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The last field census of population which gathered information on ethnic and religious affiliation was performed in 2002; these results are presented according to reports of the Slovene (...)

The last field census of population which gathered information on ethnic and religious affiliation was performed in 2002; these results are presented according to reports of the Slovene Statistical Office (SORS) in Table 1 below. After 2002, Slovenia has switched to register-based censuses, and there is no official data on ethnic and religious affiliation available since then. The Slovene Public Opinion and Mass Communication Research Centre (SPO) has been performing empirical researches of Slovene society since 1968. Current survey of this institution, conducted on a representative sample of population (N=2000) for 2019, includes indicator of religion; the result is presented in Table 2 below.

Table 1: Population by religion - Census 2002

ReligionPercent
Catholic 57,8
Evangelical (Lutheran) 0,8
Other Protestant 0,1
Orthodox 2,3
Other Christian 0,1
Islam 2,4
Jewish 0,0
Oriental 0,1
Other religion 0,0
Agnostic 0,0
Believer but belongs to no religion 3,5
Unbeliever, atheist 10,1
Did not want to reply 15,7
Unknown 7,1

(Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, Census of population, households and housing 2002)

Table 2: Population by belonging to religion (confession) – SPO 2019 (N=2000)

Belonging to religion (confession)Percent
Catholic 58,9
Islamic 3,4
Orthodox 2,6
Protestant (Lutheran) 1,2
Other Christian 0,2
Buddhist 0,2
Other Asian religion 0,1
Other religion 0,3
Don’t know, no answer 0,8
Don’t belong to any religion (confession) 32,3

(Source: Slovensko javno mnenje [Slovene Public Opinion, SPO] 2019/1, Ljubljana, junij 2019)

D 18 June 2021    AGregor Lesjak

Population by religion, census 1991 and 2002

Religion 1991 2002 TOTAL 1,913,355 1,964,036 Catholics 1,369,873 1,135,626 Evangelical 14,101 14,736 Other Protestant 1,890 1,399 Orthodox 46,320 45,908 Other Christian 2,410 1,877 (...)

Religion 1991 2002
TOTAL 1,913,355 1,964,036
Catholics 1,369,873 1,135,626
Evangelical 14,101 14,736
Other Protestant 1,890 1,399
Orthodox 46,320 45,908
Other Christian 2,410 1,877
Islam 29,361 47,488
Jewish 199 99
Oriental 478 1,026
Other religion 269 558
Agnostic 271
Believer but belongs to no religion 3,929 68,714
Unbeliever, atheist 84,656 199,264
Did not want to reply 81,302 307,973
Unknown 278,567 139,097

D 3 October 2012    ABlaž Ivanc

Population by religion, census 1991 and 2002 (percentage)

Religion 1991 2002 PERCENTAGE 100 100 Catholics 71.6 57.8 Evangelical 0.7 0.8 Other Protestant 0.1 0.1 Orthodox 2.4 2.3 Other Christian 0.1 0.1 Islam 1.5 2.4 Jewish 0.0 0.0 Oriental (...)

Religion 1991 2002
PERCENTAGE 100 100
Catholics 71.6 57.8
Evangelical 0.7 0.8
Other Protestant 0.1 0.1
Orthodox 2.4 2.3
Other Christian 0.1 0.1
Islam 1.5 2.4
Jewish 0.0 0.0
Oriental 0.0 0.1
Other religion 0.0 0.0
Agnostic 0.0
Believer but belongs to no religion 0.2 3.5
Unbeliever, atheist 4.4 10.1
Did not want to reply 4.2 15.7
Unknown 14.6 7.1

Source: Statistical data, no. 92/2003, Statistical office of Slovenia.

D 3 October 2012    ABlaž Ivanc

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