Most least religious places survey announces China as least religious country in the world

April 14, 2015 | By Garrett Montgomery More

A survey of most and least religious places in the world was recently published. The new WIN/Gallup poll released this week showed that Thailand is the most religious country on earth with 94% of residents interrogated saying that they are religious followed by Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia, and Morocco. The list of the least religious places includes China followed by Hong Kong and Japan.

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A survey of most/least religious places in the world was released. On Monday, WIN/Gallup International Survey published a new study that revealed China and Thailand are the least and most religious places in the world respectively.

Between September 2014 and December 2014, pollsters quizzed a total of 64,000 people from 65 countries about their beliefs. The data showed that 63% of those interviewed are religious, 22% said they are not while 11% stated they are atheists.

According to the study, the most religious continent is Africa, (Central Africa), where 86% of the population say they believe in a form a higher power. The least religious continent is Europe, (Western Europe), where 51% of those surveyed say that they are nonbelievers.

The latest study shows that Thailand is the most religious place with 94% of the population admitting to being religious.

Thailand is followed by Armenia (93%), Bangladesh (93%), Georgia (93%), and Russia (70%). The United Kingdom has just 30% of believers, and according to experts by 2050, Christians will be a minority due to growing numbers of Muslims and atheists in the U.K.

In America, 56% say that they are religious – when the numbers are broken down, 33% of Americans said they are not at all religious, 6% say they are atheists, while the rest state that they “don’t know what they are.”

The least religious country in the world is China, 63% of Chinese citizens describe themselves as atheists, 34% in Hong Kong, 31% in Japan, 30% in Czech Republic and 20% of those surveyed in Spain consider themselves the same way.

Jean-Marc Leger, of WIN/Gallup explained:

“Religion continues to dominate our everyday lives and we see that the total number of people who consider themselves to be religious is actually relatively high.Furthermore, with the trend of an increasingly religious youth globally, we can assume that the number of people who consider themselves religious will only continue to increase.”

The survey of the most/least religious places reports that younger people under the age of 34 tend to be more religious. Moreover, people, who are uneducated, are the most religious. The majority of convinced atheists are among those with high income.

Interestingly enough, the survey showed 65% of those interviewed in Israel, say that they are either not religious or atheists, and just 30% say they are believers, compared to a whopping 75% in the Palestinian Territories who say they are religious and only 18% who say they are atheists.

What are your thoughts on the most/least religious places survey?


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  1. Your demise says:

    Lets look at the correlation between religion and violent extremists. In my mind there are only two reasons any war has been started: resources and religion. When can we start getting rid of these POS “people” who make this world sh!t so they can be “saved” in their afterlife. The creator made this planet for us, so go figure a bunch of greedy, arrogant “people” think they deserve a better place they call heaven. #hypo-christians #mus-lames

  2. Joe says:

    Religion is not what we need in our Lives and in Our World. What need is The Love that God has shown us When he Sent his Only Begotten Son , Jesus the Christ and His Holy Spirit. As I publish this and You Read it ,I am Prophesying that The Holy Spirit of Truth will touch you as he Did me 10 years ago and My Life totally Changed. The Invitation time is Over and its time for Invasion and for your Life to come into the Kingdom of God . In jesus Name come in and Live.

  3. LJohnson says:

    The Baha’i World Faith has a rosette with 9 sides/petals, not a star. The icon pictured in the story is inaccurate. The North American Baha’i temple is located in Wilmette, Ill.

  4. Roni says:

    “The majority of convinced atheists are among those with high income.” Only goes to show you, that the ones with higher incomes don’t want for much therefore less reliant on God. Unfortunately, one day their money will not be able to save them.

    • Iron says:

      Roni you have drawn a poor conclusion. Think about this logically. People with more education tend to make more money than those with less education. People with more education also tend to believe in God less than those with less education, because with education they have learned to believe in things like proven science instead of the fairy tales that religions offer.

      So the logical conclusion is that people with more education make more money and believe in God less because of their education, not because they simply have more money and “don’t want for much therefore less reliant on God”.

      The smarter and more educated you are, the less likely you are to believe in God, and the more likely you will have more money.

      • Emily says:

        Iron, this is so not true I am educated and make great money. I also believe in God and Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior but I am not religious I am in a relationship. Next there are many well-known scientist who are Christians, for example Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Next I have study the Bible (all 66 books contain in it) and many educated people realize it is a historical document. The Bible manuscripts are the most attested of ancient writings. For example Homer’s Iliad there are 643 copies and 764 disputed lines of text compare that to 40 lines in all of the New Testament which there are over 5,600 copies and fragments in the original Greek. So before you call something a fairy tale may be you should do a little research. Next the proof we have to the reliability of the Bible is archaeological evidence, no archaeological discovery has ever contradicted a biblical reference. You may believe that Jesus never existed but again there is historical evidence that he did and many of his contemporary (non-Christian historians of the day) wrote about Him. For example Flavius Josephus and Cornelius Tacitus both have accounts of Jesus in their writing.

    • Emily says:

      What a positively Christian thing to say, Roni.

    • Hahlovilahs says:

      Not believing in God does not change the fact that He exists. It’s sad to see such a decline in faith and therefore a decline in the overall morality of the world. Like it or not there is only one way to go to Heaven and that is by accepting the forgiveness of Jesus Christ the Messiah and putting Him in charge of your life. It’s easy to accept God, just pray a prayer like this: “Heavenly Father, thank you for your holy name and your perfect will. I know I am a sinner and cannot earn my way into Heaven by my own deeds. I call on you in the name of your son Jesus Christ and I accept your forgiveness and turn away from my sins. I believe you sent Jesus to the world to accept my punishment and to make me blameless of all my sins, even the ones I have not committed yet. I now accept your forgiveness, I turn away from my sins, and I make Jesus Christ the lord of my life. Lead me now and always with your Holy Spirit and help me to follow you and learn more about you through your Word. Thank you for being patient and forgiving and thank you for loving me enough to save me and give me eternal life through the name of Jesus. Amen”

      If you prayed that prayer and believed it, then you are saved and God has made you a new person. All your sins are washed away. You are absolutely forgiven of all your sins, past, present and future. Follow God and learn more about Him. Read the Holy Bible, get in a bible based church if you are in a place in the world where there is one. Do an internet search for DR. Charles Stanley at in touch ministries and listen to his sermons. He is a good teacher of the word of God. Another good teacher of God’s word is Greg Laurie. You can listen to his sermons as well.

      If you are now a new Christian because you prayed that prayer and believed it, then remember that even when life is hard, God is ALWAYS with you. He will never leave you or forsake you, not ever! Learn more about Him by reading the bible and listening to good preachers of His word.

      God bless you! You know now that if you die today, you will be with Jesus in paradise and your sins will not be remembered!

      With love,

      Your brother,

    • Drael says:

      You got it backward. Atheists are more likely to have higher education than religious believers. And they are more likely to be wealthy because of their higher education.

      In other words, their lack of belief doesn’t come from wealth. Instead, both wealth and non-belief comes from higher education.

  5. Ella says:

    I don’t think “.. most/least religious places in the world..” is accurate. If the survey do not cover the world is should not publish it as such.

  6. Mike says:

    What country is the most superstitious? My guess is China.

  7. Cynthia says:

    It’s good to see that religion is going away. It’s a throwback to the Dark Ages and there is no reason for it to still be around. One can see the relationship with lack of education and religion. The more intelligent and educated people are, the less religious.

  8. Bob B. says:

    You missed an important part of that paragraph, “Moreover, people, who are uneducated, are the most religious.” Kind of says it all.

  9. Shannon says:

    This is a wildly unscientific study. 64K over 65 countries? C’mon man! That’s not even a solitary percent of any country, nor is there much chance it represented a cross section of any of the cultures. I’m betting they trolled some web forum or did the man-on-the-street thing on college campuses/major metropolitan cities/airports.

  10. Catherine says:

    This research is completely false. China is highly religious in the animist sense. If not, then why do they constantly need ivory and tiger bones for medicinal use?

  11. Richard says:

    56% are religious in America? Seriously? And the others are unsure or atheist? This does not at all jive with the vast swath of the USA landscape. Not saying Christian here, which used to be 90% and now is 75-80%, but every religious persuasion. Yet somehow they got 56%? Their sample was far far too small. I mean really, 64000 people from 65 countries? Not even 1000 people from each? This survey has been weighed in the balances and found wanting. two thumbs down…

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