Sunni Countries 2019

Sunni is the largest sect of Islam and is a religion that is followed by as many as 90% of the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. People that follow this branch of Islam are known as Sunnites or Sunnis.

Sunnis have different beliefs from Shi’ites, followers of Shia Islam. Sunnis believe that the first four caliphs are the successors of Muhammad, while Shi’ites believe that Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad, and his descendants are the leaders of the Muslims. Another big difference between the two is that Sunnis put more of an emphasis on the power of God in the material world, while Shi’ites put more emphasis on sacrifice and martyrdom.

There are many countries where Sunni is the dominant religion. Most notably is Algeria, where Sunni Islam is the religion of the state.) In this nation, approximately 99% of people practice this religion.

Other nations where Sunni is the most popular religion include:

Afghanistan Cocos Islands Comoros Egypt Iraq Jordan Kuwait Libya Maldives Somalia Sudan Syria Tajikistan Turkey Uzbekistan

Sunni is also practiced in other nations but make up the minority in countries including Bahrain and Iran.

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1Egypt100,388,0731,002,450 km²386,946 mi²0.68%2.00%AfricaNorthern Africa
2Turkey83,429,615783,562 km²302,455 mi²0.53%1.32%AsiaWestern Asia
3Sudan42,813,2381,886,068 km²728,022 mi²1.27%2.42%AfricaNorthern Africa
4Iraq39,309,783438,317 km²169,190 mi²0.30%2.28%AsiaWestern Asia
5Afghanistan38,041,754652,230 km²251,761 mi²0.44%2.34%AsiaSouthern Asia
6Uzbekistan32,981,716447,400 km²172,696 mi²0.30%1.56%AsiaCentral Asia
7Syria17,070,135185,180 km²71,479 mi²0.12%0.74%AsiaWestern Asia
8Somalia15,442,905637,657 km²246,136 mi²0.43%2.90%AfricaEastern Africa
9Jordan10,101,69489,342 km²34,486 mi²< 0.1%1.37%AsiaWestern Asia
10Tajikistan9,321,018143,100 km²55,237 mi²< 0.1%2.42%AsiaCentral Asia
11Libya6,777,4521,759,540 km²679,182 mi²1.19%1.48%AfricaNorthern Africa
12Kuwait4,207,08317,818 km²6,878 mi²< 0.1%1.69%AsiaWestern Asia
13Comoros850,8861,862 km²719 mi²< 0.1%2.23%AfricaEastern Africa
14Maldives530,953300 km²116 mi²< 0.1%2.96%AsiaSouthern Asia