Social Regulation of Religion (2005)
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The following list ranks regions 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 International Religious Freedom Report, 2005)

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1South-Central Asia 8.1
2Western Asia 7.5
3Northern Africa 6.7
4Eastern Europe 5.7
5South-Eastern Asia 5.6
6The World 3.9
7Western Europe 3.8
8Melanesia 3.7
9Eastern Africa 3.5
10Southern Europe 3.4
11Middle Africa 2.9
12Western Africa 2.7
13Northern America 2.7
14Caribbean 2.6
15Central America 2.4
16Northern Europe 2.3
17South America 2.1
18Australia/New Zealand 1.7
19Southern Africa 1.3
20Eastern Asia 1.1
21Polynesia 1.1
22Micronesia (Region) 1.1


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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