The incredibly detailed map of the world’s religions above, was created by reddit user scolbert08. To see the full resolution version just click on it.
It shows what the biggest religion is by census area in each country, along with its level of support. For example, in large parts of British Columbia the most common answer on the census is no religion, but the intensity of that feeling varies widely.
Another important thing to note is that while Christianity is divided between Catholicism, Protestantism and Orthodox denominations, Islam is not similarly divided between Sunnis and Shias.
Also, the map likely wildly overstates the religiosity of Scandinavians, since the data is based on state Church records and everyone is assigned to a church at birth. Actual church attendance is much lower than the map would suggest.
Other interesting things to note:
- The Catholic bit of Antarctica is based on Chilean census data for Villa Las Estrellas
- Omman’s Hindu population comes from migrant workers who outnumber locals.
- The Buddhist area in Russia is Kalmykia.
Below are more detailed maps by region. All created by scolbert08:
Two things to note about Europe. The formerly communist states of East Germany and Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovakia) are clearly visible on the map as the areas with no religion. Second, despite right-wing fear-mongering, Muslims do not form a majority in any area of Western Europe.
Interestingly, despite Latin American immigration to the United States, the vast majority of its census areas remain protestant majorities. Also, British Columbia is an interesting anomaly being largely non-religious.
While most of Australia is still nominally religious, most of New Zealand is not.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Asia are the random Protestant census areas. These include parts of India, Sarawak in Malaysia and North Sulawesi and West Papua in Indonesia.
Wondering what the fastest growing religions are? Then check out: Fastest Growing Religion In Each Country Around The World
Notice anything else interesting? Then please leave a comment below:
No comments on Africa? On the survival of pre-colonial religions in Mozambique? On the interesting range of religions where Protestant and Catholic colonial religions mix with pre-colonial Islam and other indigenous religions in West Africa?
Please update this awesome map. And would also be interesting to have it interactive over time. Imagine how informative it would be if it took in more historical data from say the last 500 years?
Gwyn, stop being lazy and do your research.. http://i.imgur.com/rzv85dn.png
That “big” green part of Bosnia, surrounded with purple ain’t correct, it should be purple too, mostly orthodox there.
No, Bosnia is a muslim Turk country with Catholic Croat and Orthodox Serb minorities.
Ömer Faruk says
No, Bosnia has a majority muslim group called Bosnian and they’re not Turkish. They don’t even below to Turkic family. They’re Slavic but it’s true they affect from Turks.
Notice that even though the U.S. is still predominantly Protestant, the big metro areas are catholic (Chicago, NY and most east coast, LA, San Francisco, Houston, Cleveland). Also little Protestan enclaves in south Brazil are probably the German colonies, but that big Protestant chunk in the Eastern coast of Central America is baffling.
Alejo Falahé says
That zone has a lot of creole people who came from Jamaica and former British Caribbean Leeward Islands to work in sugar cane plantations, some of this communities remain speaking English as a mother tongue and maintain their Protestant churches.
Gustavo Pedroso says
on Brazil: not really. here in Brazil he actually have a lot of protestants, about 20% of the total population. but the majority of the protestants here are not like presbiterian, lutherans and other classical denominations, but pentescostal and neopentesconal, and they are divided equaly in the population etnically speaking. large part of southern Brazil is colonizated by germans, but many of them are roman catholics
Danilo Pontes says
Actually, Gustavo, southern* Brazil does owe these protestant pockets to German immigration. If you take a look at the 2010 census map (http://www.censo2010.ibge.gov.br/apps/mapa/), you can see that the largest Lutheran communities in RS match the blue areas on the state in the redditor’s map. You know, as a Brazilian like me, that Lutherans don’t mass convert the local population like the Pentecostals and such.
The blue in Rio, Recife metro area, and other pockets around the country where there’s never been much external immigration; those, however, centainly are the Pentecostal converts you’re talking about, and those compromise most of the ~20%.
Gustavo Pedroso says
really, you are right, in southern Brazil that’s true. but surprisingly, lutherans only make 23% of the gaúcho’s evangelical christians
Samuel Julião says
Metropolitan areas are mostly Catholic because of Latin American immigration, and indeed the Protestant enclaves in southern Brazil are German colonies.
Gordon Dudgeon says
Protestant Exclave, not Enclave. If an area is surrounded by ,in this case Roman Catholics it is a RC Enclave. Personally I dont like religious or simply ethnic Enclaves , I prefer National ones where a country surrounds a piece of another.
That’s probably Belize. English.
So Greece is a Protestant country, in the opinion of the creator of the map?
I don’t think so …
erik smit says
No, of course not. The entire dark blue area in the Balcans should be dark purple instead.
It is dark purple, its so dark purple it looks kinda blue but its definitely dark purple.
Nate Hoffman says
S.Korea has tons of Christians. Not sure if there are more Protestants or Christians, but there are churches evertwhere.
Johny Marshal says
North Sulawesi – Christians, Middle Sulawesi – Tentena, strong Christian communiti, Middle-South Sulawesi – Rantepao – Torajan culture who adopt christianity. Dutch influence (missionars). In many parts of Molucas there are also christians. Dutch dominated in this area when spice (nutmeg, clove, peper) was important, but nowdays muslim majority populate these areas too and christians could disappear.
erik smit says
The islamic world looks more uniform that it actually is. It would have been interesting if Islam had been broken down into Sunni, Shia, Alevite etc. just as christianity was broken down into a number of subgroups.
And interestingly, the author appears to consider Mormons non-Christians (see Utah, colored in as ‘other religions’.
walter schachner, komm zurück! says
well, technically “other relgions” includes non-catholic/protestant/orthodox christians as well, specifically non-trinitarian forms (such as mormonism)
walter schachner, komm zurück! says
full agreement on the islam front though.
Most Christians (including myself) consider the LDS Church to be outside of mainstream Christianity as well.
What’s with Papua’s patchwork?
Sam Huddy says
North Papua was originally colonized by Germany, South Papua by Britain. West Papua, while today part of Indonesia, was generally beyond the limits of Islamic expansion, and was visited by a number of trading powers over the centuries.
I’m guessing East Papua’s divide is from German New Guinea and British New Guinea.
Scott williamson says
Britain to my knowledge has had no input into new guinea Australia was ceded control after the First World War from the kaisers Germany ,Papua New Guinea was granted full independence by Australia in the early 70’s by Gough Whitlams labor government
Robert Basset says
Danilo Pontes says
“Muslims do not form a majority in any area of Western Europe” – *Cough* so… what`s that geen spot in the London East side? *cough*
Robert Basset says
I doubt the author has ever been near it.
igs terious says
How is a spot a majority?
Also, I’m so glad this site always takes the time to aim a kick at “right-wing fear-mongering” in Europe. Just wait until your daughter gets raped by Somalis, you b****rd.
Joe Trader says
After writing that, the author completely discredits the accuracy of his map. Did he rig the stats to reflect his left-wing extremist views?
All modern “left-wing” politics is extremist.
Historically, the terminology began with the Socialists who sat to the left of the king in France (while the Monarchists sat to the right). But today, while propagandists (including those controlling Wikipedia and some dictionaries) go as far as to call Hitler’s National SOCIALIST German Workers’ Party a “far right” movement, the divide is primarily MORE or LESS government control.
Socialism, Communism, Fascism (from the Latin “fasces” – a bundle of sticks, and the symbol of state power … why a bundle? “Stronger Together”) – all of these advocate STATE CONTROL. This is why modern Leftists call libertarians (small “l”) “right wing” … it’s all propaganda, all the time.
And that’s extreme. Trying to control other people (who are not harming others), that’s extreme. Liked life under Covid diktats? Well you’ll love it under the “urgent necessity” of shaky, shady (data manipulating) “global warming” as the Bogeyman … but in reality JUST YET ANOTHER EXCUSE for taking power over others. In a word: EXTREMIST.
OK, 2 cents. Feel free to describe “the right” with the usual PROJECTION, naysayers. I’m comfortable reading the first draft of Jefferson’s Declaration (a better draft, as he called for ending slavery … that was taken out to keep the South in the fold) or Hamilton and Madison’s Federalist Papers – those “self-evident” truths agree with mine. To be on the Left IS extremism, plain and simple. I say f*** them. Sic semper tyrannis. Out.
Oh btw … I agree with the statement on “Muslim invasion” is irrational fear … just not calling it “right wing” …
Milou Enmai says
So much delusion *sigh* When will people grow out of this god thing?
when it stops providing people with great comfort
Ján Ďanovský says
“The formerly communist states of East Germany and Czechoslovakia (now
Czech Republic and Slovakia) are clearly visible on the map as the areas
with no religion.”
I see Slovakia full red. Make sure, where Slovakia is.
Autori napísali pravdu, NDR a ČSSR – ako zdroje “nevercov” – akurát že nešpecifikovali, že rozdelením Československa vznikla jedna takmer totálna ateistická republika a druhá, ktorej obyvatelia sa hlásia k viere. Ale to je detail. a čitateľ mapy ho prečíta správne.
I’m proud of Czechia, really.
Andriamahanina Jacky says
BE SERIOUS! your data are wrong regarding Madagascar Island religions! Totally WRONG! Drawing FAKE maps from DUBIOUS DATA is insane!
Your supposed “taoism etc…” zone simply DOES NOT EXIST AT ALL! Even if you take in account the 100,000 asian originators over there! We are 24 million inhabitants in Madagascar! Do some maths please or DO NOT OUTPUT STUPID MAPS! YOU.ARE.NOT.SERIOUS!!! CHECK YOUR SOURCES!
Madagascar is 57% Christian, 25% Muslim. And people are Animist in parallel! JUST INVESTIGATE AND USE at least SOLID AND CREDIBLE DATA on the web!
Why are you shouting at a blog editor? You should address the person who made the map.
Joan McKniff says
stop shouting, please. misotra betsika
“…despite right-wing fear-mongering, Muslims do not form a majority in any area of Western Europe.”
I guess we have to wait another decade for that blessing to be upon us.
Owe Olof Dan Olsson says
just one is one to many anyway.
Michael Joslin says
You cannot zoom in on the world map one click then you are back out to the big picture .. worthless
Zooming is not that easy in a simple browser… It is best to save, and look at it properly with a graphics viewer… windows 7 ‘paint’ will open PNG files. 🙂
The part of Antarctica, which you have painted red, should have been white too. No part of Antarctica belongs to any country and there is no permanent population. Many countries have made territorial claims there in the past, many of them overlapping, but those countries have also signed the Antarctic treaty, which does not recognize the claims.
Robert Basset says
“despite right-wing fear-mongering, Muslims do not form a majority in any area of Western Europe.”
Take a stroll down some of the white British minority cities.
Have a wander through half of the boroughs of London.
Been to Paris recently?
Just put the maps up and keep your leftard gibberish to yourself.
I think there are definitely some areas in the UK that have a large Muslim presence but they do not ever make up a majority
a good example of this is Newham which is probably the first place you think of when you think of this topic and the place with the highest proportion of Muslims that I could find
32% of Newham is Muslim compared to 40% which is Christian, now this really surprised me probably because Newham is only 17% White British (which sounds really racist now I type this out)
Even when you zoom out some more and look at cities like Birmingham which was voted the city with the highest number of Muslims it only has 21.8% Muslims and London has 14.4%
So while it may seem more and more like there are a lot of Muslims in the UK they represent less than 5% of the population and even where they are concentrated in the highest proportions they don’t even make up a third of the population.
It’s Czechia and Slovakia … (Czech Republic is just a long form) 🙂
Can we get a KML file so we Google Earth Pro users can add this as a layer?
I’d like to find out more? I’d want to find out more details.
fifty-two – Robbin,
Raj Kumar says
Just After 500 Years The Whole Map Will Be Totally Dark Green
“despite right-wing fear-mongering, Muslims do not form a majority in any area of Western Europe”
Cute. Lying with statistics.
1. Who said they have to be the majority of a region to do what they do?
2. It should be “despite mass immigration,” shouldn’t it? But you wanted to get that political slur in there.
3. They ARE a majority of births in London, Paris and other cities. Oops.
do you have any sources for that? that sounds fascinating and id like to read more!
What’s with the Catholic Outpost in Iran?
do you mean Iraq?
Thought Criminal says
Cool map. You could leave out the emotionally charged political commentary though. It’s not nice and doesn’t do anyone any good.
Majority of births doesn’t mean majority of people. And look, London and Paris have lower percent christian then the rest of their respective countries do.
could you not argue that because cities in Europe have a higher proportion of atheists?
Interesting how the east cost of Africa is Islamic from trade, where as more centrally it’s often Christian from missionaries who went into the interior.