Government Regulation of Religion (2003)
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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 International Religious Freedom Report, 2003)

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RankingNationRate
1Burma (Myanmar) 10.0
1Maldives 10.0
1Saudi Arabia 10.0
2Brunei 9.4
2Laos 9.4
3China 9.2
4Azerbaijan 8.6
4Comoros 8.6
4Eritrea 8.6
4Pakistan 8.6
4Sudan 8.6
4Uzbekistan 8.6
5Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 8.3
6Afghanistan 7.8
6Armenia 7.8
6Egypt 7.8
6Iran 7.8
6Iraq 7.8
6Jordan 7.8
6Kuwait 7.8
6Vietnam 7.8
7Singapore 7.2
8Algeria 6.9
8Bahrain 6.9
8Bhutan 6.9
8Georgia 6.9
8Mauritania 6.9
8Oman 6.9
8Qatar 6.9
8Turkmenistan 6.9
9Bangladesh 6.4
9Kazakhstan 6.4
9Malaysia 6.4
9Nigeria 6.4
9Ukraine 6.4
10Belarus 6.1
10Bulgaria 6.1
10Cuba 6.1
10Cyprus 6.1
10Greece 6.1
10Indonesia 6.1
10Libya 6.1
10Nepal 6.1
10Somalia 6.1
10Tunisia 6.1
10Yemen 6.1
11Chad 5.6
11Djibouti 5.6
11India 5.6
11Mongolia 5.6
11Tanzania 5.6
11Western Sahara 5.6
12Central African Republic 5.3
12Congo, Democratic Republic of the 5.3
12Equatorial Guinea 5.3
12United Arab Emirates 5.3
13Colombia 4.7
13Ethiopia 4.7
13Kyrgyzstan 4.7
13Lebanon 4.7
13Macedonia 4.7
13Morocco 4.7
13Romania 4.7
13Russia 4.7
13Rwanda 4.7
13Syria 4.7
13Tajikistan 4.7
13Zimbabwe 4.7
14Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.4
14Cote d'Ivoire 4.4
14Niger 4.4
15New Caledonia 4.2
16Cameroon 3.9
16France 3.9
16Guinea 3.9
16Kenya 3.9
16Latvia 3.9
16Liberia 3.9
16Turkey 3.9
16Uganda 3.9
17Thailand 3.3
18Argentina 3.1
18Jamaica 3.1
18Japan 3.1
18Mexico 3.1
18Moldova 3.1
18Peru 3.1
19Sri Lanka 2.5
20Germany 2.2
20Ghana 2.2
20Israel 2.2
20Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) 2.2
20Italy 2.2
20Lithuania 2.2
20Panama 2.2
20Swaziland 2.2
21Gabon 1.7
21Spain 1.7
22Chile 1.4
22Croatia 1.4
22Fiji 1.4
22Guatemala 1.4
22Hungary 1.4
22Slovakia 1.4
22Slovenia 1.4
22Vanuatu 1.4
23Belgium 0.8
23Botswana 0.8
23Brazil 0.8
23Denmark 0.8
23El Salvador 0.8
23Finland 0.8
23Guyana 0.8
23Hong Kong 0.8
23Madagascar 0.8
23Mauritius 0.8
23Mozambique 0.8
23Norway 0.8
23Philippines 0.8
23Solomon Islands 0.8
23Togo 0.8
23Trinidad and Tobago 0.8
24Angola 0.6
24Australia 0.6
24Austria 0.6
24Iceland 0.6
24Timor-Leste 0.6
24Zambia 0.6
25Albania 0.0
25Bahamas, The 0.0
25Barbados 0.0
25Belize 0.0
25Benin 0.0
25Bolivia 0.0
25Burkina Faso 0.0
25Burundi 0.0
25Cambodia 0.0
25Canada 0.0
25Cape Verde 0.0
25Congo, Republic of the 0.0
25Costa Rica 0.0
25Czech Republic 0.0
25Dominican Republic 0.0
25Ecuador 0.0
25Estonia 0.0
25French Guiana 0.0
25French Polynesia 0.0
25Gambia, The 0.0
25Guadeloupe 0.0
25Guinea-Bissau 0.0
25Haiti 0.0
25Honduras 0.0
25Ireland 0.0
25Korea, (South) Republic of 0.0
25Lesotho 0.0
25Luxembourg 0.0
25Macau 0.0
25Malawi 0.0
25Mali 0.0
25Malta 0.0
25Martinique 0.0
25Namibia 0.0
25Netherlands 0.0
25New Zealand 0.0
25Nicaragua 0.0
25Papua New Guinea 0.0
25Paraguay 0.0
25Poland 0.0
25Portugal 0.0
25Puerto Rico 0.0
25Reunion 0.0
25Senegal 0.0
25Sierra Leone 0.0
25South Africa 0.0
25Suriname 0.0
25Sweden 0.0
25Switzerland 0.0
25Taiwan 0.0
25United Kingdom 0.0
25Uruguay 0.0
25Venezuela 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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