Religious restrictions among the world’s most populous countries

June 28, 2016

Levels of religious restrictions and hostilities among the world’s 25 most populous countries — where more than 5 billion of the globe’s roughly 7.5 billion people live — vary tremendously, from some of the lowest in the world (Japan) to among the very highest (Egypt). 

In addition to Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey had some of the highest levels of religious restrictions, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center that uses 2014 data (the most recent year for which data were available). In these countries, both the government and society at large imposed numerous limits on religious beliefs and practices.

For the full article as seen in the Pew Research Center Fact Tank, and to view the full report that shows changes in restrictions in the world’s 25 most populous countries from 2007-2014 click here