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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Mixed Catholic, Orthodox, Sunni, Bektashi (Shia)

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Sunni Muslim (65.4%)

Religious Adherents, (2015)2

Albania Southern Europe World
Muslim (all denominations combined) 66.7% 6.7% 22.8%
 
  • Sunni Muslim
  • 65.4% 5.3% 19%
     
  • Shia Muslim
  • 1.3% 0.2% 3.4%
    Christian (all denominations combined) 20.7% 76.2% 29.9%
     
  • Catholic
  • 11.2% 61.4% 15%
     
  • Orthodox
  • 5.5% 12.5% 3%
     
  • Pentecostal
  • 2.3% 1.2% 2.8%
     
  • Protestant
  • 0.3% 0.3% 5.6%
     
  • Other and Unknown Christian
  • 1.5% 0.8% 2.3%
    Bahai 0.3% --- 0.1%
    Not Religious (incl. Atheist) 8.2% 15.8% 12%
    Unknown 4.1% 0.9% 4.8%

    Religious Demography3

    The country has an area of 11,100 square miles and a population of 3.6 million. No reliable data were available on religious participation or membership; the last official census including such data was held in 1939. The majority of citizens do not actively practice a faith; however, the four traditional religious groups are Muslim (Sunni), Bektashi (a particularly liberal form of Shi'a Sufism), Orthodox Christian (the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Albania), and Roman Catholic. In addition, there are substantial numbers of Protestant denominations, Baha'is, Jehovah's Witnesses, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and other religious groups.

    The State Committee on Cults reported a total of 245 religious groups, organizations, and foundations in addition to the four traditional religious groups. This number includes 34 Islamic organizations and 189 Protestant organizations, mostly associated with the Albanian Evangelical Alliance (VUSH).


    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, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

    2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports annual estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivisions 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, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

    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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