Government Regulation of Religion (2005)
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The following list ranks nations 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. Only nations of 200,000+ population included. (Coded from the International Religious Freedom Report, 2005)

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1South-Central Asia 8.0
2Northern Africa 7.1
3Western Asia 6.9
4South-Eastern Asia 6.3
5Eastern Europe 4.7
6Eastern Asia 3.6
7Eastern Africa 3.4
8The World 3.3
9Middle Africa 2.0
10Southern Europe 2.0
11Western Europe 1.9
12Northern Europe 1.8
13Micronesia (Region) 1.7
14Western Africa 1.5
15Caribbean 1.1
16Central America 1.0
17Northern America 0.8
18South America 0.8
19Polynesia 0.7
20Southern Africa 0.4
21Australia/New Zealand 0.4
22Melanesia 0.3


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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