Hindu Countries 2019

Hinduism is a major world religion originating on the Indian subcontinent and widely practiced through parts of Southeast Asia. Hinduism is considered to be dharma, or way of life, and comprises varied systems of philosophy, belief, and rituals. The four largest denominations of Hinduism are Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism, and Smartism.

Hinduism, more so than any other religion, accepts and celebrates that truth or reality cannot be encapsulated and must be sought in multiple sources. Many Hindus strongly believe that tolerance is the foremost religious virtue and consider Hinduism to be a way of life more so than a religion.

Prominent themes in Hindu beliefs include the four Puruṣārthas, the proper goals or aims of human life. These are Dharma (ethics/duties), Artha (prosperity/work), Kama (desires/passions), and Moksha (liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth/salvation). Additionally, Hinduism is shaped by five elements: doctrine, practice, society, story, and devotion.

Hinduism is believed to be the oldest religion in the world, developing between 500 BCE and 300 BCE. It is currently the third-largest religion worldwide with approximately 1.15 billion Hindus around the world. Hinduism is the dominant religion in India, Nepal, and Mauritius and has significant populations in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, North America, South America and other places around the world.

The ten countries with the highest Hindu population are:

  1. India
  2. Nepal
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Indonesia
  5. Pakistan
  6. Sri Lanka
  7. United States
  8. Malaysia
  9. United Kingdom
  10. Mauritius

India, unsurprisingly, has the largest Hindu population in the world of 1.053 billion. This comprises 79.80% of India’s total population. Nepal has the second-highest Hindu population of 23.5 million, which is 81.30% of the country’s population.

Below is a table of each country’s total Hindu population and the percentage of the total population that is Hindu.

Country Hindu Population % of Hindu Population Population 2019
Maldives370.01%530,953
Samoa380.02%197,097
Anguilla580.43%14,869
Djibouti990.02%973,560
Tonga1000.10%104,494
Brunei1310.04%433,285
Dominica1450.20%71,808
Burkina Faso1500.00%20,321,378
Latvia1790.01%1,906,743
Estonia2950.03%1,325,648
Luxembourg3360.07%615,729
Lithuania3440.01%2,759,627
Antigua And Barbuda3790.40%97,118
Moldova4330.01%4,043,263
Croatia4490.01%4,130,304
Georgia4650.01%3,996,765
Slovenia5000.03%2,078,654
United States Virgin Islands5281.90%104,578
Belize6120.20%390,353
Gibraltar6282.00%33,701
Grenada6300.70%112,003
Comoros7110.10%850,886
Barbados1,0550.46%287,025
Martinique1,3170.30%375,554
Swaziland1,7000.15%1,148,130
Hungary1,7670.02%9,684,679
Jamaica1,8360.07%2,948,279
Seychelles1,9102.10%97,739
Lesotho2,1250.10%2,125,268
Guadeloupe2,3000.50%400,056
Czech Republic2,4040.02%10,689,209
Poland2,4210.01%37,887,768
Sierra Leone2,4580.04%7,813,215
Malawi2,7210.02%18,628,747
Uzbekistan2,7780.01%32,981,716
Liberia3,1960.10%4,937,374
Botswana3,3530.30%2,303,697
Puerto Rico3,5500.09%2,933,408
Afghanistan4,0000.40%38,041,754
Argentina4,0300.01%44,780,677
Eritrea4,9070.10%3,497,117
Lebanon4,9260.10%6,855,713
Finland5,0000.10%5,532,156
Slovakia5,4480.10%5,457,013
Denmark5,4680.10%5,771,876
Brazil5,6750.00%211,049,527
Libya6,0370.10%6,777,452
Belgium6,2350.06%11,539,328
Israel6,4270.10%8,519,377
Bahrain7,0001.00%1,641,172
Sweden7,0440.08%10,036,379
Portugal7,3960.07%10,226,187
Burundi8,3910.10%11,530,580
Colombia8,8760.02%50,339,443
Panama9,7260.30%4,246,439
Philippines10,0000.10%108,116,615
Mozambique10,4530.05%30,366,036
Austria11,0000.10%8,955,102
Ghana11,4660.05%30,417,856
South Korea12,4520.01%51,225,308
Ireland14,3000.30%4,882,495
Zambia16,0680.14%17,861,030
Ivory Coast18,0130.10%25,716,544
Madagascar19,4490.10%26,969,307
Iran20,0000.10%82,913,906
Norway23,1400.50%5,378,857
Cuba23,9270.21%11,333,483
Switzerland28,7080.38%8,591,365
Japan30,0000.10%126,860,301
Cambodia41,9880.30%16,486,542
Ukraine42,3860.10%43,993,638
Vietnam50,3050.06%96,462,106
Reunion55,4096.70%888,927
Kenya60,0000.10%52,573,973
Uganda60,5250.20%44,269,594
France63,7180.10%65,129,728
Thailand65,0000.10%69,625,582
New Zealand90,1582.10%4,783,063
Netherlands96,1100.58%17,097,130
Oman96,1473.00%4,974,986
Germany100,0000.12%83,517,045
Italy108,9500.20%60,550,075
Dr Congo118,3530.18%86,790,567
Suriname120,62322.30%581,372
Zimbabwe123,1111.00%14,645,468
Russia143,0000.10%145,872,256
Yemen155,6140.70%29,161,922
Bhutan185,70022.60%763,092
Guyana190,96624.83%782,766
Trinidad And Tobago237,73722.50%1,394,973
Myanmar252,7630.50%54,045,420
Fiji275,60327.70%889,953
Singapore280,0005.00%5,804,337
Kuwait300,66712.00%4,207,083
Saudi Arabia303,6110.60%34,268,528
Tanzania354,4580.90%58,005,463
Qatar358,80013.80%2,832,067
Australia440,3001.90%25,203,198
United Arab Emirates490,0005.00%9,770,529
Canada497,9651.45%37,411,047
South Africa550,0000.90%58,558,270
Mauritius600,42348.50%1,269,668
United Kingdom832,0001.70%67,530,172
Malaysia1,949,8506.30%31,949,777
United States2,230,0000.70%329,064,917
Sri Lanka2,671,00012.60%21,323,733
Pakistan3,626,0001.85%216,565,318
Indonesia4,400,0001.69%270,625,568
Bangladesh14,300,0008.54%163,046,161
Nepal23,500,00081.30%28,608,710
India1,053,000,00079.80%1,366,417,754