Government Favoritism of Religion (Average: 2003, 2005, 2008)
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The following list ranks nations (population 200,000+) on the extent to which government provides one religion or a small group of religions with special privileges, support or favorable sanctions. Higher values indicate greater government favoritism for religion(s). (Coded from the 2003, 2005 and 2008 waves of the International Religious Freedom Report)

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RankingNationValue
1Saudi Arabia 9.2
2Algeria 8.9
2Burma (Myanmar) 8.9
3Iran 8.8
3Jordan 8.8
3Pakistan 8.8
4Turkmenistan 8.7
5Maldives 8.5
5United Arab Emirates 8.5
6Malta 8.4
7Afghanistan 8.3
7Egypt 8.3
7Mauritania 8.3
8Greece 8.2
8Qatar 8.2
8Tunisia 8.2
9Argentina 8.1
9Georgia 8.1
9Peru 8.1
10Bolivia 8.0
10Iceland 8.0
10Iraq 8.0
10Libya 8.0
10Malaysia 8.0
10Venezuela 8.0
11Bhutan 7.9
11Cambodia 7.9
11Israel 7.9
11Spain 7.9
12Bahrain 7.8
13Colombia 7.7
13Kuwait 7.7
13Luxembourg 7.7
14Croatia 7.6
14Dominican Republic 7.6
14Indonesia 7.6
14Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) 7.6
14Uzbekistan 7.6
15Portugal 7.5
15Romania 7.5
16Belgium 7.4
16Cyprus 7.4
16Oman 7.4
16Serbia 7.4
17Denmark 7.3
18Costa Rica 7.2
18Nigeria 7.2
19Chad 7.0
19India 7.0
19Lebanon 7.0
19Lithuania 7.0
19Morocco 7.0
20Armenia 6.9
20Brunei 6.9
20Slovakia 6.9
21Nicaragua 6.8
21Norway 6.8
21Turkey 6.8
22Bulgaria 6.7
22Thailand 6.7
22Zambia 6.7
23Switzerland 6.5
24Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.4
24Czech Republic 6.4
24Latvia 6.4
25Bangladesh 6.3
25Finland 6.3
25Germany 6.3
25Western Sahara 6.3
26Chile 6.2
26Cote d'Ivoire 6.2
26Italy 6.2
26Sudan 6.2
27Austria 6.1
27Canada 6.1
28Guinea 6.0
28Kosovo 6.0
29Equatorial Guinea 5.9
29Ethiopia 5.9
29Kenya 5.9
30Comoros 5.7
30Laos 5.7
30Moldova 5.7
30Syria 5.7
31Hungary 5.6
31Yemen 5.6
32United Kingdom 5.5
33Mauritius 5.4
34Cape Verde 5.3
34Nepal 5.3
34Russia 5.3
34Tanzania 5.3
35Belarus 5.2
35China 5.2
35Montenegro 5.2
36France 5.0
36Senegal 5.0
36Vanuatu 5.0
37Djibouti 4.9
37Panama 4.9
38Korea, (South) Republic of 4.8
39Netherlands 4.7
40Slovenia 4.5
40Ukraine 4.5
41Azerbaijan 4.4
42Haiti 4.3
42Mongolia 4.3
42Solomon Islands 4.3
42Swaziland 4.3
43Liberia 4.2
43Paraguay 4.2
44Hong Kong 4.1
44Macedonia 4.1
44Zimbabwe 4.1
45Belize 4.0
45Poland 4.0
45Somalia 4.0
45Sri Lanka 4.0
46Ghana 3.8
46Guatemala 3.8
47Singapore 3.7
48Madagascar 3.4
48Papua New Guinea 3.4
49Lesotho 3.3
50Malawi 3.2
50Vietnam 3.2
51Gambia, The 3.1
52Niger 3.0
52Suriname 3.0
53Sweden 2.9
54El Salvador 2.8
54Eritrea 2.8
54Trinidad and Tobago 2.8
55Bahamas, The 2.7
55Kazakhstan 2.7
56New Zealand 2.5
57Tajikistan 2.4
58Honduras 2.1
58Rwanda 2.1
59Estonia 2.0
59Gabon 2.0
60Central African Republic 1.9
60Cuba 1.9
60Ireland 1.9
60Kyrgyzstan 1.9
60Philippines 1.9
61Togo 1.8
62Mexico 1.7
63Fiji 1.5
63Japan 1.5
63South Africa 1.5
64Albania 1.4
65Barbados 1.3
65Ecuador 1.3
65Timor-Leste 1.3
66Guyana 1.2
66Uganda 1.2
67Cameroon 1.1
68Congo, Democratic Republic of the 1.0
68Sierra Leone 1.0
69Australia 0.9
69Macau 0.9
70Benin 0.8
71Brazil 0.7
72Botswana 0.6
73Mozambique 0.5
73Taiwan 0.5
74Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 0.4
75Angola 0.2
75Burundi 0.2
75Mali 0.2
75Namibia 0.2
76Burkina Faso 0.0
76Congo, Republic of the 0.0
76Guinea-Bissau 0.0
76Jamaica 0.0
76Uruguay 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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