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Orthodox Countries

Name the countries of the world that have the highest % of Orthodox Christians, according to Wikipedia.
Countries probably have different methodologies for including non-practicing people
Includes Oriental and Eastern orthodox. source
Last updated: November 03, 2018
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Country
99
Armenia
93
Moldova
88
Greece
88
Georgia
87
Romania
86
Serbia
78
Cyprus
72
Montenegro
71
Bulgaria
71
Ukraine
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Country
65
Macedonia
59
Russia
57
Eritrea
55
Belarus
55
Ethiopia
31
Bosnia and Herzegovina
26
Kazakhstan
16
Latvia
14
Estonia
9
Egypt
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level 51
Feb 1, 2013
Got all of them except Eritrea. I never knew there was such a high percentage of Orthodox Christians there.
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level 65
Nov 10, 2015
yeah, the only reason I got them is because I remembered that they used to be part of Ethiopia until just recently (2000 or 2001)
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level 58
Mar 18, 2016
1993.
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level 56
Sep 4, 2017
Ethnically they are almost the same as Ethiopians.
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level 65
Jun 23, 2018
Well, there are lots of ethnicities in Ethiopia. Tigrayan people are on each side of the border.
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level 48
Jun 26, 2018
Yea but that's like saying french people are basically german
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level 41
Jun 15, 2013
Never knew there were Orthodox Christians in Africa! Good quiz.
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level 74
Feb 9, 2014
Aksum (Ethiopia/Eritrea) was one of the first Christian kingdoms in the world, beat out only by Armenia, I think.
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level 37
Oct 27, 2014
This guy is probably right, his name is Kalbahamut after all.
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level 43
Jul 5, 2016
Actually, Ethiopia became christian due to Byzantine influence.
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level 74
Jul 8, 2016
Christianity became the state religion of Ethiopia the same year that Constantinople was established and the Byzantine Empire became a thing. So... what are you talking about?
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level 36
Apr 3, 2017
Same difference, but I've always seen it spelled Axum. Makes a little more sense to do it that way really. Cool stuff, though. Too bad Armenia ended up just being a buffer zone between Eastern Rome and Persia. Could've turned into a larger state and has more influence on eastern religion if the Persian hadn't been so full of their Zoroastrianism.
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level 65
Jun 23, 2018
So, ryanyesman, the world would be a better place with more Christianity?
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level 37
Jun 23, 2018
I believe the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians are also known as Coptic.
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level 72
Jul 28, 2013
Greek and Armenian Orthodox in Lebanon add up to at least 12%
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level ∞
Feb 3, 2014
8% according to Wikipedia.
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level 60
Feb 28, 2014
Eastern Orthodox in Lebanon is 10% going by Wikipedia
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level 74
Feb 28, 2014
The Wiki article called "Religion in Lebanon" cites 21% Maronite, 8% Greek Orthodox, 5% Melkite Catholic, and 6.4% other Christian denominations like Armenian Orthodox, Syriac Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Syriac Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Chaldean, Assyrian, Copt, and Protestant.
If 9% of Egypt is Orthodox then we must be counting Coptic Christians as Orthodox. Throw in the Syrians and Armenians and it seems likely that the total figure could be above 10%.
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level 43
Jul 5, 2016
Albania has at least around 20% Orthodox Christians.
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level 33
Feb 28, 2014
No China? :D JK
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level 65
May 4, 2018
Fun fact: I actually attended an Orthodox church in China... on the grounds of the Russian embassy.
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level 65
Jun 23, 2018
Saw one in Hakodate, Japan. Same sort of deal - Russian community once upon a time.
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level 28
Jun 23, 2018
Not really a fun fact. More of an uninteresting anonymous anecdote.
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level 70
Feb 28, 2014
Not my cup of tea...only got 5
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level 21
May 19, 2014
I'm orthodox from Poland and only got 17.. got Eritrea and Ethiopia but missed Romania, Cyrpus and Bulgaria.. how on earth?!
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level 59
Oct 6, 2015
19/20. Left out Bosnia because I knew it was Muslim majority....MAJORITY! Bah! 36% is definitely a minority, almost!
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level 44
Jul 5, 2016
One third of Bosnia are Serbs, who are Orthodox, one third are Croatians, who are Catholic, and one third are Muslims.
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level 31
Dec 26, 2015
Got them all except Cyprus
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level 58
Mar 1, 2016
This quiz MUST be modified. Christianity has in fact FIVE major divisions of denominations, and this quiz conflates two of them. The Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox, although having names meaning essentially the same thing in English, have very distinct liturgies, histories, organizations, and languages. (The others are Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and the Church of the East.) In the very least, the instructions must indicate that both Eastern and Oriental Orthodox populations are considered. To give an analogical argument, this is like asking the Top X Ethnic Origins for U.S. Americans in a quiz, and conflating Scottish, English, and Irish because 'they're all from the British Isles.' Yes, they are cultural cousins, but they are not the same.
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level ∞
Jun 6, 2016
Added a caveat
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level 74
Jun 20, 2016
The source listed in the caveat links to a map that seems to indicate that there are more orthodox Christians (by this inclusive definition) in Lebanon and Syria than in Egypt... upholding some previous objections about the omission of Lebanon.
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level 56
Oct 29, 2017
For Lebanon, in the chart it says 8%, but it says 851,000 Christian Orthodox. Lebanon does not have 10 million people. Shouldn't it be about 20% Orthodox in Lebanon?
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level ∞
Feb 26, 2018
That's obviously a mistake on the Wikipedia page. As @kalbahamut posted above:

"A demographic study conducted by the research firm Statistics Lebanon found that approximately 27% of the population was Shia, 27% Sunni, 21% Maronite, 8% Greek Orthodox, 5% Druze, 5% Melkite, and 1% Protestant, with the remaining 6% mostly belonging to smaller non-native to Lebanon Christian denominations.[179]"

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level 41
Jul 5, 2016
Great quiz. I got 15. I would have gotten 16 if I knew how to spell Kazakhstan, LOL
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level 55
Jul 5, 2016
It's really silly that people get all up in arms about the information in quizzes on an online quiz site. "Actually, so-and-so has more Orthodox…" "Actually, if you look at wiki, or this one specific map that I link to here, you'll see…" "How can Syria and Lebanon not be on here? If you look at such and such…" Blah, blah, blah... First of all, the quizzes on this site are supposed to be FUN, not scholarly research projects (though striving for some accuracy should be encouraged). BUT, if you're basing your quizzes on wikipedia, which true scholars NEVER use as the basis of their projects because ANYONE can edit them, then there are bound to be errors or incongruities. If a quiz states that its info is based on a wiki page, then quiz-taker beware: it may not be 100% accurate, according to certain sources, but it will still be a very fun, interesting quiz!
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level 74
Jul 6, 2016
never ceases to amaze me the long-winded comments people leave complaining about other people making comments or complaints.

Quizzes are most fun when they are accurate. If you find a mistake on any of my quizzes, please point it out so I can correct it. This will make it more fun for those taking the quiz and save me some embarrassment, too.
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level ∞
Feb 26, 2018
But this quiz is accurate. Or, at least as accurate as is possible. What gets me riled up is the endless complaints that are simply wrong and that could be easily resolved by doing a Google search or by visiting Wikipedia.

Our quizzes post their sources. Is it too much to expect for complainers to do the same?

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level 74
Jun 23, 2018
Those annoy me, too, QM, but that's not what komrad was taking issue with. If complaints in the comments section bother someone so much it seems weird that they would lead long complaints in the comments section complaining about complaints in the comments section.
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level 74
Jun 23, 2018
and some confusion about Syria and Lebanon being absent was warranted, as I pointed out, along with my source. If Egypt is on this quiz, then, going by the same source listed, Syria and Lebanon ought to be, as well. In Egypt's case they're throwing in Egyptian Coptic Christians, but in Syria and Lebanon they're using a different, less inclusive standard for "orthodox." If they grouped all the various traditions together like they did in Egypt then the numbers would be higher in Syria and Lebanon. The 8% figure for Orthodox in Lebanon, for example, only includes Greek Orthodox. If you count Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Copts (and why wouldn't you, as these groups are included in other countries) then the figure for total Orthodox Christians in Lebanon jumps above 10%
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level 74
Jun 23, 2018
source
which lists 4 different surveys with slightly different sets of data suggesting that between 9% and 13% of the population of Lebanon are Orthodox Christian, by the broad definition used in the source linked at the top of the page, including 8% Greek Orthodox, which seem to be the only group included in that source's factoring, even while it includes Armenian Orthodox for Armenia, and Copts for Egypt.
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level 74
Jun 23, 2018
I wish QM would stop forcing me to read these long complaints about people making long complaints about people who make long complaints about...oh, wait, QM doesn't force me to read any of the comments. Hmmmm. (But I still love 'em all.)
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level 74
Jun 23, 2018
It's not obligatory? Oh man! That opens up a lot of time in my calendar.
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level 40
Sep 8, 2016
This quiz confuses Orthodox Christianity with other eastern denominations and lumps them all together. Armenia, for example, is not an Orthodox country but a Monophysite country. There are huge differences. Likewise the majority of Egyptian Christians are Coptic Christians with only a small minority belonging to Orthodox denominations.
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level 56
Jun 23, 2018
In my experience, westerners and the majority of the world have no clue there even is an Orthodox Christianity. Because they all bow to one pope or one entity they could not even grasp the different denominations in Eastern Christianity. So better make things easier for them. Orthodoxy is just irrelevant only Russia has some power among Orthodox nations so people don't really pay attention to a few balkan countries.
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level 44
Jul 19, 2018
Why did you even take the quiz then???
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level 50
Jun 30, 2017
I got all except Serbia and im from serbia lol
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level 41
Nov 5, 2017
Church of Armenia is called, Armenian Apostolic Church and usually, its sister churches are Coptic Church, Ethiopian Church, Indian church.
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level 45
Feb 26, 2018
It's FYROM not Macedonia and it should be accepted as an answer
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level 74
Jun 23, 2018
No, it's not.
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level 60
Jun 23, 2018
Actually, kalbahamut, the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United Nations, and most countries in the world say that it is the actual name for it.
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level 60
Jun 23, 2018
Never mind. I'm behind on the news. See the below comments.
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level 74
Jun 23, 2018
The Republic of Macedonia NEVER called themselves FYROM, that was a stupid name foisted upon them by Greeks and various international organizations wishing to appease Greeks. Apparently this month there was an agreement between Greece and Macedonia to rename the RoM to The Republic of North Macedonia. It always was and will forever remain titanically stupid that Greece should be so obsessed with what this country calls itself, but if RoNM makes both parties happy, fine, whatever, that's cool.

Now, whether the country is called the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of North Macedonia, or the "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" doesn't really matter as the short name for it will still be Macedonia... same as America, Mexico, China, etc.
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level 56
Jun 23, 2018
kalbahamut sorry my friend but you have no idea what you're talking about. From what I assume from your comments, you're an Arab probably educated in western institutions so you only know what you hear from CNN and Al-Jazeera about the Balkans. First of all, it's NOT just a naming dispute "by the stupid Greeks". Many people from North Macedonia/FYROM have irredentist claims against the greek province of Macedonia and its ancient greek history. Also the name of the state remains as FYROM even though most people worldwide know it as Macedonia. So you're again mistaken as the deal signed by the two states is not yet in effect. Nobody used the name to "appease the Greeks", nobody cares about the Greeks which is perfectly demonstrated by the fact that Greece is used as a scapegoat by all european countries for causing the economic crisis and as a storage place for the refugees because they don't want them in their countries. Comparing the naming dispute to Georgia is just plain idiotic.
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level 60
Jun 25, 2018
Although I disagree with kalbahamut on this issue, I have several objections to your comment. 1: I'm sure he knows just as much, if not more, about this as you. 2: Kal grew up in the Washington, DC area (this is common knowledge) and has traveled all over the world, giving him a greater knowledge of culture and social issues than just about anyone on the site. 3: He never called the Greeks stupid 4: Are you seriously saying that North Macedonia wants to annex the Greek province of Macedonia? 5: The deal was signed last Sunday, long before he or I commented. 6: The whole reason the name was changed was to appease the Greeks. 7: I agree with you on the Georgia thing but calling kalbahamut idiotic is probably going to end badly.
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level 44
Jul 19, 2018
http://historyofmacedonia.org/PartitionedMacedonia.html
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level 60
Jun 23, 2018
Ourania, Jetpunk uses Macedonia instead of FYROM because it is shorter and easier. FYROM is accepted, though.
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level 74
Jun 23, 2018
I agree that both should be accepted, but I'm not sure how typing Macedonia is easier and faster than typing fyrom (capitals aren't required on this site.) I'm not used to using the initials so unless I train my brain to use them it would be faster in that sense, but not easier.
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level 58
Jun 23, 2018
Well it's now the Republic of North Macedonia, just settled this with Greece last week.
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level 60
Jun 23, 2018
I mean typing Macedonia is easier than typing the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Also didn't know about the name change. Nice to see the two countries getting along better.
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level 60
Jun 23, 2018
Perhaps now Jetpunk should use North Macedonia or something similar.
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level 74
Jun 23, 2018
Until there's a country called "South Macedonia"... no... just no.. and we're not going to start calling the Caucasian country of Georgia "East Georgia" just because there's an American province that shares the name.
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level 60
Jun 24, 2018
But North Macedonia is the new name of the country. If a part of Texas broke off from the United States and called itself "South Texas," would you call it just Texas when there is another Texas right next to it and the name makes sense? I feel that changing the name would also stop further debate.
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level 61
Jun 25, 2018
@kalbahamut: Also, let's call The Republic of Moldova east Moldova as there is a province of Romania with the same name. This is stupid beyond imagination. It's like Greece has resolved all their problems, their finances are stronger than never, their debt is paid in full and now the Greek government is bored and need an issue to discuss on. The country's name is Macedonia, I cannot imagine using FYROM (as an acronym, or spelled out) in an every day conversation.
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level 60
Jun 25, 2018
But no one knows or really cares about the province of Moldova. North Macedonia has had a huge dispute with Greece over its name, and there have been enough debates on this subject already. I am simply proposing to use a name which everyone has agreed upon because it keeps everyone happy and prevents arguments like this from happening in every quiz mentioning the country, as it has previously. Also, up until last week, FYROM was the official name for the country, so I don't understand why you think Macedonia is the official name. It has never been, or has not been for a very, very, very long time called Macedonia.
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level 60
Jun 26, 2018
Although you are right about use in everyday conversation. Jetpunk, however, is not everyday conversation.
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level 39
Jun 23, 2018
Never too old to learn. I would have guessed that the majority of the Arabian countries (with the exception of Egypt and Lebanon) would be Muslim.
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level 54
Jun 23, 2018
A country can be majority Muslim but still have a large minority of Orthodox Christians. This is true in the case of Egypt, for example.
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level 40
Jun 23, 2018
Around 90% of Egypt are Muslims while 9% are Coptic Christians...the last 1% are other religions
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level 74
Jun 23, 2018
Look at the percentages.
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level 8
Jun 26, 2018
wao
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level 33
Jun 30, 2018
I had one minute left and just remembered there were orthodox in Ethiopia so I put in and for some reason put in Sudan instead of Eritrea and ran out of time before I could fully type it. On the other hand I would've never guessed Egypt.
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level 36
Oct 19, 2018
Egypt! I EVEN TYPED IN PART OF THE NAME!!