In the world today, there is a tendency to conclude that the general populace is becoming apathetic to religion, as new age practices are on the rise.
This could not be further from the truth. The rise of free-thinking and other forms of free expression has not completely affected religious adherence in so many countries of the world. Rather, they sometimes serve to spur on the religious in holding and passing on their faith.
In ranking the most religious countries in the world today, a lot of things have to be put into consideration. The population to religious population percentage being quite key in this assessment. Also, citizenry reactions and religious acceptance also play roles in assessing the religious state of a nation.
What religion is the fastest-growing religion?
It is estimated that by 2060, the Islamic religion would have by far overtaken every other religion on earth. In a 2017 Pew research center research, all things being equal, there is a possible 70% increase in the population of Muslims by 2060. At the moment though, the Christian religion remains the largest.
Here are 10 of the most religious countries in the world.
This ranking is based on the percentage of people in each nation that identify with a certain religious.
Bangladesh is the most religious countries in the world. Bangladesh is a country in South Asia, located in the delta of the Padma (Ganges [Ganga]) and Jamuna (Brahmaputra) rivers in the northeastern part of the Indian subcontinent. The riverine country of Bangladesh (“Land of the Bengals”) is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and its people are predominantly Muslim.
88% of the citizens of Bangladesh are Muslims, and Islam is the Nations official religion. It boasts one of the largest Muslim communities in the world.
Ethiopia, a country on the Horn of Africa. The country lies completely within the tropical latitudes and is relatively compact, with similar north-south and east-west dimensions. The capital is Addis Ababa (“New Flower”), located almost at the center of the country. Ethiopia is the largest and most populated country in the Horn of Africa.
Ethiopia is one of the world’s oldest countries, and it became a landlocked state in 1993 after it seceded from Eretria
The Country does not have a state religion. This freedom enables the easy practice of other religions. The state, however, has it that 99% of the citizens either practice one religion or the other. Majority of its citizens practice the Ethiopian Orthodox faith, (43.5%)
Indonesia, the third most religious country in the world. The country is located off the coast of mainland Southeast Asia in the Indian and Pacific oceans. Indonesia was formerly known as the Dutch East Indies (or Netherlands East Indies). Although Indonesia did not become the country’s official name until the time of independence, the name was used as early as 1884 by a German geographer; it is thought to derive from the Greek indos, meaning “India,” and nesos, meaning “island.”
Islam is the countries main religion, and 87.2% of Indonesians claim it as their faith.
Malawi is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa. Endowed with spectacular highlands and extensive lakes, it occupies a narrow, curving strip of land along the East African Rift Valley. Lake Nyasa, known in Malawi as Lake Malawi, accounts for more than one-fifth of the country’s total area.
Malawi is a multi-religious society, with some three-fourths of the population is Christian, of which the majority are members of independent Christian or various Protestant denominations and the remainder are Roman Catholic. Muslims constitute about one-fifth of the population. Traditional beliefs are adhered to by a small proportion of the population.
Niger is a landlocked Western African State. It is bounded on the northwest by Algeria, on the northeast by Libya, on the east by Chad, on the south by Nigeria and Benin, and on the west by Burkina Faso and Mali. The capital is Niamey. The country takes its name from the Niger River, which flows through the southwestern part of its territory. The name Niger derives in turn from the phrase gher n-gheren, meaning “river among rivers,” in the Tamashek language.
99% of the citizens of Niger identify as religious, while 94% identify as Muslims. The major Muslim sect in Niger is the Sunnis, practicing the Maliki school of Jurisprudence; this sect constitutes about 85%of the total population.
6. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, island country lying in the Indian Ocean and separated from peninsular India by the Palk Strait.
Sri Lanka practices a multi-religious system. Though Buddhism is the major religion, other religions, such as Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam, are also commonly followed there. Buddhism had played a very significant role in shaping the history of the country and continues to influence the ethical and philosophical aspects of the Sinhalese culture. Overall, the population of Sri Lanka is highly religious, with 99% claiming that religion plays an important role in their daily lives.
Sometimes spelled Yaman, officially the Republic of Yemen, is a country at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is the second-largest Arab sovereign state in the peninsula. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the west, the Gulf of Aden and Guardafui Channel to the south, and Oman to the east.
Islam is the state religion, and the Sunni branch of Islam, represented by the Shāfiʿī school, predominates.
Officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania is a country in Northwest Africa. It is the eleventh largest sovereign state in Africa and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Western Sahara to the north and northwest, Algeria to the northeast, Mali to the east and southeast, and Senegal to the southwest.
As its Official name indicates, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania has Islam as its state religion. The nation is 100% Muslim and has been accused of suppressing other religions.
Djibouti, a small strategically located country on the northeast coast of the Horn of Africa. It is situated on the Bab el Mandeb Strait, which lies to the east and separates the Red Sea from the Gulf of Aden.
Djibouti has about 94% of its population following the Muslim faith, and the rest of the state practicing the Christian faith.
Burundi, a country in east-central Africa, south of the Equator. The landlocked country, a historic kingdom, is one of the few countries in Africa whose borders were not determined by colonial rulers.
The country has a relatively large Christian population, with about three-fifths of Burundians identifying as Roman Catholic and more than one-eighth identifying as Protestant. A large minority and even some Roman Catholics also practice traditional religion. Muslims constitute less than one-twentieth of the population. Church-state relations have been a focal point of ethnic tension since the 1970s.
There are many other nations that are highly religious, but these are the States that have the highest percentage of citizens that identify with a religion within the state