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Sikhism by Country 2024

Country
Sikh Population
India20,833,116
Canada771,790
United Kingdom524,140
United States500,000
Australia210,400
Italy150,000
Malaysia100,000
United Arab Emirates52,000
Philippines50,000
New Zealand40,908

The religion of Sikhism was founded in the 15th century by Guru Nanak. It is a religion that comes from the Indian region and is one of the newest forms of religion. However, it is the fifth-largest religion in the world and currently has around 25 to 30 million followers. In this article, we will take a closer look at where those followers reside as we learn about the statistics of Sikhism by country in 2023.

Since the religion began in India, it's only natural that India is the country with the largest population of Sikh followers. The country currently has 20,833,116 followers, which accounts for 89.75% of the global population. Overall, 1.72% of the country's total population belongs to the Sikh faith.

The next country with a large following of the religion is Canada. 771,790 people in the country of Canada belong to the Sikh population. That accounts for roughly 3.2% of the total global population of those who follow the Sikh religion. Of Canada's population, 2.12% are believed to follow the Sikh religion.

The United Kingdom is also a country with a large number of the Sikh population. 524,140 citizens of the UK follow the religion. They make up 2.17% of the total, global population and 0.88% of the United Kingdom's population. The United States also has a large number of Sikh followers and is home to 500,000 members. This equates to 1.12% of the global population or 0.08% of US residents.

Australia rounds out the top five and has 210,400 members of the Sikh population living within its borders. Globally, Australia is home to 0.87% of the total Sikh population. 0.83% of its own population follow the religion. Rounding out the top ten are Italy with 150,000, Malaysia with 100,000, United Arab Emirates with 52,000, Philippines with 50,000, and New Zealand with 40,908.

There are also several countries that have a very low number of Sikh members. For example, the Faroe Islands only have 3 members of the Sikh population, which is 0.01% of both the global Sikh population as well as the country's own population. Iceland and Bangladesh both have 100 citizens who claim the Sikh faith while Afghanistan and Trinidad and Tobago have 140 and 150, respectively.

Panama, Argentina, and Brazil are all home to 300 members each of the Sikh population, which is both 0.01% of the global population and 0.01% of their own population.

Notes:
- Populations in Germany and Kuwait are estimated to be at least 10,000 individuals, as shown below, but may range as high as 20,000.
- Populations of 0.01% or less have been given the display value of 0.01%.

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Country
Sikh Population
% Sikh
% of Global Sikh Population
India20,833,1161.72%89.75%
Canada771,7902.12%3.2%
United Kingdom524,1400.88%2.17%
United States500,0000.08%1.12%
Australia210,4000.83%0.87%
Italy150,0000.26%0.62%
Malaysia100,0000.44%0.41%
United Arab Emirates52,0000.57%0.22%
Philippines50,0000.1%0.21%
New Zealand40,9080.88%0.17%
Thailand40,0000.13%0.17%
Oman35,5400.66%0.15%
Spain26,0000.01%0.11%
Greece20,0000.1%0.08%
Indonesia15,0000.01%0.06%
Hong Kong15,0000.2%0.06%
Cyprus13,2801.1%0.06%
Singapore12,0000.22%0.05%
Germany10,0000.03%0.04%
Netherlands10,0000.07%0.04%
Belgium10,0000.09%0.04%
Kuwait10,0000.64%0.04%
Austria9,0000.1%0.04%
Mexico8,0000.01%0.03%
France8,0000.03%0.03%
China7,5000.01%0.03%
Portugal7,0000.07%0.03%
Saudi Arabia6,7000.02%0.03%
Pakistan6,1460.01%0.03%
Kenya6,0000.01%0.02%
Nepal5,8900.02%0.02%
Norway4,0800.01%0.02%
Sweden4,0000.04%0.02%
Denmark4,0000.07%0.02%
Fiji2,5770.3%0.01%
Uganda2,4000.01%0.01%
Bahrain2,0000.11%0.01%
Ireland1,7050.04%0.01%
Georgia1,5000.04%0.01%
Mauritius3800.01%0.01%
Brazil3000.01%0.01%
Argentina3000.01%0.01%
Panama3000.01%0.01%
Trinidad and Tobago1500.01%0.01%
Afghanistan1400.01%0.01%
Bangladesh1000.01%0.01%
Iceland1000.03%0.01%
Faroe Islands30.01%0.01%
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Which country has the highest Sikh population?

The country with the largest Sikh population is India. There are 20,833,116 Sikhs living in India.

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