Least Religious Countries 2020

For thousands of years, religion has brought people of nations together … and in some cases, has torn them apart. Surveys and studies are used to show the most and least religious countries based on religious beliefs, the number of residents that “feel” religious, and how nations perceive other nations.

When analyzing the data of WIN/Gallup International polls, China is found to be the least religious country. Less than 10% of residents stated that they feel religious in this nation and over 60% are “convinced atheists.”

According to the poll, Japan is the second least-religious nation, with just 13% of residents stating that they feel religious. Ranking third in the poll is Estonia, where just 16% of the population feel religious.

Rounding out the top 10 least religious countries based on this data are:

  1. China (7% feel religious)
  2. Japan (13% feel religious)
  3. Estonia (16% feel religious)
  4. Sweden (19% feel religious)
  5. Norway (21% feel religious)
  6. Czech Republic (23% feel religious)
  7. Hong Kong (26% feel religious)
  8. Netherlands (26% feel religious)
  9. Israel (30% feel religious)
  10. United Kingdom (30% feel religious)

When it comes to public perception, the results are a bit different. A survey of over 16,000 people found that nations viewed Australia as the least religious country in the world. Sweden and Germany rank second and third, respectively, on the poll based on public perception. The top 10 nations found to be the least religious based on perception include:

  1. Australia
  2. Sweden
  3. Germany
  4. Netherlands
  5. New Zealand
  6. Luxembourg
  7. Denmark
  8. Canada
  9. France
  10. Austria
Country Religion not Important in Daily Life Important in Daily Life Population 2019
Ethiopia0.00%100.00%112,078,730
Bangladesh0.00%100.00%163,046,161
Niger0.00%100.00%23,310,715
Somalia0.00%100.00%15,442,905
Sri Lanka1.00%99.00%21,323,733
Indonesia1.00%99.00%270,625,568
Malawi1.00%99.00%18,628,747
Yemen1.00%99.00%29,161,922
Burundi2.00%98.00%11,530,580
Comoros2.00%97.00%850,886
Djibouti2.00%98.00%973,560
Mauritania2.00%98.00%4,525,696
Morocco2.00%97.00%36,471,769
Thailand2.00%97.00%69,625,582
Egypt2.00%97.00%100,388,073
Myanmar3.00%97.00%54,045,420
Cambodia3.00%96.00%16,486,542
Guinea3.00%97.00%12,771,246
Afghanistan3.00%97.00%38,041,754
Laos3.00%97.00%7,169,455
Malaysia3.00%96.00%31,949,777
Mali3.00%95.00%19,658,031
Nigeria3.00%96.00%200,963,599
Algeria4.00%95.00%43,053,054
Cameroon4.00%96.00%25,876,380
Jordan4.00%96.00%10,101,694
Bahrain4.00%94.00%1,641,172
Philippines4.00%96.00%108,116,615
Qatar4.00%95.00%2,832,067
Saudi Arabia4.00%93.00%34,268,528
Senegal4.00%96.00%16,296,364
Chad5.00%95.00%15,946,876
Republic Of The Congo5.00%95.00%5,380,508
Dr Congo5.00%94.00%86,790,567
Ghana5.00%95.00%30,417,856
Rwanda5.00%95.00%12,626,950
Tunisia5.00%93.00%11,694,719
Zambia5.00%95.00%17,861,030
Central African Republic6.00%94.00%4,745,185
Kenya6.00%94.00%52,573,973
Kuwait6.00%91.00%4,207,083
Liberia6.00%94.00%4,937,374
Nepal6.00%93.00%28,608,710
Pakistan6.00%92.00%216,565,318
Benin7.00%93.00%11,801,151
Palestine7.00%93.00%4,981,420
Madagascar7.00%93.00%26,969,307
Sudan7.00%93.00%42,813,238
Uganda7.00%93.00%44,269,594
Paraguay8.00%92.00%7,044,636
Trinidad And Tobago8.00%92.00%1,394,973
United Arab Emirates8.00%91.00%9,770,529
Guatemala9.00%88.00%17,581,472
India9.00%90.00%1,366,417,754
Namibia9.00%92.00%2,494,530
Syria9.00%89.00%17,070,135
Malta10.00%86.00%440,372
Bolivia10.00%89.00%11,513,100
Angola11.00%88.00%31,825,295
Iraq11.00%84.00%39,309,783
Panama11.00%88.00%4,246,439
Tanzania11.00%89.00%58,005,463
Ivory Coast12.00%88.00%25,716,544
Lebanon12.00%87.00%6,855,713
Romania12.00%84.00%19,364,557
Zimbabwe12.00%88.00%14,645,468
Tajikistan12.00%85.00%9,321,018
Burkina Faso12.00%88.00%20,321,378
Dominican Republic13.00%87.00%10,738,958
Brazil13.00%87.00%211,049,527
Togo13.00%80.00%8,082,366
Mozambique14.00%86.00%30,366,036
Peru14.00%84.00%32,510,453
Puerto Rico14.00%85.00%2,933,408
Honduras15.00%84.00%9,746,117
Nicaragua15.00%84.00%6,545,502
South Africa15.00%85.00%58,558,270
Turkey15.00%82.00%83,429,615
Colombia16.00%83.00%50,339,443
El Salvador16.00%83.00%6,453,553
Georgia16.00%81.00%3,996,765
Ecuador17.00%82.00%17,373,662
Turkmenistan18.00%80.00%5,942,089
Moldova19.00%72.00%4,043,263
Poland19.00%75.00%37,887,768
Costa Rica20.00%79.00%5,047,561
Bosnia And Herzegovina21.00%77.00%3,301,000
Venezuela21.00%79.00%28,515,829
Haiti23.00%75.00%11,263,077
Botswana23.00%77.00%2,303,697
Cyprus25.00%75.00%1,198,575
Italy25.00%72.00%60,550,075
Kyrgyzstan25.00%72.00%6,415,850
Mexico25.00%73.00%127,575,529
Armenia25.00%73.00%2,957,731
Iran26.00%73.00%82,913,906
Portugal26.00%72.00%10,226,187
Croatia28.00%70.00%4,130,304
Greece28.00%71.00%10,473,455
Montenegro28.00%71.00%627,987
Chile29.00%70.00%18,952,038
Singapore29.00%70.00%5,804,337
Jamaica30.00%70.00%2,948,279
United States31.00%69.00%329,064,917
Belize33.00%62.00%390,353
Argentina34.00%65.00%44,780,677
Uzbekistan38.00%59.00%32,981,716
Austria43.00%55.00%8,955,102
Serbia44.00%54.00%8,772,235
Ireland46.00%54.00%4,882,495
Israel48.00%51.00%8,519,377
Kazakhstan48.00%43.00%18,551,427
Ukraine48.00%46.00%43,993,638
Azerbaijan49.00%50.00%10,047,718
Lithuania49.00%42.00%2,759,627
Spain51.00%49.00%46,736,776
Slovakia52.00%47.00%5,457,013
Slovenia52.00%47.00%2,078,654
Albania53.00%39.00%2,880,917
Taiwan54.00%45.00%23,773,876
Belarus56.00%34.00%9,452,411
South Korea56.00%43.00%51,225,308
Canada57.00%42.00%37,411,047
Switzerland57.00%41.00%8,591,365
Hungary58.00%39.00%9,684,679
Latvia58.00%39.00%1,906,743
Belgium58.00%33.00%11,539,328
Germany59.00%40.00%83,517,045
Luxembourg59.00%39.00%615,729
Uruguay59.00%41.00%3,461,734
Bulgaria62.00%34.00%7,000,119
Cuba64.00%34.00%11,333,483
New Zealand66.00%33.00%4,783,063
Russia66.00%34.00%145,872,256
Netherlands67.00%33.00%17,097,130
Australia68.00%32.00%25,203,198
France69.00%30.00%65,129,728
Vietnam69.00%30.00%96,462,106
Finland70.00%28.00%5,532,156
United Kingdom73.00%27.00%67,530,172
Hong Kong74.00%24.00%7,436,154
Czech Republic75.00%21.00%10,689,209
Japan75.00%24.00%126,860,301
Estonia78.00%16.00%1,325,648
Norway78.00%21.00%5,378,857
Denmark80.00%19.00%5,771,876
Sweden82.00%17.00%10,036,379