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Religious Plurality Worldwide

Apart from the local and regional research on religious plurality and diversity in one of Europe's biggest urban agglomeration, the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) at Ruhr University Bochum has also developed a Global Religious Diversity Map. 

Religious diversity country by country in one map

This map is designed to help researchers of the Plureligion Network and beyond to put their own regional project on religious plurality in a worldwide context. It is furthermore an innovative way to map religions and to illustrate religious diversity.

Click here to open an interactive map of the Global Religious Diversity Index

Ranking lists of religious diversity

Please find here the entire list of religious diversity index by country. For a quick overview of the Top-25-Countries, Bottom-25-Countries, and European countries by religious diversity please click on the right side to expand the list:

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World Top 25 Religious Diversity Countries

CountryDiversity Index
Korea, South0,8493
New Zealand0,8472
Christmas Island0,8415
Australia0,8330
Suriname0,8185
Central African Republic0,8131
United States of America0,8119
Ghana0,8115
Kenya0,8076
Malawi0,8070
Trinidad and Tobago0,8053
Bermuda0,8045
Cayman Islands0,8019
Falkland Islands0,7982
Cameroon0,7969
Antarctica0,7927
Netherlands0,7924
Estonia0,7923
Guyana0,7905
Norfolk Island0,7901
South Africa0,7832
Latvia0,7791
Singapore0,7777
Canada0,7752
Togo0,7683

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World Bottom 25 Religious Diversity Countries

CountryDiversity Index
Somaliland0,0052
Afghanistan0,0104
Sahara Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic0,0120
Mauritania0,0181
Yemen0,0183
Tunisia0,0205
Morocco0,0242
Somalia0,0298
Maldives0,0309
Mayotte0,0311
Iran0,0335
Comoros0,0338
Holy See (Vatican City)0,0400
Turkey0,0511
Iraq0,0580
Djibouti0,0602
Algeria0,0603
Libya0,0681
Tuvalu0,0710
Italy0,0749
Faroe Islands0,0786
Peru0,0802
Pakistan0,0803
Wallis and Futuna Islands0,0853
Dominican Republic0,1100

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European Countries by Religious Diversity Index

CountryDiversity Index
Netherlands0,7924
Estonia0,7923
Latvia0,7791
United Kingdom0,7557
Germany0,7500
Czech Republic0,7029
Switzerland0,6848
Kazakhstan0,6643
Belarus0,6494
Ukraine0,6369
Bosnia and Herzegovina0,6022
Hungary0,5741
Albania0,5456
Serbia0,5291
Macedonia (Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia)0,5197
Montenegro0,5079
Austria0,4856
Moldavia Moldova0,4787
Greenland0,4681
Slovakia0,4340
Russia0,4307
Liechtenstein0,4293
France0,4286
Belgium0,4259
Armenia0,4250
Gibraltar0,3882
Lithuania0,3784
Croatia0,3626
Ireland0,3573
Slovenia0,3378
Georgia0,3281
Bulgaria0,3154
Denmark0,3124
Monaco0,3058
Cyprus (Republic of Cyprus)0,2775
Finland0,2627
Sweden0,2592
Portugal0,2560
Iceland0,2481
Norway0,2267
Andorra0,2171
San Marino0,2119
Greece0,1834
Luxembourg0,1742
Poland0,1594
Spain0,1384
Malta0,1309
Faroe Islands0,0786
Italy0,0749
Turkey0,0511
Holy See (Vatican City)0,0400


 

Religious Diversity Index

 

Prof. Dr. Volkhard Krech

CERES, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany


Dr. Kimmo Ketola

Kirkon tutkimuskeskus, Tampere, Finland

 

Prof. Dr. Stefan Huber

Fakultät für Theologie, Universität Bern, Schweiz