Highest Catholic Population 2019

Catholicism is a religion that is practiced in nations all around the world. There are several core beliefs of Catholicism. First, Catholics believe that Jesus is the son of God. Catholics also believe that the Bible is the word of God. Catholics also use the Ten Commandments as a moral and ethical compass.

Catholics believe in Adam and Eve, and they believe that because of Adam and Eve, all humans are sinners. Catholics believe that the practice of baptism removes this original sin and is necessary for salvation.

Data from the CIA Factbook and the Pew Research Center has been used to identify nation’s with the highest population of Catholics. When looking at the total number of Catholics in a nation, Brazil comes out on top. It is estimated that at least 112 million people in Brazil are Catholic, although this number could be as high as 126 million.

Mexico also has many Catholic residents. Over 98 million people in Mexico are Catholic. The Philippines comes in third with over 85 million Catholics.

The top 10 nations with the most number of Catholics are:

This list changes a bit when you look at the total percentage of a nation that practices Catholicism. For example, just over 800 people in Vatican City are Catholic. This seems like a small number, but it is 100% of the total population.

Over 96% of East Timor’s population is Catholic. San Marino comes in third based on the percentage of Catholics at 90.5%.

Based on percentages, the top 10 nations with the highest Catholic populations are:

Country % Catholic of Total Population Number of Catholics Population 2019
Vatican City100.00%799799
Timor Leste96.90%1,021,0001,293,119
San Marino90.50%29,41233,860
Paraguay89.00%6,000,0007,044,636
Malta88.70%361,372440,372
Andorra88.20%61,74077,142
Croatia86.30%3,698,0004,130,304
Poland85.80%33,037,01737,887,768
Portugal84.50%8,920,00010,226,187
Italy83.00%50,474,00060,550,075
Monaco82.30%29,93338,964
Philippines81.40%85,470,000108,116,615
Equatorial Guinea80.70%1,410,0001,355,986
Mexico80.00%100,000,000127,575,529
Ireland78.30%3,729,0004,882,495
Cape Verde77.30%395,850549,935
Lithuania77.20%2,311,7222,759,627
Ecuador77.00%11,265,52317,373,662
Seychelles76.20%70,86697,739
Liechtenstein75.90%25,80338,019
Peru75.00%23,674,00032,510,453
Colombia75.00%35,000,00050,339,443
Sao Tome And Principe73.50%119,805215,056
Slovenia73.20%1,511,9802,078,654
Bolivia73.00%7,980,00011,513,100
Venezuela70.00%22,400,00028,515,829
Argentina68.50%28,770,00044,780,677
Spain66.00%30,720,00046,736,776
Luxembourg65.90%369,600615,729
Panama62.50%2,162,5004,246,439
Burundi62.10%7,440,00011,530,580
Slovakia62.00%3,347,2775,457,013
Saint Lucia61.30%101,500182,790
Chile60.80%9,000,00018,952,038
France58.50%39,000,00065,129,728
Dominica58.10%41,56471,808
Belgium58.00%6,500,00011,539,328
Brazil57.50%123,360,000211,049,527
Costa Rica57.00%2,850,0005,047,561
Austria56.90%5,050,0008,955,102
Kiribati55.80%54,684117,606
Haiti54.70%5,470,00011,263,077
Dominican Republic52.50%5,460,00010,738,958
Cuba51.70%5,790,00011,333,483
Gabon50.00%694,6002,172,579
Lesotho45.70%946,0002,125,268
Nicaragua45.00%2,700,0006,545,502
Grenada44.60%39,917112,003
Rwanda43.70%4,807,00012,626,950
Guatemala43.00%7,000,00017,581,472
Palau41.60%8,29918,008
Honduras41.50%3,652,0009,746,117
Angola41.10%10,600,00031,825,295
Belize40.00%133,600390,353
Uruguay39.50%1,330,0003,461,734
Uganda39.30%16,500,00044,269,594
El Salvador39.00%2,730,0006,453,553
Canada38.70%13,843,00037,411,047
Cameroon38.40%9,846,00025,876,380
Hungary37.20%3,674,2449,684,679
Dr Congo36.80%28,700,00086,790,567
Switzerland36.55%3,052,0008,591,365
Republic Of The Congo33.10%1,675,5295,380,508
South Sudan30.00%3,000,00011,062,113
Madagascar29.50%5,318,29326,969,307
Lebanon28.80%1,382,4006,855,713
Mozambique28.40%4,618,79530,366,036
Malawi28.40%3,449,48718,628,747
Germany27.70%23,002,00083,517,045
Tanzania27.20%12,220,68958,005,463
Papua New Guinea27.00%1,890,0008,776,109
Benin26.60%1,984,36611,801,151
Togo26.40%1,499,9218,082,366
Central African Republic25.00%949,9744,745,185
Mauritius23.60%289,3141,269,668
Netherlands23.30%3,943,00017,097,130
Australia22.60%5,292,00025,203,198
Kenya22.10%9,613,50052,573,973
Trinidad And Tobago21.60%286,0001,394,973
Suriname21.60%119,000581,372
Ivory Coast21.40%5,093,00025,716,544
Zambia21.00%3,003,00017,861,030
United States21.00%69,300,000329,064,917
Chad20.10%2,520,00015,946,876
Samoa19.60%35,084197,097
Latvia19.10%437,4351,906,743
Solomon Islands19.00%100,000669,823
Burkina Faso17.00%2,367,30320,321,378
Namibia16.90%344,2022,494,530
Tonga15.60%15,912104,494
Bosnia And Herzegovina15.19%536,3333,301,000
Vanuatu13.10%36,500299,882
Ghana12.90%2,712,85130,417,856
Nigeria12.60%23,940,000200,963,599
Bahamas12.00%39,600389,482
New Zealand11.10%492,0004,783,063
South Korea11.00%5,813,77051,225,308
Czech Republic10.20%1,071,00010,689,209
Albania10.00%302,0002,880,917
Fiji9.10%80,401889,953
United Kingdom9.00%5,700,00067,530,172
Guinea Bissau8.90%126,0261,920,922
Bahrain8.90%71,2001,641,172
Marshall Islands8.40%5,20858,791
Antigua And Barbuda8.20%6,93097,118
Guyana8.10%91,833782,766
Ukraine7.80%3,354,00043,993,638
Zimbabwe7.71%982,79214,645,468
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines7.50%7,950110,589
South Africa7.10%2,851,32758,558,270
Belarus7.10%674,5009,452,411
Vietnam6.80%5,658,00096,462,106
Saint Kitts And Nevis6.70%3,40052,823
Serbia6.10%433,1678,772,235
Kuwait6.10%142,4744,207,083
Sri Lanka6.10%1,237,00021,323,733
Qatar5.80%50,0002,832,067
Liberia5.40%188,0394,937,374
Brunei5.00%18,618433,285
United Arab Emirates5.00%128,1609,770,529
Botswana4.90%80,3652,303,697
Singapore4.80%165,9645,804,337
Romania4.70%1,787,40819,364,557
Barbados4.20%10,000287,025
Oman4.10%110,0004,974,986
Iceland3.90%13,799339,031
Senegal3.50%389,43916,296,364
Montenegro3.40%21,299627,987
Malaysia3.30%1,290,45331,949,777
Eritrea3.30%150,5323,497,117
Sierra Leone2.90%174,5117,813,215
Indonesia2.90%7,395,000270,625,568
Guinea2.60%246,16412,771,246
Saudi Arabia2.50%660,43934,268,528
Norway2.40%120,9005,378,857
Gambia2.10%33,4582,347,706
Syria2.00%368,97517,070,135
Jamaica2.00%57,7802,948,279
Palestine2.00%80,0004,981,420
Sweden1.80%180,00010,036,379
Mali1.50%189,28919,658,031
Taiwan1.30%297,62623,773,876
Israel1.20%92,9528,519,377
India1.20%15,520,0001,366,417,754
Myanmar1.10%450,54954,045,420
Tuvalu1.00%10011,646
Sudan1.00%300,00042,813,238
Armenia1.00%29,8292,957,731
Cyprus1.00%11,0001,198,575
China0.87%12,000,0001,433,783,686
Pakistan0.80%1,656,000216,565,318
Georgia0.80%84,1933,996,765
Libya0.70%40,3586,777,452
Ethiopia0.70%584,426112,078,730
Denmark0.70%40,0005,771,876
Laos0.60%37,3027,169,455
Kazakhstan0.60%91,11518,551,427
Russia0.50%717,101145,872,256
Moldova0.50%20,4944,043,263
Bulgaria0.50%37,2517,000,119
Jordan0.40%23,03810,101,694
Greece0.40%44,68310,473,455
Iraq0.35%133,00039,309,783
Thailand0.30%196,33369,625,582
Japan0.30%382,251126,860,301
Estonia0.30%3,9981,325,648
Tunisia0.20%22,00011,694,719
Djibouti0.20%953973,560
Finland0.20%12,4345,532,156
Comoros0.20%1,600850,886
Algeria0.14%45,00043,053,054
Egypt0.10%77,505100,388,073
Niger0.10%11,66523,310,715
Mauritania0.10%3,0864,525,696
Kyrgyzstan0.10%5,1466,415,850
Cambodia0.10%10,00016,486,542
Morocco0.07%22,90836,471,769
Bangladesh0.07%110,000163,046,161
Western Sahara0.06%163582,463
Bhutan0.06%1,339763,092
Turkey0.05%35,00083,429,615
Mongolia0.04%1,1163,225,167
Nepal0.03%8,30228,608,710
Azerbaijan0.03%2,57410,047,718
Yemen0.02%4,14529,161,922
Maldives0.02%80530,953
Iran0.02%13,60382,913,906
Uzbekistan0.01%2,68532,981,716
Turkmenistan0.01%5005,942,089
Tajikistan0.01%1,0009,321,018
North Korea0.01%2,29125,666,161
Somalia0.00%10015,442,905
Afghanistan0.00%10038,041,754