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Overview of religious communities in Switzerland

July 2011 saw the publication of the final report arising from the survey conducted under National Research Programme 58: "Religions, the State and Society", which provides an overview of religious communities in Switzerland (their characteristics, activities and development): Jörg Stolz, Mark Chaves, Christophe Monnot, Laurent Amiotte-Suchet, Die religiösen Gemeinschaften in der Schweiz: Eingenschaften, Aktivitäten, Entwicklung, Université de Lausanne, ISSRC, 2011.

This report provides the following figures :

Religion Figure %
Roman Catholics 1750 30.5 %
Free Evangelical Churches 1423 24.8%
Reformed 1094 19.1 %
Other Christian groups 399 7.0 %
Muslims 315 5.5 %
Hindus 189 3.3 %
Buddhists 142 2.5 %
Orthodoxs 58 1.0 %
Catholics 35 0.6 %
Jews 33 0.6 %
Other religious groups 296 5.2 %
Total 5734 100.0 %

Further information : Xavier Pilloud, Célia Francillon, La religiosité des chrétiens en Suisse et l’importance des Eglises dans la société actuelle, Report of the PNR 58, 2011.

D 8 October 2012   

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