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Données sociologiques et juridiques sur la religion en Europe et au-delà

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Aperçu général

Europe can be characterized by its geographical dimension as a continent of 50 countries covering an area of over 10 million km2 which Eastern limits remain imprecise. It has 742 million inhabitants in 2013 (Source : Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat).

Europe can also be seen in institutional and political terms through the two main European organizations :
- The Council of Europe is the oldest intergovernmental organization in Europe. Dedicated to the defense of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, it has 47 member countries representing almost 820 million Europeans.
- 28 of these members are also members of the European Union, an economic and political association which covers over 4 million km2 and has 507 million inhabitants. The European Union has 24 official languages and 3 alphabets.

According to the 2008 European Values Study, Catholicism is the religion most represented in the enlarged Europe, followed by Orthodoxy, Islam and Protestantism. However, levels of religiosity vary greatly depending on countries, confessions and generations.

14 février 2014