Buddhist Countries 2021

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Buddhism is one of the largest religions in the world. It originated in India and is based around the teachings of Buddha. Buddhism has its unique traditions, practices, and beliefs. Those that practice Buddhism – known as Buddhists – believe in reincarnation. 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 some, it is a philosophy. Others practice Buddhism to find themselves and experience inner peace. Buddhism is a religion that is practiced worldwide. 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.

Several countries have a very high proportion of Buddhism followers. The country with the highest proportion is Cambodia. Of its population of over 15 million, about 13.7 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 has a Buddhist population that makes up at least 55% of the total population, making them Buddhist majority countries. 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:

China has the highest number of Buddhists at around 244.1 million.

Buddhist Countries 2021

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Buddhist Countries 2021

* Data is from 2010
Country Number of Buddhists Buddhists % Population 2021
Cambodia13,690,00096.90%16,946,438
Thailand64,420,00093.20%69,950,850
Myanmar38,410,00087.90%54,806,012
Bhutan540,00074.70%779,898
Sri Lanka14,450,00069.30%21,497,310
Laos4,100,00066.10%7,379,358
Mongolia1,520,00055.10%3,329,289
Japan45,820,00036.20%126,050,804
Singapore1,730,00033.90%5,896,686
South Korea11,050,00022.90%51,305,186
Taiwan4,950,00021.30%23,855,010
Malaysia5,010,00019.80%32,776,194
China244,130,00018.20%1,444,216,107
Macau90,00017.30%658,394
Vietnam14,380,00016.40%98,168,833
Hong Kong930,00013.20%7,552,810
Northern Mariana Islands10,00010.60%57,917
Nepal3,080,00010.30%29,674,920
Brunei30,0008.60%441,532
Qatar50,0003.10%2,930,528
Kuwait80,0002.80%4,328,550
Australia600,0002.70%25,788,215
Bahrain30,0002.50%1,748,296
United Arab Emirates150,0002.00%9,991,089
New Zealand70,0001.60%4,860,643
North Korea370,0001.50%25,887,041
United States3,570,0001.20%332,915,073
Nauru10,0001.10%10,876
Guam10,0001.10%170,179
Palau10,0000.80%18,169
Oman20,0000.80%5,223,375
Canada280,0000.80%38,067,903
India9,250,0000.80%1,393,409,038
Indonesia1,720,0000.70%276,361,783
New Caledonia10,0000.60%288,218
Maldives10,0000.60%543,617
Suriname10,0000.60%591,800
Norway30,0000.60%5,465,630
Portugal60,0000.60%10,167,925
Bermuda10,0000.50%62,090
Belize10,0000.50%404,914
France280,0000.50%65,426,179
Bangladesh720,0000.50%166,303,498
Micronesia10,0000.40%116,254
Iceland10,0000.40%343,353
Switzerland30,0000.40%8,715,494
Sweden40,0000.40%10,160,169
Jordan20,0000.40%10,269,021
United Kingdom240,0000.40%68,207,116
American Samoa10,0000.30%55,100
Solomon Islands10,0000.30%703,996
Trinidad And Tobago10,0000.30%1,403,375
Puerto Rico10,0000.30%2,828,255
Libya20,0000.30%6,958,532
Sierra Leone10,0000.30%8,141,343
Israel20,0000.30%8,789,774
Senegal10,0000.30%17,196,301
Saudi Arabia90,0000.30%35,340,683
Germany210,0000.30%83,900,473
Reunion10,0000.20%901,686
Cyprus10,0000.20%1,215,584
Panama10,0000.20%4,381,579
Ireland10,0000.20%4,982,907
Denmark10,0000.20%5,813,298
Lebanon10,0000.20%6,769,146
Austria20,0000.20%9,043,070
Belgium30,0000.20%11,632,326
Netherlands40,0000.20%17,173,099
Kazakhstan40,0000.20%18,994,962
Peru50,0000.20%33,359,418
South Africa100,0000.20%60,041,994
Italy110,0000.20%60,367,477
Falkland Islands10,0000.10%3,533
Tuvalu10,0000.10%11,931
Liechtenstein10,0000.10%38,250
Dominica10,0000.10%72,167
Andorra10,0000.10%77,355
Seychelles10,0000.10%98,908
United States Virgin Islands10,0000.10%104,226
Tonga10,0000.10%106,760
Aruba10,0000.10%107,204
French Polynesia10,0000.10%282,530
Barbados10,0000.10%287,711
French Guiana10,0000.10%306,448
Vanuatu10,0000.10%314,464
Martinique10,0000.10%374,745
Bahamas10,0000.10%396,913
Malta10,0000.10%442,784
Montenegro10,0000.10%628,053
Luxembourg10,0000.10%634,814
Guyana10,0000.10%790,326
Fiji10,0000.10%902,906
Swaziland10,0000.10%1,172,362
Mauritius10,0000.10%1,273,433
Estonia10,0000.10%1,325,185
Latvia10,0000.10%1,866,942
Slovenia10,0000.10%2,078,724
Macedonia10,0000.10%2,082,658
Lesotho10,0000.10%2,159,079
Botswana10,0000.10%2,397,241
Namibia10,0000.10%2,587,344
Lithuania10,0000.10%2,689,862
Albania10,0000.10%2,872,933
Armenia10,0000.10%2,968,127
Jamaica10,0000.10%2,973,463
Uruguay10,0000.10%3,485,151
Croatia10,0000.10%4,081,651
Costa Rica10,0000.10%5,139,052
Liberia10,0000.10%5,180,203
Palestine10,0000.10%5,222,748
Slovakia10,0000.10%5,460,721
Finland10,0000.10%5,548,360
Republic Of The Congo10,0000.10%5,657,013
Turkmenistan10,0000.10%6,117,924
El Salvador10,0000.10%6,518,499
Kyrgyzstan10,0000.10%6,628,356
Nicaragua10,0000.10%6,702,385
Bulgaria10,0000.10%6,896,663
Paraguay10,0000.10%7,219,638
Togo10,0000.10%8,478,250
Serbia10,0000.10%8,697,550
Papua New Guinea10,0000.10%9,119,010
Belarus10,0000.10%9,442,862
Hungary10,0000.10%9,634,164
Tajikistan10,0000.10%9,749,627
Honduras10,0000.10%10,062,991
Azerbaijan10,0000.10%10,223,342
Greece10,0000.10%10,370,744
Czech Republic10,0000.10%10,724,555
Dominican Republic10,0000.10%10,953,703
Cuba10,0000.10%11,317,505
Haiti10,0000.10%11,541,685
Bolivia10,0000.10%11,832,940
Tunisia10,0000.10%11,935,766
Benin10,0000.10%12,451,040
Guinea10,0000.10%13,497,244
Zimbabwe10,0000.10%15,092,171
Chad10,0000.10%16,914,985
Ecuador10,0000.10%17,888,475
Guatemala10,0000.10%18,249,860
Zambia10,0000.10%18,920,651
Romania10,0000.10%19,127,774
Chile10,0000.10%19,212,361
Malawi10,0000.10%19,647,684
Mali10,0000.10%20,855,735
Burkina Faso10,0000.10%21,497,096
Ivory Coast10,0000.10%27,053,629
Cameroon10,0000.10%27,224,265
Madagascar10,0000.10%28,427,328
Venezuela10,0000.10%28,704,954
Yemen10,0000.10%30,490,640
Ghana10,0000.10%31,732,129
Mozambique10,0000.10%32,163,047
Angola10,0000.10%33,933,610
Uzbekistan10,0000.10%33,935,763
Morocco10,0000.10%37,344,795
Poland10,0000.10%37,797,005
Afghanistan10,0000.10%39,835,428
Iraq10,0000.10%41,179,350
Ukraine20,0000.10%43,466,819
Algeria10,0000.10%44,616,624
Sudan10,0000.10%44,909,353
Argentina20,0000.10%45,605,826
Spain10,0000.10%46,745,216
Uganda10,0000.10%47,123,531
Colombia10,0000.10%51,265,844
Kenya10,0000.10%54,985,698
Tanzania10,0000.10%61,498,437
Iran10,0000.10%85,028,759
Turkey40,0000.10%85,042,738
Dr Congo10,0000.10%92,377,993
Egypt10,0000.10%104,258,327
Philippines80,0000.10%111,046,913
Ethiopia10,0000.10%117,876,227
Mexico10,0000.10%130,262,216
Russia170,0000.10%145,912,025
Nigeria10,0000.10%211,400,708
Brazil250,0000.10%213,993,437
Pakistan20,0000.10%225,199,937

Buddhist Countries 2021