Highest Catholic Population 2020

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