Buddhist Countries 2020

Buddhism is one of the largest religions in the world. This religion originated in India, and it is based around the teachings of Buddha. There are traditions, practices and beliefs of this religion that are unique to this religion. Those that practice Buddhism – known as Buddhists – believe in reincarnation. That is, they believe that death is not the end but instead a person is reborn after they pass. Buddhists believe that finding enlightenment – or Nirvana – is the key to stopping the cycle of rebirth.

For some, Buddhism is a religion. For others, it is a philosophy, while others practice Buddhism to find themselves and experience inner peace. Buddhism is a religion that is practiced worldwide. In fact, it is believed that as many as 535 million people around the world practice this religion, which would represent between 8% and 10% of the world’s total population.

There are several countries that have a very high proportion of Buddhism followers. The country with the highest proportion is Cambodia. Of its population of over 15 million, over 13 million – or 96.9% of the total population – are Buddhists. Other countries that have a high percentage of Buddhist residents include:

Each of the nations listed above have a Buddhist population that makes up at least 55% of the total population. However, these aren’t the only nations that have millions of Buddhist residents. The countries with Buddhist populations making up at least 10% of the total population include:

Buddhist Countries 2020

* Data is from 2010
Country Number of Buddhists Buddhists % Population 2020
China244,130,00018.20%1,439,323,776
Thailand64,420,00093.20%69,799,978
Japan45,820,00036.20%126,476,461
Myanmar38,410,00087.90%54,409,800
Sri Lanka14,450,00069.30%21,413,249
Vietnam14,380,00016.40%97,338,579
Cambodia13,690,00096.90%16,718,965
South Korea11,050,00022.90%51,269,185
India9,250,0000.80%1,380,004,385
Malaysia5,010,00019.80%32,365,999
Taiwan4,950,00021.30%23,816,775
Laos4,100,00066.10%7,275,560
United States3,570,0001.20%331,002,651
Nepal3,080,00010.30%29,136,808
Singapore1,730,00033.90%5,850,342
Indonesia1,720,0000.70%273,523,615
Mongolia1,520,00055.10%3,278,290
Hong Kong930,00013.20%7,496,981
Bangladesh720,0000.50%164,689,383
Australia600,0002.70%25,499,884
Bhutan540,00074.70%771,608
North Korea370,0001.50%25,778,816
France280,0000.50%65,273,511
Canada280,0000.80%37,742,154
Brazil250,0000.10%212,559,417
United Kingdom240,0000.40%67,886,011
Germany210,0000.30%83,783,942
Russia170,0000.10%145,934,462
United Arab Emirates150,0002.00%9,890,402
Italy110,0000.20%60,461,826
South Africa100,0000.20%59,308,690
Saudi Arabia90,0000.30%34,813,871
Macau90,00017.30%649,335
Philippines80,0000.10%109,581,078
Kuwait80,0002.80%4,270,571
New Zealand70,0001.60%4,822,233
Portugal60,0000.60%10,196,709
Qatar50,0003.10%2,881,053
Peru50,0000.20%32,971,854
Turkey40,0000.10%84,339,067
Sweden40,0000.40%10,099,265
Netherlands40,0000.20%17,134,872
Kazakhstan40,0000.20%18,776,707
Brunei30,0008.60%437,479
Switzerland30,0000.40%8,654,622
Norway30,0000.60%5,421,241
Belgium30,0000.20%11,589,623
Bahrain30,0002.50%1,701,575
Ukraine20,0000.10%43,733,762
Pakistan20,0000.10%220,892,340
Oman20,0000.80%5,106,626
Libya20,0000.30%6,871,292
Jordan20,0000.40%10,203,134
Austria20,0000.20%9,006,398
Israel20,0000.30%8,655,535
Argentina20,0000.10%45,195,774
Solomon Islands10,0000.30%686,884
Zambia10,0000.10%18,383,955
Yemen10,0000.10%29,825,964
Venezuela10,0000.10%28,435,940
Uzbekistan10,0000.10%33,469,203
Uruguay10,0000.10%3,473,730
Burkina Faso10,0000.10%20,903,273
United States Virgin Islands10,0000.10%104,425
Belize10,0000.50%397,628
Tanzania10,0000.10%59,734,218
Egypt10,0000.10%102,334,404
Uganda10,0000.10%45,741,007
Albania10,0000.10%2,877,797
Tuvalu10,0000.10%11,792
Turkmenistan10,0000.10%6,031,200
Tunisia10,0000.10%11,818,619
Trinidad And Tobago10,0000.30%1,399,488
Tonga10,0000.10%105,695
Togo10,0000.10%8,278,724
Tajikistan10,0000.10%9,537,645
Suriname10,0000.60%586,632
Sudan10,0000.10%43,849,260
Spain10,0000.10%46,754,778
Botswana10,0000.10%2,351,627
Zimbabwe10,0000.10%14,862,924
Slovenia10,0000.10%2,078,938
Slovakia10,0000.10%5,459,642
Sierra Leone10,0000.30%7,976,983
Seychelles10,0000.10%98,347
Serbia10,0000.10%8,737,371
Senegal10,0000.30%16,743,927
Bolivia10,0000.10%11,673,021
Romania10,0000.10%19,237,691
Reunion10,0000.20%895,312
Puerto Rico10,0000.30%2,860,853
Poland10,0000.10%37,846,611
Paraguay10,0000.10%7,132,538
Bermuda10,0000.50%62,278
Papua New Guinea10,0000.10%8,947,024
Panama10,0000.20%4,314,767
Palau10,0000.80%18,094
Micronesia10,0000.40%115,023
Northern Mariana Islands10,00010.60%57,559
Nigeria10,0000.10%206,139,589
Nicaragua10,0000.10%6,624,554
Vanuatu10,0000.10%307,145
New Caledonia10,0000.60%285,498
Aruba10,0000.10%106,766
Nauru10,0001.10%10,824
Barbados10,0000.10%287,375
Namibia10,0000.10%2,540,905
Armenia10,0000.10%2,963,243
Mozambique10,0000.10%31,255,435
Morocco10,0000.10%36,910,560
Montenegro10,0000.10%628,066
Mexico10,0000.10%128,932,753
Mauritius10,0000.10%1,271,768
Martinique10,0000.10%375,265
Malta10,0000.10%441,543
Mali10,0000.10%20,250,833
Maldives10,0000.60%540,544
Malawi10,0000.10%19,129,952
Madagascar10,0000.10%27,691,018
Luxembourg10,0000.10%625,978
Lithuania10,0000.10%2,722,289
Bahamas10,0000.10%393,244
Liechtenstein10,0000.10%38,128
Liberia10,0000.10%5,057,681
Latvia10,0000.10%1,886,198
Lesotho10,0000.10%2,142,249
Lebanon10,0000.20%6,825,445
Kyrgyzstan10,0000.10%6,524,195
Kenya10,0000.10%53,771,296
Afghanistan10,0000.10%38,928,346
Jamaica10,0000.10%2,961,167
Ivory Coast10,0000.10%26,378,274
Ireland10,0000.20%4,937,786
Iraq10,0000.10%40,222,493
Iran10,0000.10%83,992,949
Iceland10,0000.40%341,243
Hungary10,0000.10%9,660,351
Honduras10,0000.10%9,904,607
Haiti10,0000.10%11,402,528
Guyana10,0000.10%786,552
Guinea10,0000.10%13,132,795
Guatemala10,0000.10%17,915,568
Guam10,0001.10%168,775
Azerbaijan10,0000.10%10,139,177
Greece10,0000.10%10,423,054
Ghana10,0000.10%31,072,940
Palestine10,0000.10%5,101,414
French Polynesia10,0000.10%280,908
French Guiana10,0000.10%298,682
Finland10,0000.10%5,540,720
Fiji10,0000.10%896,445
Angola10,0000.10%32,866,272
Falkland Islands10,0000.10%3,480
Estonia10,0000.10%1,326,535
Ethiopia10,0000.10%114,963,588
El Salvador10,0000.10%6,486,205
Ecuador10,0000.10%17,643,054
Dominican Republic10,0000.10%10,847,910
Dominica10,0000.10%71,986
Denmark10,0000.20%5,792,202
Benin10,0000.10%12,123,200
Czech Republic10,0000.10%10,708,981
Andorra10,0000.10%77,265
Cyprus10,0000.20%1,207,359
Cuba10,0000.10%11,326,616
Croatia10,0000.10%4,105,267
Costa Rica10,0000.10%5,094,118
Dr Congo10,0000.10%89,561,403
Republic Of The Congo10,0000.10%5,518,087
Colombia10,0000.10%50,882,891
American Samoa10,0000.30%55,191
Chile10,0000.10%19,116,201
Chad10,0000.10%16,425,864
Cameroon10,0000.10%26,545,863
Algeria10,0000.10%43,851,044
Belarus10,0000.10%9,449,323
Bulgaria10,0000.10%6,948,445