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Religious affiliations in Europe according to the 2008 EVS Survey

Do you belong to a religious denomination? (% of valid answers) Yes 76. 4 No 23.6 Total 100.0
Led in 2008 in 47 countries*, the survey on European values reveals that more than 3/4 of (...)

Do you belong to a religious denomination? (% of valid answers)

Yes 76. 4
No 23.6
Total 100.0

Led in 2008 in 47 countries*, the survey on European values reveals that more than 3/4 of them still identify in a religion, even though this may represent very different commitments and practices in each country

Which religious denomination do you belong to? (% of valid answers)

Roman catholic 36.7
Protestant 14.5
Free church/non-conformist/Evangelical 0.6
Jew 0.2
Muslim 15.0
Hindu 0.1
Buddhist 0.1
Orthodox 30.6
other 2.3
Total 100.0

The 2008 European Values Study (EVS) was conducted in 47 European countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Montenegro, Netherlands, Northern Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Republic of Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine.

See Bréchon Pierre, "La religiosité des européens : diversité et tendances communes", Politique européenne 2008, 24-1, p. 21-41.

D 5 February 2014    AFrançoise Curtit

Religiosity in Europe, 2014

According to the Gallup international study 2014, question "Are you a religious person": A religious person Not a religious person A convinced atheist Do not know / no response Poland 86% (...)

According to the Gallup international study 2014, question "Are you a religious person":

A religious person Not a religious person A convinced atheist Do not know / no response
Poland 86% 10% 2% 2%
Turkey 79% 13% 2% 6%
Romania 77% 16% 1% 6%
Italy 74% 18% 6% 3%
Greece 71% 15% 6% 8%
Russia 70% 18% 5% 8%
Portugal 60% 28% 9% 2%
Bulgaria 52% 36% 3% 8%
Ireland 45% 41% 10% 5%
Belgium 44% 30% 18% 7%
Denmark 42% 40% 12% 7%
France 40% 35% 18% 7%
Latvia 40% 41% 9% 10%
Austria 39% 44% 10% 6%
Switzerland 38% 46% 12% 4%
Spain 37% 35% 20% 8%
Germany 34% 42% 17% 7%
UK 30% 53% 13% 4%
Netherlands 26% 51% 15% 8%
Czech Republic 23% 45% 30% 2%
Sweden 19% 59% 17% 6%

Source: WIN/Gallup International and ORB International, 2014.

See also the Swiss Metadatabase of Religious Affiliation in Europe (SMRE) which aims at providing detailed statistics and consolidated "best data" on religious affiliation for European countries and regions including the EU.

D 3 April 2017    AAnne-Laure Zwilling

Europe’s young adults and religion (2014-2016)

A report from the collaboration between the Catholic Institute of Paris and St Mary’s University in London analyses data from the two most recent waves (2014 and 2016) of the European Social (...)

A report from the collaboration between the Catholic Institute of Paris and St Mary’s University in London analyses data from the two most recent waves (2014 and 2016) of the European Social Survey, exploring religious affiliation and practice of 16-29 year-olds in 21 European countries and Israel.
In 12 out of the 22 twenty-two countries, over half of young adults claim not to identify with any particular religion or denomination. In only four countries do more than one-in-ten 16-29 year-olds claim to attend religious services on at least a weekly basis.
A focus is on young people identifying themselves as Catholics on the one hand, and on the comparison between France and the United Kingdom on the other.

See the report (pdf) : Stephen Bullivant, Europe’s Young Adults and Religion, March 2018.

D 24 April 2018   

Databases on religious affiliation

The website of the Swiss Metadatabase of Religious Affiliation in Europe (SMRE) gathers detailed statistics and consolidated "best data" on religious affiliation for European countries and (...)

- The website of the Swiss Metadatabase of Religious Affiliation in Europe (SMRE) gathers detailed statistics and consolidated "best data" on religious affiliation for European countries and regions including the EU. It offers national and comparative maps.

- The website of Pew Research Center offers an interactive map of religious commitment in different European countries.

D 19 November 2018   

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