Government Regulation of Religion (Average: 2003, 2005, 2008)
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The following list ranks regions on the extent to which governments in each region regulate the selection, practice, and profession of religion through official laws, policies, or administrative actions. Higher values indicate greater government regulation of religion. (Coded from the 2003, 2005 and 2008 International Religious Freedom Reports)

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RankingNationValue
1South-Central Asia 7.3
2Northern Africa 7.1
3South-Eastern Asia 5.9
3Western Asia 5.9
4Eastern Asia 3.8
5Eastern Europe 3.6
6Eastern Africa 3.4
7The World 3.0
8Middle Africa 2.3
9Micronesia (Region) 1.6
10Western Europe 1.5
11Southern Europe 1.4
11Western Africa 1.4
12Northern Europe 1.0
13Caribbean 0.9
13Central America 0.9
13South America 0.9
14Melanesia 0.6
15Southern Africa 0.4
16Australia/New Zealand 0.2
--Northern America --
--Polynesia --


Source

The data presented in QuickLists are from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau's International Data Base, the U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report, the United Nations Human Development Reports, and others.

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