The survey showed that only 30 per cent of Britons feel religious
The 10 least religious countries
China – 7 per cent feel religious
Japan – 13 per cent
Estonia – 16 per cent
Sweden – 19 per cent
Norway – 21 per cent
Czech Republic – 23 per cent
Hong Kong – 26 per cent
Netherlands – 26 per cent
Israel – 30 per cent
United Kingdom – 30 per cent