Government Regulation of Religion (Average: 2003, 2005, 2008)
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The following list ranks nations (population 200,000+) on the extent to which the government regulates 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
1Saudi Arabia 9.8
2Maldives 9.7
3Brunei 9.4
4Burma (Myanmar) 9.1
5China 9.0
5Iran 9.0
6Comoros 8.9
6Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 8.9
7Eritrea 8.8
7Pakistan 8.8
7Uzbekistan 8.8
8Jordan 8.6
8Laos 8.6
9Turkmenistan 8.5
10Egypt 8.3
11Azerbaijan 8.1
11Sudan 8.1
11Vietnam 8.1
12Malaysia 7.9
13Afghanistan 7.7
13Belarus 7.7
13Kuwait 7.7
14Algeria 7.5
14Libya 7.5
14Mauritania 7.5
14Somalia 7.5
15Singapore 7.4
16Armenia 7.3
17Cuba 7.2
17Qatar 7.2
18Kazakhstan 7.1
19Bangladesh 7.0
20Bulgaria 6.7
21Bhutan 6.6
22Indonesia 6.5
23Yemen 6.4
24Western Sahara 6.3
25Bahrain 6.2
25Oman 6.2
25Tunisia 6.2
26Chad 6.1
27Iraq 6.0
27Morocco 6.0
27Sri Lanka 6.0
27Syria 6.0
27Tajikistan 6.0
28Romania 5.9
29India 5.8
30Nepal 5.6
30United Arab Emirates 5.6
31Greece 5.5
32Mongolia 5.3
33Russia 5.2
33Rwanda 5.2
34Turkey 5.1
35Georgia 5.0
35Ukraine 5.0
36Kyrgyzstan 4.9
36Lebanon 4.9
37Central African Republic 4.8
38Nigeria 4.7
39Djibouti 4.5
40Tanzania 4.4
40Zimbabwe 4.4
41Uganda 4.2
42Israel 4.1
43Thailand 4.0
44Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.7
45Cyprus 3.6
45Ethiopia 3.6
46Serbia 3.5
47Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) 3.4
47Latvia 3.4
47Moldova 3.4
48Equatorial Guinea 3.3
49Colombia 3.1
49Macedonia 3.1
49Mexico 3.1
50Congo, Democratic Republic of the 3.0
51France 2.9
52Cote d'Ivoire 2.8
53Kosovo 2.6
54Cambodia 2.3
55Germany 2.2
56Guinea 2.0
56Kenya 2.0
56Liberia 2.0
56Venezuela 2.0
57Cameroon 1.8
57Lithuania 1.8
57Niger 1.8
57Peru 1.8
58Belgium 1.6
59Argentina 1.5
59Montenegro 1.5
59Swaziland 1.5
59Timor-Leste 1.5
59United Kingdom 1.5
60Mauritius 1.4
60Slovakia 1.4
61Gabon 1.2
61Italy 1.2
61Madagascar 1.2
61Panama 1.2
62Austria 1.1
63Denmark 1.0
63Fiji 1.0
63Jamaica 1.0
63Japan 1.0
64Chile 0.9
64Croatia 0.9
64Hungary 0.9
64Iceland 0.9
64Slovenia 0.9
65El Salvador 0.8
65Finland 0.8
65Mozambique 0.8
65Spain 0.8
65Trinidad and Tobago 0.8
66Bahamas, The 0.7
66Canada 0.7
66Ghana 0.7
66Guatemala 0.7
66Norway 0.7
66Paraguay 0.7
66Switzerland 0.7
67Angola 0.6
67Brazil 0.6
67Guinea-Bissau 0.6
67Hong Kong 0.6
67Solomon Islands 0.6
67Vanuatu 0.6
68Australia 0.5
68Costa Rica 0.5
68Korea, (South) Republic of 0.5
68Philippines 0.5
69Barbados 0.3
69Botswana 0.3
69Burkina Faso 0.3
69Dominican Republic 0.3
69Ecuador 0.3
69Guyana 0.3
69Honduras 0.3
69Macau 0.3
69Nicaragua 0.3
69Sierra Leone 0.3
69Sweden 0.3
69Togo 0.3
70Albania 0.2
70Czech Republic 0.2
70Luxembourg 0.2
70Zambia 0.2
71Belize 0.0
71Benin 0.0
71Bolivia 0.0
71Burundi 0.0
71Cape Verde 0.0
71Congo, Republic of the 0.0
71Estonia 0.0
71Gambia, The 0.0
71Haiti 0.0
71Ireland 0.0
71Lesotho 0.0
71Malawi 0.0
71Mali 0.0
71Malta 0.0
71Namibia 0.0
71Netherlands 0.0
71New Zealand 0.0
71Papua New Guinea 0.0
71Poland 0.0
71Portugal 0.0
71Senegal 0.0
71South Africa 0.0
71Suriname 0.0
71Taiwan 0.0
71Uruguay 0.0
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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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