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Incredibly Detailed Map of the World’s Religions

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The incredibly detailed map of the world’s religions above, was created by reddit user scolbert08. To see the full resolution version just click on it.

It shows what the biggest religion is by census area in each country, along with its level of support. For example, in large parts of British Columbia the most common answer on the census is no religion, but the intensity of that feeling varies widely.

Another important thing to note is that while Christianity is divided between Catholicism, Protestantism and Orthodox denominations, Islam is not similarly divided between Sunnis and Shias.

Also, the map likely wildly overstates the religiosity of Scandinavians, since the data is based on state Church records and everyone is assigned to a church at birth. Actual church attendance is much lower than the map would suggest.

Other interesting things to note:

  • The Catholic bit of Antarctica is based on Chilean census data for Villa Las Estrellas
  • Omman’s Hindu population comes from migrant workers who outnumber locals.
  • The Buddhist area in Russia is Kalmykia.

Two things to note about Europe. The formerly communist states of East Germany and Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovakia) are clearly visible on the map as the areas with no religion. Second, despite right-wing fear-mongering, Muslims do not form a majority in any area of Western Europe.

Interestingly, despite Latin American immigration to the United States, the vast majority of its census areas remain protestant majorities. Also, British Columbia is an interesting anomaly being largely non-religious.

While most of Australia is still nominally religious, most of New Zealand is not.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Asia are the random Protestant census areas. These include parts of India, Sarawak in Malaysia and North Sulawesi and West Papuain Indonesia.

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