Sunni Countries 2020

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.

Country % of Sunni Muslim % of Shia Muslim Population 2019
Iran7.50%92.50%82,913,906
Iraq32.50%67.50%39,309,783
Lebanon52.00%48.00%6,855,713
Yemen65.00%35.00%29,161,922
Syria80.00%20.00%17,070,135
Saudi Arabia85.00%15.00%34,268,528
Afghanistan87.50%12.50%38,041,754
Pakistan87.50%12.50%216,565,318
Tajikistan90.00%10.00%9,321,018
Comoros99.00%1.00%850,886
Somalia99.00%1.00%15,442,905
Uzbekistan99.00%1.00%32,981,716
Algeria99.90%0.10%43,053,054
Jordan99.90%0.10%10,101,694
Libya99.90%0.10%6,777,452
Maldives99.90%0.10%530,953
Morocco99.90%0.10%36,471,769
Sudan99.90%0.10%42,813,238
Tunisia99.90%0.10%11,694,719
Turkey99.90%0.10%83,429,615
Egypt99.90%0.10%100,388,073