Least Religious Countries 2021

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For thousands of years, religion has brought people of nations together and, in some cases, has torn them apart.

The major world religions include

  • Christianity (2.38 billion followers)
  • Islam (1.91 billion followers)
  • Hinduism (1.16 billion)
  • Buddhism (507 million)
  • Folk Religions (430 million)
  • Judaism (est. 15 million)
  • Other (61 million)
  • Unaffiliated/atheist (1.2 billion)

Atheism is not a religion; however, it is protected by many of the same Constitutional rights that protect religion. Atheists do not believe any deities exist and can also reject the belief of any deities that exist. Atheists may be confused with those who are part of the non-religion or irreligion group, the indifference towards or absence of religion. These two groups may describe themselves as agnostics, cultural Catholics, humanists, non-religious and other terms.

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 WIN/Gallup International polls' data, China is 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 globally.

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. the Netherlands
  5. New Zealand
  6. Luxembourg
  7. Denmark
  8. Canada
  9. France
  10. Austria

Least Religious Countries 2021

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Least Religious Countries 2021

Country Religion not Important in Daily Life Important in Daily Life Population 2021
Sweden82.00%17.00%10,160,169
Denmark80.00%19.00%5,813,298
Estonia78.00%16.00%1,325,185
Norway78.00%21.00%5,465,630
Czech Republic75.00%21.00%10,724,555
Japan75.00%24.00%126,050,804
Hong Kong74.00%24.00%7,552,810
United Kingdom73.00%27.00%68,207,116
Finland70.00%28.00%5,548,360
France69.00%30.00%65,426,179
Vietnam69.00%30.00%98,168,833
Australia68.00%32.00%25,788,215
Netherlands67.00%33.00%17,173,099
New Zealand66.00%33.00%4,860,643
Russia66.00%34.00%145,912,025
Cuba64.00%34.00%11,317,505
Bulgaria62.00%34.00%6,896,663
Luxembourg59.00%39.00%634,814
Uruguay59.00%41.00%3,485,151
Germany59.00%40.00%83,900,473
Latvia58.00%39.00%1,866,942
Hungary58.00%39.00%9,634,164
Belgium58.00%33.00%11,632,326
Switzerland57.00%41.00%8,715,494
Canada57.00%42.00%38,067,903
Belarus56.00%34.00%9,442,862
South Korea56.00%43.00%51,305,186
Taiwan54.00%45.00%23,855,010
Albania53.00%39.00%2,872,933
Slovenia52.00%47.00%2,078,724
Slovakia52.00%47.00%5,460,721
Spain51.00%49.00%46,745,216
Lithuania49.00%42.00%2,689,862
Azerbaijan49.00%50.00%10,223,342
Israel48.00%51.00%8,789,774
Kazakhstan48.00%43.00%18,994,962
Ukraine48.00%46.00%43,466,819
Ireland46.00%54.00%4,982,907
Serbia44.00%54.00%8,697,550
Austria43.00%55.00%9,043,070
Uzbekistan38.00%59.00%33,935,763
Argentina34.00%65.00%45,605,826
Belize33.00%62.00%404,914
United States31.00%69.00%332,915,073
Jamaica30.00%70.00%2,973,463
Singapore29.00%70.00%5,896,686
Chile29.00%70.00%19,212,361
Montenegro28.00%71.00%628,053
Croatia28.00%70.00%4,081,651
Greece28.00%71.00%10,370,744
Portugal26.00%72.00%10,167,925
Iran26.00%73.00%85,028,759
Cyprus25.00%75.00%1,215,584
Armenia25.00%73.00%2,968,127
Kyrgyzstan25.00%72.00%6,628,356
Italy25.00%72.00%60,367,477
Mexico25.00%73.00%130,262,216
Botswana23.00%77.00%2,397,241
Haiti23.00%75.00%11,541,685
Macedonia22.00%76.00%2,082,658
Bosnia And Herzegovina21.00%77.00%3,263,466
Venezuela21.00%79.00%28,704,954
Costa Rica20.00%79.00%5,139,052
Moldova19.00%72.00%4,024,019
Poland19.00%75.00%37,797,005
Turkmenistan18.00%80.00%6,117,924
Ecuador17.00%82.00%17,888,475
Georgia16.00%81.00%3,979,765
El Salvador16.00%83.00%6,518,499
Colombia16.00%83.00%51,265,844
Nicaragua15.00%84.00%6,702,385
Honduras15.00%84.00%10,062,991
South Africa15.00%85.00%60,041,994
Turkey15.00%82.00%85,042,738
Puerto Rico14.00%85.00%2,828,255
Mozambique14.00%86.00%32,163,047
Peru14.00%84.00%33,359,418
Togo13.00%80.00%8,478,250
Dominican Republic13.00%87.00%10,953,703
Brazil13.00%87.00%213,993,437
Lebanon12.00%87.00%6,769,146
Tajikistan12.00%85.00%9,749,627
Zimbabwe12.00%88.00%15,092,171
Romania12.00%84.00%19,127,774
Burkina Faso12.00%88.00%21,497,096
Ivory Coast12.00%88.00%27,053,629
Panama11.00%88.00%4,381,579
Angola11.00%88.00%33,933,610
Iraq11.00%84.00%41,179,350
Tanzania11.00%89.00%61,498,437
Malta10.00%86.00%442,784
Bolivia10.00%89.00%11,832,940
Namibia9.00%92.00%2,587,344
Guatemala9.00%88.00%18,249,860
Syria9.00%89.00%18,275,702
India9.00%90.00%1,393,409,038
Trinidad And Tobago8.00%92.00%1,403,375
Paraguay8.00%92.00%7,219,638
United Arab Emirates8.00%91.00%9,991,089
Palestine7.00%93.00%5,222,748
Benin7.00%93.00%12,451,040
Madagascar7.00%93.00%28,427,328
Sudan7.00%93.00%44,909,353
Uganda7.00%93.00%47,123,531
Kuwait6.00%91.00%4,328,550
Central African Republic6.00%94.00%4,919,981
Liberia6.00%94.00%5,180,203
Nepal6.00%93.00%29,674,920
Kenya6.00%94.00%54,985,698
Pakistan6.00%92.00%225,199,937
Republic Of The Congo5.00%95.00%5,657,013
Tunisia5.00%93.00%11,935,766
Rwanda5.00%95.00%13,276,513
Chad5.00%95.00%16,914,985
Zambia5.00%95.00%18,920,651
Ghana5.00%95.00%31,732,129
Dr Congo5.00%94.00%92,377,993
Bahrain4.00%94.00%1,748,296
Qatar4.00%95.00%2,930,528
Jordan4.00%96.00%10,269,021
Senegal4.00%96.00%17,196,301
Cameroon4.00%96.00%27,224,265
Saudi Arabia4.00%93.00%35,340,683
Algeria4.00%95.00%44,616,624
Philippines4.00%96.00%111,046,913
Laos3.00%97.00%7,379,358
Guinea3.00%97.00%13,497,244
Cambodia3.00%96.00%16,946,438
Mali3.00%95.00%20,855,735
Malaysia3.00%96.00%32,776,194
Afghanistan3.00%97.00%39,835,428
Myanmar3.00%97.00%54,806,012
Nigeria3.00%96.00%211,400,708
Comoros2.00%97.00%888,451
Djibouti2.00%98.00%1,002,187
Mauritania2.00%98.00%4,775,119
Burundi2.00%98.00%12,255,433
Morocco2.00%97.00%37,344,795
Thailand2.00%97.00%69,950,850
Egypt2.00%97.00%104,258,327
Malawi1.00%99.00%19,647,684
Sri Lanka1.00%99.00%21,497,310
Yemen1.00%99.00%30,490,640
Indonesia1.00%99.00%276,361,783
Somalia0.00%100.00%16,359,504
Niger0.00%100.00%25,130,817
Ethiopia0.00%100.00%117,876,227
Bangladesh0.00%100.00%166,303,498

Least Religious Countries 2021