Social Regulation of Religion (Average: 2003, 2005, 2008)
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The following list ranks nations (population 200,000+) based on the level of hostility in the culture towards nontraditional religions, hostility towards conversion to other religions, hostility towards proselytizing, and whether or not existing religions try to shut out new religions. Higher values indicate greater social regulation of religion. (Coded from the 2003, 2005 and 2008 International Religious Freedom Reports)

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RankingNationValue
1Afghanistan 10.0
1India 10.0
1Indonesia 10.0
1Iran 10.0
1Pakistan 10.0
1Saudi Arabia 10.0
2Azerbaijan 9.8
2Russia 9.8
2Somalia 9.8
3Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) 9.7
4Israel 9.6
5Armenia 9.4
5Sri Lanka 9.4
6Comoros 9.3
6Lebanon 9.3
7Belarus 9.1
7Sudan 9.1
7Turkey 9.1
7Yemen 9.1
8Malaysia 9.0
8Syria 9.0
9Algeria 8.9
9Bangladesh 8.9
9Georgia 8.9
10Greece 8.7
11Morocco 8.6
12Ethiopia 8.4
12Ukraine 8.4
13Romania 8.2
13Uzbekistan 8.2
14Burma (Myanmar) 8.1
14Djibouti 8.1
15Egypt 8.0
15Iraq 8.0
16Bulgaria 7.9
17Nepal 7.8
17Tunisia 7.8
18Laos 7.6
18Moldova 7.6
19Kuwait 7.4
20Eritrea 7.3
21Belgium 7.2
22Bahrain 7.1
22Jordan 7.1
23Austria 7.0
24Bhutan 6.9
24Brunei 6.9
25Colombia 6.8
26Cameroon 6.7
26Chad 6.7
27Mexico 6.6
27Serbia 6.6
28Maldives 6.4
28Montenegro 6.4
29Cote d'Ivoire 6.0
29Kyrgyzstan 6.0
30Slovenia 5.9
30Vanuatu 5.9
31France 5.8
31Germany 5.8
31Kenya 5.8
31Lithuania 5.8
31Macedonia 5.8
31Mauritania 5.8
31Mongolia 5.8
31Nigeria 5.8
31Poland 5.8
31Timor-Leste 5.8
32Cyprus 5.7
33Bosnia and Herzegovina 5.6
34Fiji 5.4
34Turkmenistan 5.4
35Croatia 5.3
35Italy 5.3
35Libya 5.3
35Philippines 5.3
36Tanzania 5.2
37Congo, Democratic Republic of the 5.1
37Netherlands 5.1
37Switzerland 5.1
37United Kingdom 5.1
38Brazil 5.0
38China 5.0
39Kazakhstan 4.8
40Argentina 4.7
40United Arab Emirates 4.7
41Guinea 4.6
41Liberia 4.6
41Oman 4.6
41Qatar 4.6
41Slovakia 4.6
42Kosovo 4.4
42Mauritius 4.4
42Rwanda 4.4
42Spain 4.4
43Angola 4.3
43Thailand 4.3
44Niger 4.2
44Vietnam 4.2
45Canada 4.1
45Zimbabwe 4.1
46Central African Republic 4.0
46Japan 4.0
47Guatemala 3.8
47Malawi 3.8
48Tajikistan 3.7
48Western Sahara 3.7
49Denmark 3.6
49Finland 3.6
49Hungary 3.6
49Solomon Islands 3.6
50Latvia 3.4
50Norway 3.4
50Venezuela 3.4
51Australia 3.3
51Costa Rica 3.3
51Cuba 3.3
51Jamaica 3.3
51South Africa 3.3
51Uganda 3.3
52Czech Republic 3.1
52Iceland 3.1
52Sweden 3.1
53Chile 2.7
53Singapore 2.7
54Burkina Faso 2.6
55Congo, Republic of the 2.4
55Haiti 2.4
55Sierra Leone 2.4
56Gambia, The 2.3
57Albania 2.2
57Barbados 2.2
58Ghana 2.1
58New Zealand 2.1
58Nicaragua 2.1
59Equatorial Guinea 2.0
59Mali 2.0
60Guinea-Bissau 1.9
61Cambodia 1.8
61Mozambique 1.8
62Papua New Guinea 1.7
62Paraguay 1.7
63Bahamas, The 1.4
63Estonia 1.4
63Ireland 1.4
63Madagascar 1.4
64Dominican Republic 1.3
64Namibia 1.3
65Honduras 1.2
65Hong Kong 1.2
65Trinidad and Tobago 1.2
66Suriname 1.1
67Bolivia 1.0
67Gabon 1.0
67Peru 1.0
68Botswana 0.9
68Korea, (South) Republic of 0.9
68Panama 0.9
69Belize 0.7
69Burundi 0.7
69Cape Verde 0.7
69El Salvador 0.7
69Guyana 0.7
69Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 0.7
69Lesotho 0.7
69Luxembourg 0.7
69Macau 0.7
69Malta 0.7
69Senegal 0.7
69Taiwan 0.7
69Togo 0.7
69Zambia 0.7
70Swaziland 0.6
71Portugal 0.3
72Benin 0.2
73Ecuador 0.0
73Uruguay 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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