Adherents of All Religions by Eight Continental Areas

LOgottpp.gif (1566bytes) Africa East Asia Europe Latin America Northern America Oceania South Asia Ex U.S.S.R. World % Countries
Christians 282,526,720 81,585,730 412,312,390 402,245,550 232,557,080 21,431,200 132,198,200 104,663,010 1,669,520,440 32,9 254
Roman Catholics 106,487,220 9,503,860 260,457,890 377,753,520 94,274,950 7,557,820 90,524,300 5,283,800 951,843,360 18,8 242
Protestans 74,678,880 35,328,490 73,330,350 14,502,350 93,637,200 7,570,210 29,234,900 9,198,600 337,480,980 6,6 230
Orthodox 25,363,450 87,810 35,861,140 718,760 5,871,470 508,670 3,198,740 90,164,310 161,774,350 3,2 98
Anglicans 23,282,850 341,230 32,696,030 1,228,900 7,262,000 5,236,620 293,010 300 70,340,940 1,4 148
Other Christians 52,714,320 36,324,340 9,966,980 8,042,020 31,511,460 557,880 8,947,810 16,000 148,080,810 2,9 110
Muslims 253,153,340 23,446,260 8,760,660 664,820 2,689,480 98,480 559,621,790 32,120,380 880,555,210 17,4 172
Nonreligious 1,556,150 664,128,370 53,058,980 13,772,620 22,785,380 2,909,630 22,916,140 85,682,390 866,759,660 17,1 220
Hindus 1,424,610 10,460 594,460 683,660 855,800 305,920 659,619,440 1,100 663,495,450 13,1 88
Buddhists 11,750 154,432,950 222,400 483,020 186,560 15,120 156,194,080 290,290 311,836,170 6,1 86
Atheists 245,530 140,189,970 18,452,730 2,687,590 1,116,880 516,080 5,515,660 60,986,970 229,711,410 4,5 130
Chinese folk religionists 8,750 164,156,970 47,650 51,540 103,840 12,830 7,896,520 100 172,278,230 3,4 56
New-Religionists 13,920 43,145,100 34,530 382,170 1,126,150 7,290 67,202,200 200 111,911,560 2,2 25
Tribal religionists 66,268,630 687,230 150 1,151,840 54,790 77,270 23,800,660 0 92,040,570 1,8 98
Jews 237,610 1,650 1,447,140 1,003,770 8,117,900 86,460 4,206,190 3,068,620 18,169,340 0,3 125
Sikhs 22,890 920 217,760 6,050 150,340 6,670 16,782,710 50 17,187,390 0,3 20
Shamanists 900 12,171,470 500 300 110 110 8,000 200,250 12,381,640 0,2 10
Confucians 450 6,164,410 1,010 500 18,980 110 2,500 200 6,188,160 0,1 3
Baha'is 1,210,650 52,600 73,910 596,540 319,540 61,460 2,371,740 5,100 4,691,890 0,1 205
Jains 45,020 570 9,930 2,020 1,960 820 3,495,350 20 3,555,690 0,1 10
Shintoists 50 3,376,040 330 610 1,290 410 200 100 3,379,030 0,1 3
Other religionists 66,600 65,500 323,860 6,812,590 674,950 26,730 244,250 7,000 8,221,480 0,2 170
Total Population 606,793,600 1,293,616,200 495,558,390 430,495,190 270,761,380 25,556,590 1,622,076,190 287,025,780 5,071,883,320 100 254
Notes:
Continents. UN demographic practice divides the world into eight continental areas as show above.
Countries. The last column enumerates sovereing and nonsovereing countries in wich each religion has a significant following.
Rows. The list of religions is arranged by descending order of magnitude of global adherents.
Adherents. As defined and enumerated for each of the World Christian Encyclopedia.
Christians. Followers of Jesus Christ affiliated to churches (church members, including children), plus persons professing in censuses or polls though not so affiliated.
Other Christians. Catholics (non-Roman), marginal Protestants, crypto-Chriptians, and adherents of African, Asian, Black, and Latin-American indigenous churches.
Muslims. 83% Sunnite, 16% Shi'ites, 1% other schools
Nonreligious. Persons professing no religion, nonbelivers, agnostics, freethinkers, dereligionized secularists indifferent to a religion.
Hindus. 70% Vaishnavites, 25%Shaivites, 2% neo-Hindus.
Buddhists. 56%Mahayana, 38% Theravada, 6& Tantrism.
Atheists. Persons professing atheism, skepticism, disbelief, or irreligion, including antireligious.
Chinese folk religionists. Followers of traditional Chinese religion.
New-Religionists. Followers of Asiatic 20th-century New Religions, all founded since 1880 and mostly since 1945.
Jews. 84% Ashkenazim, 10% Orientals, 4% Sephardim.
Confucians. Non-Chinese followers of Confucianism.

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