Catholic Countries Quiz

Try to name the countries where the majority of people are Roman Catholics.
Not necessarily practicing Catholics
Color-coded by continent
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Last updated: June 27, 2020
First submittedSeptember 20, 2010
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Country
100
Vatican City
98
East Timor
94
San Marino
89
Malta
89
Poland
88
Andorra
88
Paraguay
86
Croatia
85
Portugal
83
Philippines
82
Mexico
82
Monaco
%
Country
81
Equatorial Guinea
80
Lithuania
79
Ecuador
79
Liechtenstein
78
Ireland
77
Cape Verde
77
Italy
76
Seychelles
75
Peru
74
Colombia
74
São Tomé and Príncipe
73
Bolivia
%
Country
73
Slovenia
69
Venezuela
68
Spain
66
Argentina
65
Luxembourg
63
Panama
62
Burundi
62
Costa Rica
62
Slovakia
61
Brazil
61
St. Lucia
58
Belgium
%
Country
58
Dominica
58
Dominican Republic
57
Kiribati
56
Austria
56
Chile
56
Cuba
56
Haiti
55
F.S. Micronesia
55
France
53
Angola
50
Gabon
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Level 38
Jun 5, 2014
For some strange reason, I always miss Costa Rica. It just doesn't pop in my head. :P
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Level 74
Jun 19, 2015
Here are quizzes for the 20 Least Catholic Countries and 20 Countries With Most Catholics.
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Level 52
Sep 29, 2017
Only three from Central America. Surprising. Maybe not Belize.
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Level 47
Jan 18, 2018
EAST TIMOR?!?!?!??!?!
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Level 79
May 6, 2018
East Timor was a Dutch-speaking Catholic enclave previously of Muslim Malay/Indonesian Indonesia. International recognition of its independence had a lot to do with the ongoing sectarian genocide there, and Islamist terrorists have used Western efforts to stymie said genocide as justification for terrorist attacks.
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Level 69
May 6, 2018
East Timor was a Portuguese colony. When the wars of independence in Guinea-Bissau, Angola, and Mozambique caused the Portuguese government to fall, independence was in the cards for East Timor. Suharto ended that with an invasion and "pacification" that lasted about three years and ultimately ended up with the death of about a third of the population. (The Carter regime supplied Indonesia with weapons while the genocide heated up.) Colonization programs brought Sumatran and Javanese settlers to East Timor, supported by the Indonesian military occupation. In 1998, with Suharto's regime reeling due to Indonesia being the hardest hit during the Southeast Asian economic crash, East Timorese again planned for independence. The next year, the colonists and military attempted to undermine the process, but after the completely avoidable deaths and destruction, independence came. Throughout, the Portuguese language and Catholic religion were seen as signs of resistance to Indonesia.
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Level 79
Sep 24, 2019
my mistake. Portuguese-speaking.
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Level 81
Mar 11, 2020
Don't feel bad. I got every former Spanish colony and forgot Spain.
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Level 47
Jan 18, 2018
LITHUANIA!?!??!?!??!?! but thats all orthodox over there..............ugh
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Level 23
Feb 2, 2018
lithuanian pagans were brought to the faith in the teutonic wars. I admit I did miss out lithania myself. ;)
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Level 66
Feb 14, 2018
Next door to Poland - and previously united with it.
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Level 73
Oct 21, 2014
Also known as: name all of the Central/South American countries you can!
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Level 83
May 27, 2015
Quite a lot of countries from elsewhere on the list too, also not all the Central/South American countries are there. So I'd say your alternative name fails.
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Level 79
Jun 4, 2015
I was actually surprised at how many Central and South American countries did not make the cut... and most of these countries are from Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific Island nations so what are you talking about?
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Level 59
Aug 26, 2019
I was also shocked by the lack of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Guatemala, and other major Latin American countries. Uruguay the case seems to be that they're a very secular country and El Salvador and Guatemala seem to have Catholic pluralities but not majorities, as Protestantism is also common. However, if Quizmaster could look at Nicaragua again, that might be a good idea. The Wikipedia page for "Religion in Nicaragua" says 55% of the population is Catholic
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Level 43
Nov 5, 2014
Ugh, how could I have missed Paraguay and Austria?!
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Level 81
Jun 28, 2018
Or better, how could you miss the Vatican?
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Level 15
Jun 12, 2015
Where is Angola?
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Level 28
Jun 19, 2015
uranus
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Level 74
Jun 19, 2015
Rude comments aside, it's a good question. According to this it's 55.6% Catholic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_by_country
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Level ∞
Aug 12, 2017
38% now.
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Level 81
Aug 17, 2018
Better his than mine.
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Level 65
Jun 19, 2015
Wait, why is Cuba on this list? There was just a story on radiolab recently about how people would go throw eggs at the churches to show how they were good communists now, and not religious anymore.
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Level 59
Jun 19, 2015
Apparently, more than half of Cubans don't give up traditions and religion in their private life just to please the regime (where even Castro has considered returning to Catholicism).
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Level 72
Sep 29, 2017
But you said the key word, "good" communists. If they were bad communists they'd be throwing Molotov cocktails instead of eggs.
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Level 47
Jan 18, 2018
HAHAHAHHAHAHHA
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Level 53
Feb 9, 2019
Fake news?
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Level 69
Jun 20, 2015
Honestly surprised Spain was so low.
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Level 79
Jun 2, 2016
This time I think I missed Micronesia because unlike most quizzes it doesn't seem to accept FSM.
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Level 57
Jul 22, 2016
I missed... Italy. Wow. And I got 91%.
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Level 39
Oct 4, 2016
I was expecting Switzerland also
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Level 38
Feb 3, 2017
I'm really surprised at Belgium. Given the relationship between the Netherlands and Belgium and the bitter experience the Netherlands had with Spain, I expected Belgium to be majority Protestant, as is the Netherlands..
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Level 38
Mar 2, 2017
Same here.
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Level 57
Mar 24, 2017
The historic line in Europe separating Catholics from Protestants ran within southern Netherlands - the south of the Netherland is predominantly Catholic while the rest of the country is/was Protestant. As a result, all of Belgium is mostly Catholic.
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Level 38
Apr 13, 2017
Thank you for clearing the matter up! - It was truly perplexing!
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Level 67
Jun 29, 2020
The dividing line between catholic and protestants is not the belgian border but about 1/3 into the Netherlands. Noord-brabant and Limburg are predominantly catholic.

The number of religious people have been rapidly declining, less fast among catholics though (protestantism has been declining since 1880, catholicism didn't really start declining untill about 1970, be it very slowly), meaning that catholicism has been the dominant religion for a few decades again now, since about 1970.

if you look at actual believers and people actively practising, the numbers would be even lower. (because many people are just catholic or protestant etc in name, because their parents were, or for the sense of community). I can't say how that would influence the catholic/protestant ratio though, I can make a case for different scenario's.

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Level 79
Aug 16, 2017
After the 80 years' war the southern providences (Belgium) remained Spanish while the northern once became independent (Netherlands). Most protestants subsequently fled the south in favor of the north.
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Level 66
Feb 14, 2018
Belgium threw off Dutch rule in 1830 precisely because they were Catholics and the Dutch were (mostly) Protestant.
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Level 44
Mar 11, 2017
I basically missed all of the obscure island countries
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Level 43
Aug 23, 2017
Uk isn't Hmmm nah ireland isn't. quiz Finished. WHAAA?Ireland is here omg...
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Level 79
Sep 29, 2017
Ireland stayed Catholic during the Protestant Reformation precisely because England did not.
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Level 72
Sep 9, 2018
Look at a religious map of Ireland (island) and you‘ll know why this island has been split
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Level 81
Aug 23, 2017
Estonia? No. Latvia? No. I guess I won't bother typing Lithuania.... *FACE PALM*
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Level 56
Nov 25, 2018
Also, Estonia is one of the least religious countries in the world, while Lithuania has been close buddies with the uber-catholic Poland.
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Level 58
Sep 29, 2017
Got Burundi but missed France and Belgium >.>
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Level 51
Sep 29, 2017
They know hats in Burundi
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Level 47
Sep 29, 2017
Thanks Dave
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Level 73
Sep 29, 2017
Appropriate to have this as a featured quiz on Michaelmas.
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Level 81
Aug 17, 2018
Is there a Thomasmas?
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Level 86
Jun 27, 2020
3rd July!
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Level 37
Sep 29, 2017
Ok am I the only one surprised by East Timor?? I would have NEVER guessed!
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Level 79
Nov 8, 2017
Any time there's a little breakaway country somewhere there's a good chance these days that they profess a different religion than the people in the country they broke away from. Those "coexist" t-shirts haven't really caught on most places.
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Level 24
Sep 30, 2017
Ugh I was going to put East Timor and then I got distracted by the TV and forgot and it turned out to be the most Catholic country after the Vatican??
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Level 13
Oct 2, 2017
30/67...
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Level 56
Oct 3, 2017
Austria - If you've ever watched "Sound of Music", think of Maria in the abbey. And I got Belgium, thanks to Agatha Christie's detective, Hercule Poirot. ;)
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Level 81
Aug 17, 2018
Or just think why they never joined Germany.
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Level 67
Oct 4, 2017
Got Kiribati, missed Ireland.
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Level 70
Feb 2, 2018
6% of quiz takers didn't get the Vatican
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Level 43
May 6, 2018
Hungary?
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Level 43
May 6, 2018
Eat, then.
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Level 54
May 16, 2020
Austria got Hungary and took a slice of turkey with a bit of Greece on it
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Level 81
Aug 17, 2018
Austria was Hungary and it took a piece of Turkey.
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Level 55
Oct 23, 2018
No Ireland?
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Level 64
Nov 13, 2019
I can't believe I got them all! (first try)
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Level 37
Feb 12, 2020
you missed Honduras at 51.4% catholic
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Level 43
Jun 19, 2020
He didn’t
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Level 55
Jun 27, 2020
The scoring for this quiz is not working properly. I missed quite a few countries and scored embarrassingly low and still got 5 points.
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Level ∞
Jun 27, 2020
Maybe you were one of the first ones to take it. 95th percentile is still eligible for 5 points.
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Level 88
Jun 29, 2020
Shocked to see France on here, maybe I shouldn't be, but I am.