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Irreligious Countries

Name the countries that have the highest percentage of people who say they are "not a religious person".
According to a WIN/Gallup poll, 2014
Last updated: November 20, 2016
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Country
90
China
76
Sweden
76
Estonia
75
Czech Republic
66
Netherlands
66
United Kingdom
65
Israel
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Country
62
Japan
59
Germany
58
Australia
58
Switzerland
55
South Korea
55
Spain
54
Austria
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Country
54
Azerbaijan
54
Vietnam
53
Canada
53
France
52
Denmark
51
Ireland
50
Latvia
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level 65
Jun 7, 2013
Huh, the ones I missed were surprising - France, Vietnam, Azerbaijan.
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level 74
Jan 18, 2017
Why is Vietnam surprising?
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level 57
Apr 25, 2018
I find Vietnam surprising. Nearly all of the Vietnamese homes I have been in have altars. I have an altar in my house because I have a Vietnamese wife. I have been to temples in Vietnam full of people burning incense and fake money, praying for wealth, good health and good fortune. I have known people who have invited Buddhist monks around to their house to exorcise spirits or to contact the spirits of their ancestors. Many Vietnamese may not see themselves as practising Buddhists though, even though they go to the pagoda to pray and burn incense. My wife still goes to the pagoda to burn incense and pray sometimes, but she says she is not religious. I say I am not religious, but I haven't set foot inside a church to worship in over 30 years.
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level 74
Apr 25, 2018
It might depend on how the question is asked. I find Vietnamese people highly superstitious, and yes reverent of ancestors, but not religious. You might call this religion. But maybe others, including the Vietnamese, would not.
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level 32
Apr 25, 2018
Vietnamese people living overseas are probably more likely to be religous as they were fleeing communism.
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level 35
Nov 14, 2018
I teach English in Vietnam and religion usually comes up after a few lessons. I have only met a few people, out of the few dozen I have asked, that said they are not religious. Then I ask about the burning incense and ancestor worship type things and they always say that they do them. So even most of the ones that don't claim to be religious seem to still participate in religious ceremonies.
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level 55
Jan 18, 2017
Living in France, I'm not surprised at all and I'm always amazed by how much foreign country tend to see us as an ultra-religious country. Here even the catholic are not so church-going and are sometime anticlerical.
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level 61
Jan 19, 2017
French Revolution and 1905 "Laicism bill" don't suggest you anything, do they? ;)
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level 75
Jan 22, 2017
Laicism has nothing to do with whether people are religious. It is merely the separation of state and religion.
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level 59
Nov 13, 2018
Ireland is surprising seeing the power the Catholic Church has over law, although that is slipping.
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level 24
Nov 14, 2018
Israel, really?
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level 59
Jan 14, 2014
If only the US could somehow get on this list....preferably close to the top.
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level 75
Nov 21, 2016
Sure, that would make everything better, wouldn't it? You'd like that level to be at China's?
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level 69
Nov 22, 2016
How about around the level of Northern Europe?
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level 71
Jan 18, 2017
Why the sarcasm joey?
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level 59
Nov 13, 2018
Seeing as China will be above the level of the USA, update your reply in a generation.
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level 69
Nov 26, 2016
And it matters to you, why? If someone else believes in God why should it offend you? If it's because you think they push their religion on you, you are pushing your non-religion on them -- both are equally obtrusive and offensive.
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level 75
Nov 28, 2016
This
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level 52
Jan 18, 2017
It matters if a religious agenda is pushed forward politically, as it in the USA, in conflict with the rights and freedoms of others.
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level 71
Jan 18, 2017
The quiz isn't about people who believe in a God, it is about people who consider themselves religious and that matters because religion is poisonous - it often causes oppression, bigotry, subjugation and violence and sometimes even condones mutilation and murder of the innocent. Obviously the core principles of some religions are less aggressive than others but the dominant religions of the world are inherently (and ironically) 'the work of the devil'
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level 47
Jan 18, 2017
roleybob - land, water, politics, natural resources, misunderstandings - all these cause wars too, should we get rid of them?
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level 55
Jan 18, 2017
Not true for USA. Pretty sure they wouldn't want gay marriage, 48358 genders, feminism and other crap.
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level 71
Jan 18, 2017
I'm not suggesting that religion is the only evil in the world and certainly greed, fear and competition due to lack of sufficient resources / overpopulation might be catalysts for confrontation but land, water and natural resources don't actively incite whole societies to go to war. The central tenets of the major religions, however, directly sanction and even actively encourage death, destruction and all sorts of other evils on a monumental scale.

Politics often goes hand in hand with religion - the Catholic church for example is hugely political, using power, wealth and intimidation as well as the promise of false dreams to influence the lives of hundreds of millions of people, causing the proliferation of disease, suffering, violence and death worldwide. Not all politics is tainted by religion of course and although some non-religious political institutions are very harmful, I hope we can at least agree that, as Trix suggests, secular states are generally better for
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level 71
Jan 18, 2017
the health of the world as they are free from the motivations and agendas which are intrinsic to organised religious bodies and their dogmatic, outdated views of a twisted morality which, in many cases, was borne from the socio-political situation some angry men found themselves in thousands of years ago. Misunderstandings is too vague, unless you have an example of what you mean?

Of course, this isn't to say that all religious people are evil, most are merely misinformed, easily influenced or want to conform (or are made to). Even some established religions are not so bad - e.g. I hear that Jainism is unlikely to be the cause of many wars - but in general, and certainly with the big ones, religious core principles are more geared towards causing suffering and holding power over people than encouraging shared, beneficial development and empowering the less fortunate
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level 49
Jan 18, 2017
Can people please stop being offensive, whether it is accidentally or purposefully.
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level 63
Jan 18, 2017
roleybob- Some people use religion as an excuse for evil, but religion has overall had a significant positive net effect. Churches, schools, orphanages, food shelves, homeless shelters, adoption services, etc. Calls for peace and nonviolence.
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level 46
Jan 18, 2017
It probably matters because the current state of the US is people pushing their religious beliefs onto people. Sure, I'll shut up about being an atheist- as soon as religious people stop patronizing and preaching at me all the goddamn time. Double-edged sword, you hypocrites.
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level 71
Jan 19, 2017
CartoJ - Religion is not a pre-requisite for schools, orphanages, etc, to exist. Having institutions set up to help the impoverished is a worthy cause, but the people who set up those institutions could do so without needing to bring religion in to it. You could say that the church provides funding but where do you think that money comes from in the first place? Ever heard of tithes?

In what way are churches a positive?

Religious organisations generally call for peace when it suits them and quite the opposite when it doesn't. Accepted that this is a generalisation and does not apply solely to organised religions but, as above, the central workings of the major religions are not conducive to creating a peaceful, just, healthy world.

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level 71
Jan 19, 2017
Even if we did assume that religions are pacifistic, 'calls for peace and no-violence' does not require a religious inclination. Why is it that the religious have a tendency to think that non-religious people have no morals? I know inherently that murder is morally wrong. If you have to be told that by someone claiming to have a higher authority then it isn't me that has a morality problem.

Antafogasta - If you want to be offended that's fine, it's up to you. I don't understand why, over the last few years, being offended has become such a big deal. I'm deeply offended by religion but that doesn't stop preachers knocking on my door, standing in the street shouting about how evil I am for not accepting god and causing suffering worldwide. On the balance of it, I think that is worse than posting a few comments on the internet. We're having a discussion, if you don't want to be involved then don't, it's no problem.
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level 48
Jan 19, 2017
@roleybob. He's not saying that we need religion to have orphanages etc. He's saying that the majority of them were set up or are run by a religious organisations.
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level 71
Jan 20, 2017
I don't know whether that is true, you may be correct but certainly to the best of my knowledge most of the charities I've had any sort of contact with have not had religious roots, though granted my sample size is not exactly huge.

If we do assume that most charities are founded or run by religious organisations then that still doesn't mean that religion has had a net positive effect. Look at all of the poverty, disease and oppression caused by the Vatican's stance on contraception alone, never mind all of the other impingements on human rights, the conflicts it has encouraged, etc.

It seems that Francis is taking a slightly softer approach which is a move in the right direction but the whole idea that the church should have the right to tell people how to live their lives is disgusting in the first place.
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level 71
Jan 20, 2017
And apologies if I have been a bit over-aggressive above, not a great time for me at the moment but that obviously isn't the fault of anyone here
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level 52
May 13, 2017
+1 to kapulani3
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level 24
Apr 24, 2018
I have no problem in 'faith', whatever you consider it to be, 'Religion' tends, in my opinion to be the thing that causes problems worldwide.
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level 71
Sep 11, 2018
ianb - having faith just means that you are willing to believe something without having any evidence for it, and claiming to be a person of faith should be a big indicator to others that they can ignore what you say as it is likely to be baseless
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level 59
Nov 13, 2018
I fact checked Greenland's claim twice by rereading Roleybob's reply. Nowhere in his shirt statement did he say the only source of war. I have forwarded Greenland's credentials to Fox News for employment.
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level 54
Nov 13, 2018
@kapulani, religion is able to influence quite a lot of behaviour including voting in the USA. Quite a lot of the most powerful positions in the USA are occupied by nutters with one of their excuses being religion. @Greenland, land, water and natural resources are so clearly necessary to human life that they obviously can't be got rid of. This applies to politics to a certain extent although we should indeed try to limit its influence. Misunderstandings should indeed be minimised, and if possible got rid of, although this often isn't possible. @Gildarts, the USA already has gay marriage and some people there are feminists. @Antofagasta, not if it involves not speaking the truth. @Carto, not true. These things are done just as well without religion, as evidenced by the relative prosperity of most of the countries on this list.
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level 69
Jan 30, 2017
It seems Atheism = Success in your idiotic mind.
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level 54
Nov 13, 2018
Atheism = better than monotheism or polytheism. Success is mainly unrelated.
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level 74
Nov 13, 2018
Success at what? Building prosperous, peaceful, harmonious, stable, law-abiding societies that engender greater well-being for the people who are a part of them? They're very highly correlated if that's what you mean by success.
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level 54
Nov 15, 2018
It will depend on what sort of success you're looking at. Sometimes the causation will be the other way around though: a country is rich, so there is better education, so fewer people rely on religion. There probably is a correlation. I just don't think they're the same thing, which is what Bernard seemed to be using as a straw man. Although a greater number of people escaping from religion arguably is an example of success.
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level 57
May 13, 2017
I'd just like to say that religion, while not the only source, is a large source of conflict--- possibly even the largest. Even if you choose to disregard all the wars and death in the past and look to the present, I'm sure there's a reason why all the secular countries are the successful ones--- if we have a nation that does not judge or segregate based on religion, then there's one less thing to worry about. While other factors, such as money, race, political class etc. do cause conflict, those will not go away as easily as religion, and advanced societies will inevitably have those. But not excessive religion.
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level 60
Aug 5, 2014
Good quiz. I can say jokingly that the religion of (my home country) Estonia is singing, but that's not exactly what you want to hear. @ Stigni: North Korea has Juche, that means they "believe" Kim is a god. @ PorcNBeanz: Irreligion isn't the same as intellect. Finland, Switzerland and Taiwan aren't on this list, but yet they're in the top 10 of every PISA test.
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level 63
Oct 4, 2014
This is my favorite comment on this website so far
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level 69
Nov 22, 2016
Switzerland actually is there on the list, though…
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level 56
Jan 18, 2017
Also not part of the poll
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level 60
Jan 18, 2017
Wow, good job mashing three comments into one!
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level 43
Jan 18, 2017
Wow, good job congratulating yourself!
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level 63
Sep 27, 2014
Not many warm countries.
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level 55
Jan 20, 2017
...ok?
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level 67
Apr 21, 2017
Cold sucks so badly that people living there know there can be no god. If a generous and loving god exists, he wouldn't make people live in the climate of Finland/Sweden
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level 57
May 13, 2017
most tropical countries are poor or at least not rich, and most poor people are religious. I'm not saying that religious people are idiots and cannot make any money or a living, I'm just saying that secular countries are more developed. May or may not be a coincidence.
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level 65
Oct 25, 2014
A bit surprised not to see the Vatican though...
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level 31
Nov 13, 2015
Christianity in uk 72%,Russia ,73%,Latvia 89%,Denmark,86% and Ukraine ,83%.while North Korea ,Mongolia and turkey is not religious .
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level 72
Nov 17, 2015
Christianity... In France, each baptized person is christian, according to christian leaders. I presume it's the same in other so-called christian countries. Your percentages must be the official ones ! I've been baptized when I was a few days old. I don't believe in any god, and my parents or my brother don't. But four french "christians"... Sorry for my english.
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level 45
Jan 2, 2017
this refers to how religious they are as opposed to actual atheism. Many European people may be religious but very secular at the same time.
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level 52
Jan 18, 2017
'Not religious' is an ambivalent term. Does it mean 'I believe in god but don't go to church' or does it mean 'I don't believe in god', or it may be 'I'm not affiliated with an official relgion but I am spiritual'. Everyone is free to choose their interpretation, of course, so it's difficult to draw any conclusions whatsoever from this quiz :)
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level 58
Jan 18, 2017
In the source it says the numbers are for people who answered as "not a religious person" or "a convinced atheist". Everyone knows what an Atheist is so I'd say non-practicing believers (e.g. a Christian who's not praying or going to church or doing anything other than carry that "title" Christian) would fall into the category of "not a religious person". But it's very difficult to say because not everyone thinks alike and polls are just representative numbers.
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level 44
Jan 19, 2017
Turkey is majority Muslim.
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level 67
Apr 24, 2018
@MyOriginalLife, it looks like your figure for 71% Christain in the UK is out of date. The 2001 census had a figure of 72%, but the most recent census in 2011 showed only 59% identifying as Christain. Most of the surveys I have heard or seen in the last few years comment on the rise of those identifying as 'non religious, agnostic or atheist' so I suspect (and accept that is nothing more than supposition on my part) that the downward trend in those identifying as Christian will have continued.
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level 56
Nov 13, 2018
Turkey is 98% muslim and aside from istanbul and the western part, very religious.
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level 54
Nov 13, 2018
@MyOriginalLife, as the survey shows, your numbers are wrong. People just put down "Christian" on the census and stuff (often on the behalf of others including very young children who can't possibly have decided) because they might, for example, have a wedding in a church.
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level 59
Dec 17, 2015
I'd like to see the sources for this quiz because these results seem quite dubious. I imagine the discrepancy comes down to definitions of "belief" and "deity" as I know first hand that Japan has an overwhelming majority of religiously apathetic citizens. Some may counter that their fusion of Shinto and Zen Buddhism favors belief in a deity but I don't think it's a fair comparison to compare the spiritual avatars of Buddhism to the monotheistic god of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Additionally, Azerbaijan and Albania are Muslim majority countries and while the latter is likely filled with nonpracticing Muslims, I doubt the integrity of the intel regarding Azerbaijan.
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level ∞
Nov 20, 2016
Here's the source. It's based on a poll.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_irreligion
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level 74
Jan 2, 2017
A large number of countries skipped in the poll.
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level ∞
Jan 2, 2017
True. If every country was polled, the European microstates might make the list. The poor third world countries probably wouldn't, though.
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level 67
Jan 18, 2017
New Zealand would most likely make the list. Typically less conservative than Australia.
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level 71
Jan 19, 2017
Self-perception is just one criterion about religiousness and varies widely between cultures.

Czech Republic is traditionally regarded as the most atheist European country and is also high on this list, but I have a friend who moved there from Slovenia and to him CZ seems more religious. Simply put – Slovenes might go to church only on Christmas, Easter, funerals, weddings etc, not care much about God but consider themselves religious in a poll. Czechs would do the same but claim they're not religious.
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level 57
May 13, 2017
I thought Estonia was the most secular.
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level 73
Nov 21, 2016
I started typing Israel...typed "ISR" and deleted it thinking that's a stupid guess. Dang it!
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level 70
Nov 21, 2016
I was very surprised to see Israel on this list too. Didn't even consider trying it because it felt absurd.
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level 59
Jan 18, 2017
Same!
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level 69
Nov 23, 2016
I live in Israel, typed it just for fun. I think the issue here is what is "religious." With so many very strictly observant Jews, Muslims and Christians, anyone who is not very observant probably defines themselves as "not religious" though nearly everyone observes the holidays and traditions and probably most of them believe in God. In the U.S. most of those people would be more likely to say they are religious, because they are comparing themselves to atheists. .. . .. the sliding scale.
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level 69
Nov 23, 2016
Reminds me of an old joke about a first-year University of Chicago student who goes home for the holidays. His mother asks, "how are you son?" He replies, "relative to what?"
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level 64
Dec 11, 2016
I am shocked to not see the Vatican on here. I doubt that more than 10% of its citizens are religions.
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level 76
Jan 18, 2017
Wait, if you live in Vatican, you can become a religion?
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level 47
Apr 10, 2017
Lol
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level 32
Jan 18, 2017
Flawed quiz. There's no way Sweden can be in second place, when Norway is not even mentioned. Such small (population) and neighboring countries are usually not THAT different, and I am Norwegian, so I know. I know for sure, that not ~50% is Christian or religious. That percent is much lower, and irreligious percent is much higher!
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level 71
Jan 19, 2017
Take an issue with the people answering the poll.
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level 49
Jan 20, 2017
These polls must be a joke or something. Finland and Norway not at least 80% irreligious? Yeah right. And no, it's not about "boo hoo that's what the people answered" - if you've lived in these countries you know that believers are very, very rare. Walking on the streets you're probably more likely to run into a convicted murderer than a religious person. It's a shame that people behind these polls decided to take a shortcut and just make up numbers out of their heads.
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level 54
Nov 13, 2018
It is possible that people just took the question to mean something different to what you took it to mean. Whether someone is "a religious person" is a very subjective question. For some people it is clear, but not for others.
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level 51
Jan 18, 2017
This quiz is good. I liked it.
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level 53
Jan 18, 2017
Israel ? is VERY religious
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level 34
Feb 6, 2017
No it's not... Most of the israelis are secular, and all of my friends are atheists, just like me.
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level 22
Jan 18, 2017
guys, just sayong but im 3 and from china and i dont speak english ( as you telll bi mi speling) i av finish with 2 minutes spair, so yeh
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level 34
Jan 18, 2017
Israel?! Really?? I was not expecting that
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level 56
Jan 18, 2017
Mostly first world countries. Says something about education maybe.
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level 39
Jan 18, 2017
Organized Religion and Absolute Power: One and the same.
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level 49
Jan 18, 2017
Please stop being casually offensive.
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level 64
Jan 18, 2017
How's making an observation "casually offensive"?
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level 67
Apr 24, 2018
@Antofagasta, please stop being a snowflake!
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level 58
Jan 18, 2017
I'm very surprised that Israel made the list considering that they are supposed to be a Jewish country and that it is in the Middle East making the rest of the population likely to be Muslim.
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level 53
Dec 7, 2017
I don't think the kind of religion followed has any effect on the quiz.
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level 55
Jan 18, 2017
How come North Korea is not on the list, being a Communist country?
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level 66
Jan 18, 2017
Juche has many aspects of a religion. In my mind, it reaches past a political ideology. In any case, they North Koreans didn't take this poll and aren't included in the source. How many Koreans in the North genuinely believe in Juche is an unknowable question, but I imagine most of them would say they have absolute faith in Great Leader
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level 20
Jul 11, 2018
They were not allowed to answer the survey.
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level 34
Jan 18, 2017
65% israel? im guessing whoever conducted the poll only asked people from tel aviv... i wish it was 65% out of all israelis, maybe 25% these days
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level 32
Jan 18, 2017
WTF Spain, Israel and Ireland? Thought it would be full of Catholics and Jews
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level 68
Apr 19, 2017
same here
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level 33
Jan 18, 2017
is not israel jewish and i should know my name is israel and never mind my screen name it was kind of a funny option im 12
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level 41
Jan 18, 2017
Surprised not to see Vatican City on this list.
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level 55
Jan 19, 2017
No Iceland? Everyone's an atheist there.
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level 24
Jan 19, 2017
There is a country in europe with 100% Catholic It's Called Vatican City :)
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level 67
Apr 21, 2017
I wonder if there's any closet Protestants or atheists living there. I bet they're scared to "come out"
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level 57
May 13, 2017
With a population of around 800, most of them not immigrants, I'd imagine that all people there believe what their parents believe in.
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level 65
Jul 1, 2017
What? Everyone in Vatican is an immigrant. There are no people born in Vatican at all. The people living in Vatican are clergymen, monks, nuns and such who should not be into babymaking. There has been a few babies born in Vatican though during the WW2 when pregnant jewish women were hiding in Vatican., but those kids for sure did not get a Vatican citizenship.
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level 53
Jan 22, 2017
I got all of them with only 4 seconds left!
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level 47
Jan 27, 2017
Somehow the Vatican wasn't a correct answer...
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level 24
Sep 27, 2018
Are you being sarcastic, or do you actually not know what the Vatican is?
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level 46
Jul 1, 2017
Finished with just one second left!
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level 45
Jul 1, 2017
'Murica :-/
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level ∞
Feb 15, 2018
'elgium ಠ_ಠ
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level 40
Nov 3, 2017
Some countries I expected to be on the list but were not: Cuba, Russia, North Korea, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Belguim,
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level 45
Apr 24, 2018
Yeah, as a Finn myself, I'm totally questioning Finland's absence on this list. We're not religious, I'd know that. Approx. 71% of Finns belong to Evangelical Lutheran Church, yet ≤10% of them are active church goers. The reason for this is that were born as members of the church (as our parents most likely were members) and then we're just too lazy to leave/resign/whateververbissupposedtobecorrect the church.
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level 13
Nov 22, 2017
What surprises me is how 65% of Israel doesn't consider themselves religious, whilst there has been conflict between Palestinians and Israelis about who should own the land, and Israel's excuse is that it is the promised land given to them by God.
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level ∞
Feb 15, 2018
What's your excuse for why you get to live in the country you were born in?
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level 53
Feb 3, 2018
It's actually quite ironic that Israel is so high.
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level 28
Feb 12, 2018
What! No Vatican City??????
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level 54
Apr 7, 2018
Surpised not to see North Korea in this one
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level 61
Apr 24, 2018
I think it would be high on the list, but getting good stats out of North Korea is futile. They have largely replaced religion with a cult of personality for the Kim dynasty. According to Wikipedia, about 64% of the citizens might be considered irreligious, but that has to be mostly speculation.
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level 59
Apr 24, 2018
I was surprised not to see New Zealand on the list
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level 39
Apr 25, 2018
Religion is truly the "Opiate of the masses", as they struggle to survive and strive to purchase eternity in heaven while their leaders bleed them dry so that THEY might live a life of luxury here on earth. I am not being "casually offensive", I am being a realist.
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level 65
May 24, 2018
I like how the majority of these countries is doing pretty well in terms of freedom, economy, wealth, technology, etc. etc. Religious countries are obviously still lacking in most of these factors.
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level 24
Sep 27, 2018
I salute China can I move there, my mom hates me for being non-religious
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level 59
Nov 13, 2018
So the intelligent, well-developed, advanced countries....
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level 58
Nov 13, 2018
Israel surprised me and I never remembered answering this.
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level 74
Nov 13, 2018
Of all the former Soviet SSRs, apart from Estonia, Azerbaijan is the one I'd expect to show up here the least. Interesting. Is that new following the update? [edit: looking at the stats apparently I've taken this twice before, and I've missed Azerbaijan every time while usually getting all the others. Maybe it will finally sink in this time.]
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