Index of persecution of Christians in countries worldwide 2016

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North Korea 92
Somalia91
Afghanistan89
Pakistan88
Sudan87
Syria86
Iraq86
Iran85
Yemen85
Eritrea82
Libya78
Nigeria78
Maldives76
Saudi Arabia76
India73
Uzbekistan71
Vietnam71
Kenya68
Turkmenistan66
Qatar65
Egypt64
Ethiopia64
Palestinian territories64
Laos64
Brunei 64
Bangladesh63
Jordan 63
Myanmar62
Tunisia61
Bhutan61
Malaysia60
Mali59
Tanzania59
Central African Republic58
Tajikistan58
Algeria58
Turkey57
Kuwait57
China57
Djibouti57
Mexico57
Comoros56
Kazakhstan56
United Arab Emirates55
Sri Lanka55
Indonesia55
Mauritania55
Bahrain54
Oman53
Colombia53
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The statistic shows the index of the persecution of Christians in countries around the world 2016. 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.

Religion

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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