Index of persecution of Christians in countries worldwide 2016

The statistic shows the index of the persecution of Christians in countries around the world 2016. In period under review, North Korea was the country with the strongest suppression of Christians with an index value of about 92.

The index ranges from 0 (complete freedom) to 100 (total suppression). The survey for the World Watch List included various aspects of religious freedom: the legal and official status of Christians, the actual situation of Christians living in the country, regulations from the state as well as factors that can undermine the freedom of religion in a country.

According to a 2010 Pew study on the share of the Christian population in selected countries, 79.5 percent of the U.S. Americans were of Christian confession, making Christianity the most popular religion in the United States. The religious affiliation of the population in the United States in 2012 shows that 32 percent of the U.S. population aged 18-29 were unaffiliated with any religious belief, while only 9 percent of the population aged 65 and older stated they are unaffiliated with any religious belief.
For 77 percent of the respondents in the United States, religion is very important or somewhat important, due to the Pew data in 2011. The importance of religion in Germany was lower than in the United States, 52 percent of the participants in Germany stated that religion is not too important or not at all important.

India is characterized as a country with a large diversity in religious belief. It is the birthplace of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. The statistic, which was conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency in 2001, shows that 80.5 percent of the total Indian population were Hindu. Muslims made 13.4 percent of the total population and only 2.3 percent were Christian.

Americas view on religious diversity, such as in India, was surveyed by Vanity Fair and CBS in 2011. 49 percent of the Evangelical Americans stated that the world would be a better place if everyone was Christian, while 13 percent of the Evangelical Americans said that the world would be a better place with one global religion.

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 Index points
North Korea 92
Iraq 90
Eritrea 89
Afghanistan 88
Syria 87
Pakistan 87
Somalia 87
Sudan 84
Iran 83
Libya 79
Yemen 78
Nigeria 78
Maldives 76
Saudi Arabia 76
Uzbekistan 70
Kenya 68
India 68
Ethiopia 67
Turkmenistan 66
Vietnam 66
Qatar 65
Egypt 64
Myanmar (Burma) 62
Palestinian territories 62
Brunei 61
Central African Republic 59
Jordan 59
Djibouti 58
Laos 58
Malaysia 58
Tajikistan 58
Tunisia 58
China 57
Azerbaijan 57
Bangladesh 57
Tanzania 57
Algeria 56
Bhutan 56
Comoros 56
Mexico 56
Kuwait 56
Kazakhstan 55
Indonesia 55
Mali 55
Turkey 55
​​Colombia 55
United Arab Emirates 55
Bahrain 54
Niger 53
Oman 53
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