Buddhist Countries 2019

Buddhism is one of the largest religions in the world. This religion originated in India, and it is based around the teachings of Buddha. There are traditions, practices and beliefs of this religion that are unique to this religion. Those that practice Buddhism – known as Buddhists – believe in reincarnation. That is, they believe that death is not the end but instead a person is reborn after they pass. Buddhists believe that finding enlightenment – or Nirvana – is the key to stopping the cycle of rebirth.

For some, Buddhism is a religion. For others, it is a philosophy, while others practice Buddhism to find themselves and experience inner peace. Buddhism is a religion that is practiced worldwide. In fact, it is believed that as many as 535 million people around the world practice this religion, which would represent between 8% and 10% of the world’s total population.

There are several countries that have a very high proportion of Buddhism followers. The country with the highest proportion is Cambodia. Of its population of over 15 million, over 13 million – or 96.9% of the total population – are Buddhists. Other countries that have a high percentage of Buddhist residents include:

Each of the nations listed above have a Buddhist population that makes up at least 55% of the total population. However, these aren’t the only nations that have millions of Buddhist residents. The countries with Buddhist populations making up at least 10% of the total population include:

* Data is from 2010
Country Number of Buddhists Buddhists % Population 2019
China244,130,00018.20%1,433,783,686
Thailand64,420,00093.20%69,625,582
Japan45,820,00036.20%126,860,301
Myanmar38,410,00087.90%54,045,420
Sri Lanka14,450,00069.30%21,323,733
Vietnam14,380,00016.40%96,462,106
Cambodia13,690,00096.90%16,486,542
South Korea11,050,00022.90%51,225,308
India9,250,0000.80%1,366,417,754
Malaysia5,010,00019.80%31,949,777
Taiwan4,950,00021.30%23,773,876
Laos4,100,00066.10%7,169,455
United States3,570,0001.20%329,064,917
Nepal3,080,00010.30%28,608,710
Singapore1,730,00033.90%5,804,337
Indonesia1,720,0000.70%270,625,568
Mongolia1,520,00055.10%3,225,167
Hong Kong930,00013.20%7,436,154
Bangladesh720,0000.50%163,046,161
Australia600,0002.70%25,203,198
Bhutan540,00074.70%763,092
North Korea370,0001.50%25,666,161
France280,0000.50%65,129,728
Canada280,0000.80%37,411,047
Brazil250,0000.10%211,049,527
United Kingdom240,0000.40%67,530,172
Germany210,0000.30%83,517,045
Russia170,0000.10%145,872,256
United Arab Emirates150,0002.00%9,770,529
Italy110,0000.20%60,550,075
South Africa100,0000.20%58,558,270
Saudi Arabia90,0000.30%34,268,528
Macau90,00017.30%640,445
Philippines80,0000.10%108,116,615
Kuwait80,0002.80%4,207,083
New Zealand70,0001.60%4,783,063
Portugal60,0000.60%10,226,187
Qatar50,0003.10%2,832,067
Peru50,0000.20%32,510,453
Turkey40,0000.10%83,429,615
Sweden40,0000.40%10,036,379
Netherlands40,0000.20%17,097,130
Kazakhstan40,0000.20%18,551,427
Brunei30,0008.60%433,285
Switzerland30,0000.40%8,591,365
Norway30,0000.60%5,378,857
Belgium30,0000.20%11,539,328
Bahrain30,0002.50%1,641,172
Ukraine20,0000.10%43,993,638
Pakistan20,0000.10%216,565,318
Oman20,0000.80%4,974,986
Libya20,0000.30%6,777,452
Jordan20,0000.40%10,101,694
Austria20,0000.20%8,955,102
Israel20,0000.30%8,519,377
Argentina20,0000.10%44,780,677
Solomon Islands10,0000.30%669,823
Zambia10,0000.10%17,861,030
Yemen10,0000.10%29,161,922
Venezuela10,0000.10%28,515,829
Uzbekistan10,0000.10%32,981,716
Uruguay10,0000.10%3,461,734
Burkina Faso10,0000.10%20,321,378
United States Virgin Islands10,0000.10%104,578
Belize10,0000.50%390,353
Tanzania10,0000.10%58,005,463
Egypt10,0000.10%100,388,073
Uganda10,0000.10%44,269,594
Albania10,0000.10%2,880,917
Tuvalu10,0000.10%11,646
Turkmenistan10,0000.10%5,942,089
Tunisia10,0000.10%11,694,719
Trinidad And Tobago10,0000.30%1,394,973
Tonga10,0000.10%104,494
Togo10,0000.10%8,082,366
Tajikistan10,0000.10%9,321,018
Suriname10,0000.60%581,372
Sudan10,0000.10%42,813,238
Spain10,0000.10%46,736,776
Botswana10,0000.10%2,303,697
Zimbabwe10,0000.10%14,645,468
Slovenia10,0000.10%2,078,654
Slovakia10,0000.10%5,457,013
Sierra Leone10,0000.30%7,813,215
Seychelles10,0000.10%97,739
Serbia10,0000.10%8,772,235
Senegal10,0000.30%16,296,364
Bolivia10,0000.10%11,513,100
Romania10,0000.10%19,364,557
Reunion10,0000.20%888,927
Puerto Rico10,0000.30%2,933,408
Poland10,0000.10%37,887,768
Paraguay10,0000.10%7,044,636
Bermuda10,0000.50%62,506
Papua New Guinea10,0000.10%8,776,109
Panama10,0000.20%4,246,439
Palau10,0000.80%18,008
Micronesia10,0000.40%113,815
Northern Mariana Islands10,00010.60%57,216
Nigeria10,0000.10%200,963,599
Nicaragua10,0000.10%6,545,502
Vanuatu10,0000.10%299,882
New Caledonia10,0000.60%282,750
Aruba10,0000.10%106,314
Nauru10,0001.10%10,756
Barbados10,0000.10%287,025
Namibia10,0000.10%2,494,530
Armenia10,0000.10%2,957,731
Mozambique10,0000.10%30,366,036
Morocco10,0000.10%36,471,769
Montenegro10,0000.10%627,987
Mexico10,0000.10%127,575,529
Mauritius10,0000.10%1,269,668
Martinique10,0000.10%375,554
Malta10,0000.10%440,372
Mali10,0000.10%19,658,031
Maldives10,0000.60%530,953
Malawi10,0000.10%18,628,747
Madagascar10,0000.10%26,969,307
Luxembourg10,0000.10%615,729
Lithuania10,0000.10%2,759,627
Bahamas10,0000.10%389,482
Liechtenstein10,0000.10%38,019
Liberia10,0000.10%4,937,374
Latvia10,0000.10%1,906,743
Lesotho10,0000.10%2,125,268
Lebanon10,0000.20%6,855,713
Kyrgyzstan10,0000.10%6,415,850
Kenya10,0000.10%52,573,973
Afghanistan10,0000.10%38,041,754
Jamaica10,0000.10%2,948,279
Ivory Coast10,0000.10%25,716,544
Ireland10,0000.20%4,882,495
Iraq10,0000.10%39,309,783
Iran10,0000.10%82,913,906
Iceland10,0000.40%339,031
Hungary10,0000.10%9,684,679
Honduras10,0000.10%9,746,117
Haiti10,0000.10%11,263,077
Guyana10,0000.10%782,766
Guinea10,0000.10%12,771,246
Guatemala10,0000.10%17,581,472
Guam10,0001.10%167,294
Azerbaijan10,0000.10%10,047,718
Greece10,0000.10%10,473,455
Ghana10,0000.10%30,417,856
Palestine10,0000.10%4,981,420
French Polynesia10,0000.10%279,287
French Guiana10,0000.10%290,832
Finland10,0000.10%5,532,156
Fiji10,0000.10%889,953
Angola10,0000.10%31,825,295
Falkland Islands10,0000.10%3,377
Estonia10,0000.10%1,325,648
Ethiopia10,0000.10%112,078,730
El Salvador10,0000.10%6,453,553
Ecuador10,0000.10%17,373,662
Dominican Republic10,0000.10%10,738,958
Dominica10,0000.10%71,808
Denmark10,0000.20%5,771,876
Benin10,0000.10%11,801,151
Czech Republic10,0000.10%10,689,209
Andorra10,0000.10%77,142
Cyprus10,0000.20%1,198,575
Cuba10,0000.10%11,333,483
Croatia10,0000.10%4,130,304
Costa Rica10,0000.10%5,047,561
Dr Congo10,0000.10%86,790,567
Republic Of The Congo10,0000.10%5,380,508
Colombia10,0000.10%50,339,443
American Samoa10,0000.30%55,312
Chile10,0000.10%18,952,038
Chad10,0000.10%15,946,876
Cameroon10,0000.10%25,876,380
Algeria10,0000.10%43,053,054
Belarus10,0000.10%9,452,411
Bulgaria10,0000.10%7,000,119