Government Regulation of Religion (2005)
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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, 2005)

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RankingNationRate
1Maldives 10.0
1Saudi Arabia 10.0
1Turkmenistan 10.0
2Brunei 9.4
2Qatar 9.4
3Belarus 9.2
3Iran 9.2
3Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 9.2
3Pakistan 9.2
3Uzbekistan 9.2
4Bangladesh 8.6
4Bhutan 8.6
4Bulgaria 8.6
4Burma (Myanmar) 8.6
4Comoros 8.6
4Egypt 8.6
4Eritrea 8.6
4Jordan 8.6
4Laos 8.6
4Malaysia 8.6
4Sri Lanka 8.6
4Sudan 8.6
5Kuwait 8.1
6Azerbaijan 7.8
6Bahrain 7.8
6China 7.8
6Cuba 7.8
6Greece 7.8
6Kyrgyzstan 7.8
6Libya 7.8
6Mauritania 7.8
6Romania 7.8
6Singapore 7.8
6Somalia 7.8
6Vietnam 7.8
7Armenia 7.2
7India 7.2
7Kazakhstan 7.2
8Algeria 6.9
8Indonesia 6.9
8Lebanon 6.9
8Morocco 6.9
8Russia 6.9
8Syria 6.9
8Turkey 6.9
8Western Sahara 6.9
9Chad 6.4
9Djibouti 6.4
9Georgia 6.4
9Iraq 6.4
9Nigeria 6.4
10Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.1
10Nepal 6.1
10United Arab Emirates 6.1
10Yemen 6.1
11Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) 5.6
11Moldova 5.6
11Mongolia 5.6
11Oman 5.6
11Tajikistan 5.6
12Afghanistan 5.3
12Central African Republic 5.3
12Israel 5.3
12Tanzania 5.3
13Latvia 4.7
13Macedonia 4.7
13Thailand 4.7
13Uganda 4.7
13Ukraine 4.7
14Rwanda 4.4
15Ethiopia 3.9
15Tunisia 3.9
16Belgium 3.1
16Cambodia 3.1
16Cote d'Ivoire 3.1
16Equatorial Guinea 3.1
16France 3.1
16Lithuania 3.1
16Mexico 3.1
16Timor-Leste 3.1
17Colombia 2.2
17Cyprus 2.2
17Germany 2.2
17Guinea 2.2
17Iceland 2.2
17Kenya 2.2
17Liberia 2.2
17Peru 2.2
17Slovakia 2.2
17Swaziland 2.2
17United Kingdom 2.2
17Venezuela 2.2
17Zimbabwe 2.2
18El Salvador 1.7
18Finland 1.7
18Guinea-Bissau 1.7
18Mozambique 1.7
19Argentina 1.4
19Austria 1.4
19Bahamas, The 1.4
19Chile 1.4
19Congo, Democratic Republic of the 1.4
19Croatia 1.4
19Denmark 1.4
19Hungary 1.4
19Italy 1.4
19Korea, (South) Republic of 1.4
19Madagascar 1.4
19Norway 1.4
19Slovenia 1.4
20Angola 0.8
20Australia 0.8
20Canada 0.8
20Dominican Republic 0.8
20Guatemala 0.8
20Honduras 0.8
20Hong Kong 0.8
20Macau 0.8
20Mauritius 0.8
20Nicaragua 0.8
20Panama 0.8
20Sierra Leone 0.8
20Solomon Islands 0.8
20Sweden 0.8
20Trinidad and Tobago 0.8
21Albania 0.6
21Cameroon 0.6
21Czech Republic 0.6
21Gabon 0.6
21Luxembourg 0.6
21Philippines 0.6
21Switzerland 0.6
21Vanuatu 0.6
22Barbados 0.0
22Belize 0.0
22Benin 0.0
22Bolivia 0.0
22Botswana 0.0
22Brazil 0.0
22Burkina Faso 0.0
22Burundi 0.0
22Cape Verde 0.0
22Congo, Republic of the 0.0
22Costa Rica 0.0
22Ecuador 0.0
22Estonia 0.0
22Fiji 0.0
22Gambia, The 0.0
22Ghana 0.0
22Guyana 0.0
22Haiti 0.0
22Ireland 0.0
22Jamaica 0.0
22Japan 0.0
22Lesotho 0.0
22Malawi 0.0
22Mali 0.0
22Malta 0.0
22Namibia 0.0
22Netherlands 0.0
22New Zealand 0.0
22Niger 0.0
22Papua New Guinea 0.0
22Paraguay 0.0
22Poland 0.0
22Portugal 0.0
22Senegal 0.0
22South Africa 0.0
22Spain 0.0
22Suriname 0.0
22Taiwan 0.0
22Togo 0.0
22Uruguay 0.0
22Zambia 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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