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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Western Christian

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Protestant (incl. Anglican, Pentecostal) (41.6%)

Religious Adherents, (2015)2

Guyana South America World
Christian (all denominations combined) 64.6% 89.1% 29.9%
 
  • Pentecostal
  • 24.6% 10.5% 2.8%
     
  • Protestant
  • 12.3% 7% 5.6%
     
  • Catholic
  • 6.6% 66.2% 15%
     
  • Anglican
  • 4.7% --- 1.2%
     
  • Orthodox
  • 1.3% 0.2% 3%
     
  • Other and Unknown Christian
  • 15.1% 5.1% 2.3%
    Hindu 23.3% --- 14.5%
    Muslim (all denominations combined) 6.5% 0.3% 22.8%
     
  • Sunni Muslim
  • 5.5% 0.2% 19%
     
  • Shia Muslim
  • 1% --- 3.4%
     
  • Other and Unknown Muslim
  • < 0.1% 0.1% 0.3%
    Ethnoreligionist (incl. Animist, Shamanist) 1.1% 0.5% 2.5%
    Christian Syncretic 1% 1.5% ---
    Buddhist (all denominations combined) 0.2% 0.1% 6.6%
     
  • Mahayana Buddhist
  • 0.2% --- 4.3%
    Chinese Folk Religionist 0.2% --- 4.3%
    Other Religionist 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
    Not Religious (incl. Atheist) 2.7% 6.4% 12%
    Unknown 0.2% 0.3% 4.8%

    Religious Demography3

    The country has an area of 83,000 square miles and a population of 760,000. Data from a 2002 census on religious affiliation indicates that approximately 57 percent of the population is Christian, broken down as follows: 17 percent Pentecostal, 8 percent Roman Catholic, 7 percent Anglican, 5 percent Seventh-day Adventist, and 20 percent other Christian groups. Approximately 28 percent of the population is Hindu, 7 percent is Muslim (mostly Sunni), and 2 percent practice other beliefs, including Rastafarianism and Baha'ism. An estimated 4 percent of the population does not profess any religion. Some religious groups claim higher membership than reflected by the 2002 census.

    The country is ethnically diverse, reflecting East Indian, African, Chinese, and European ancestry, as well as a significant indigenous population. Members of all ethnic groups are well represented in all religious groups, with two exceptions: most Hindus are Indo-Guyanese, and nearly all Rastafarians are Afro-Guyanese.


    Sources

    1.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson the principal investigator of the World Christian Database and the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database.

    2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports the estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. The RCS was created to fulfill the unmet need for a dataset on the religious dimensions of countries of the world, with the state-year as the unit of observation. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivision within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson the principal investigator of the World Christian Database and the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database.

    3.  The U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report is submitted to Congress annually by the Department of State in compliance with Section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. This report supplements the most recent Human Rights Reports by providing additional detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom. It includes individual country chapters on the status of religious freedom worldwide. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. These State Department reports are open source.

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