Just 30 per cent of Brits are religious, survey finds

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13th April 2015 14:59 - Museums, Libraries and Archives

A survey of 63,898 people from 6 countries has found that the UK is one of the least religious countries in the world, with just 30 per cent of Just 30 per cent of Brits are religious, survey findspeople identifying themselves as religious.

Of the respondents from the United Kingdom, 53 per cent said that they were not religious and 13 per cent said that they were a convinced atheist. The remaining respondents were unsure how to class themselves.

Some of the most religious countries were Thailand (94 per cent) and Bangladesh, Georgia, Morocco and Armenia, all with 93 per cent identifying themselves as religious.

The least religious country was China, with just 6 per cent of people claiming to be religious. Of the Chinese respondents, 61 per cent said that they were convinced atheists.

Closely following China as the least religious country was Japan, with just 13 per cent of respondents from the country saying that they were religious. Slightly more religious than Japan was Sweden (19 per cent), Czech Republic (23 per cent), the Netherlands (26 per cent) and Hong Kong (26 per cent).

President of Win/Gallup International, Jean-Marc Leger, said of the research: “Religion continues to dominate our everyday lives, and we see that the total number of people who consider themselves to be religious is actually relatively high,” he said.

“Furthermore, with the trend of an increasingly religious youth globally, we can assume that the number of people who consider themselves religious will only continue to increase.”

When looking at the demographics of the respondents, those under 34 were largely more religious than other age brackets. Similarly, those without formal education also were largely more religious than other demographics, although, among all demographics, religious people are still a majority.

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