Only 9% of the country considers itself religious, while 67% claims to be atheist - more than twice the amount of any other country. [15] According to the 2012 WIN/Gallup International Survey, the number of atheists is on the rise across the world, with religiosity generally declining. "[58][59], A SRGB (SRG Bangladesh Limited) survey, commissioned by WIN-Gallup International, conducted from 5 November 2014, to 25 November 2014, found that 0.4% of Bangladesh were "convinced atheists. "[58][59], A Red C Research and Marketing survey, commissioned by WIN-Gallup International, conducted from 20 October 2014 to 27 October 2014, found that 10% of Ireland were "convinced atheists. "[58][59], A Topline Research Solutions (TRS) survey, commissioned by WIN-Gallup International, conducted from 24 December 2012, to 2 December 2012, found that 4% of South Africa were "convinced atheists. "[58][59], A NRC (Nippon Research Center) survey, commissioned by WIN-Gallup International, conducted from 31 October 2014 to 12 November 2014, found that 32% of Japan were "convinced atheists. (2004) found that 13% of those in Singapore do not believe in God. [11][12] Western atheism has its roots in pre-Socratic Greek philosophy, but did not emerge as a distinct world-view until the late Enlightenment. In the United States, approximately 10% of Americans identify as atheists. As a percentage of the World Total, the Christian Population increased from 22.7% to 32.4%, with a projected figure of 33.8% for 2025. This is the highest population of atheists in the world. Another Asian country, Japan, ranks second with 46% of its population (58,342,720 people) who publicly identify themselves as being atheists. Accurate demographics of atheism are difficult to obtain since conceptions of atheism vary across different cultures and languages from being an active concept to being unimportant or not developed. Countries and territories with the greatest proportion of Christians from Christianity by country (as of 2010 ): "[58][59], A Colmar Brunton survey, commissioned by WIN-Gallup International, conducted from 4 November 2014, to 11 November 2014 found that 13% of Australia were "convinced atheists. According to PEW, roughly 76% of the world’s non-religious population lives in Asia and the Pacific. Of the developed nations, people in the United States were "most sure" of the existence of God or a higher power (2% atheist, 4% agnostic), while France had the most skeptics (19% atheist, 16% agnostic). [5] Other estimates state that there are 200 million to 240 million self-identified atheists worldwide, with China and Russia being major contributors to those figures. Furthermore, atheists may not report themselves as such, to avoid suffering from social stigma, discrimination, and persecution in some countries. [18][19] According to the CIA World Factbook, non-religious people make up 9.66%, while one fifth of them are atheists. However, the given numbers do not necessarily constitute the exact number of people who claim to be non-believers in God. The literal definition of “atheist” is “a person who does not believe in the existence of a god or any … In Estonia and Latvia, 20% "[55], A Emrhod International survey, commissioned by WIN-Gallup International, conducted from 24 November 2012, to 2 December 2012, found that 0% of Tunisia were "convinced atheists. Atheism’s annual growth (.04 percent) is less than that of the population, and the number of atheists worldwide is projected to decline to 132 million in 2025. Now, the number of religious people is increasing. (2004), less than 1% of those in Jordan do not believe in God. The accuracy of any method of estimation is debatable, as there are opportunities to misreport (intentionally or not) a category of people without an organizational structure. The Czech Republic where 72% of the people surveyed said to be atheist or non-religious. Millennials and Gen Z are the most racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse generation in the US. China is the world’s least religious country, according to a survey by WIN/Gallup International. Averaging across the two measures of atheism, the entire world population would cross the atheist threshold by about 2038 (average of 2035 for disbelief and 2041 for religiosity). Around the world: The nation with the largest population of atheists in the world is China. [41], Though atheists are in the minority in most countries, they are relatively common in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, East Asia and present communist states. * Numbers are estimated and other researches showed lower figures, The six countries in the world with the most 'convinced atheists'. Adherents of folk religions, Jews and members of other religions make up smaller shares of … (2001), 7% of Cuba were atheist. Additionally, many of these surveys only gauge the number of irreligious people, not the number of actual atheists, or group the two together. [71], According to Statistics Netherlands in September 2018, 51% of the Dutch population is irreligious. According to the 2008 ARIS, only 2% the US population was atheist, while 10% were agnostics. Atheism is an absence of belief in the existence of deities. "[58][59], A Pew Research Center poll, conducted from June 2015 to July 2016, found that 9% of Estonian population were atheists, while 45% stated that they "Do not believe in God". By comparison, there were 138 million atheists around the world in mid-2019 – slightly more than the 137 million in 2000 but less than the 165 million in 1970. These states are in stark contrast in their belief patterns to the least religious states, wherein the top position goes to Vermont with around 56 percent of its population being registered under the … A study on leading scientists in the US, with clearer wording and allowing for a broader concept of "god", concluded that 40% of prominent scientists believe in god. Secular group members tended to be less agreeable (e.g. (Global, in this case, refers to the 65 countries from which they were able to acquire data.) [9] Furthermore, the global study noted that many of the unaffiliated, which include atheists and agnostics, still have various religious beliefs and practices. Twenty-three percent of Americans identified themselves as not at all religious, nearly double the 12 percent reported in 2007. These states are in stark contrast in their belief patterns to the least religious states, wherein the top position goes to Vermont with around 56 percent of its population being registered under the … The only way to identify a person's religion is through polling, and polls have a few notorious weaknesses.First, the questions asked and the way in which religion is presented may have a significant effect on the answers received. This page was last edited on 11 December 2020, at 05:05. Terminology. Q Is atheism the worlds largest religion? China has the highest percentage of atheists in the world with 67% not believing in religion. (AP) (CNSNews.com) – Atheism is in decline worldwide, with the number of atheists falling from 4.5% of the world’s population in 1970 to 2.0% in 2010 and projected to drop to 1.8% by 2020, according to a new report by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. [69], A Taloustutkimus Oy survey, commissioned by WIN-Gallup International, conducted from 19 October 2014 to 7 November 2014, found that 10% of Finland were "convinced atheists. Questions to assess non-belief may ask about negation of the prevailing belief, rather than an assertion of positive atheism. Although 2038 may seem improbably fast, this requires only a shift of approximately 1 percent per year whether in religiosity or belief in God. While there is a trend in fewer people believing in God around the world, only a few countries have more than 20% of citizens who are atheists. The Census 2011 data puts India's population at 1.2 billion. [3] According to sociologists Ariela Keysar and Juhem Navarro-Rivera's review of numerous global studies on atheism, there are 450 to 500 million positive atheists and agnostics worldwide (7% of the world's population), with China having the most atheists in the world (200 million convinced atheists)[6], Of the global atheist and non-religious population, 76% reside in Asia and the Pacific, while the remainder reside in Europe (12%), North America (5%), Latin America and the Caribbean (4%), sub-Saharan Africa (2%) and the Middle East and North Africa (less than 1%). [61], A Romir survey, commissioned by WIN-Gallup International, conducted from 23 October 2014 to 30 October 2014, found that 8% of Kazakhstan were "convinced atheists. [29], A study on personality and religiosity found that members of secular organizations (like the international Center for Inquiry) have similar personality profiles to members of religious groups. Two thirds of people still claim to be religious", "The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050", "U.S. belief in God down, belief in theory of evolution up", "Do Scientists Really Reject God? Maharashtra tops the list with 9,652 atheists, followed by Meghalaya (9,089) and Kerala (4,896). [70], A Österreichisches Gallup Institute survey, commissioned by WIN-Gallup International, conducted on November, 2014, found that 13% of Austria were "convinced atheists. It describes the size, age structure, and characteristics, such as gender, marital status, and educational levels, of both atheists and agnostics in various countries around the world. "[26], A study on global religiosity, secularity, and well-being notes that it is unlikely that most atheists and agnostics base their decision to not believe in the gods on a careful, rational analysis of philosophical and scientific arguments since science testing scores in societies where atheism or theism is widespread, are just as poor and such societies have widespread supernatural beliefs besides gods. [15], Though China has state atheism, 85% of the population practice various kinds of religious behaviors with some regularity. The highest number of Christians in Europe … Where deity-based religion is historically less influential than it is in western-european countries. See also: Atheism and diversity and Asian atheism and Atheism and white males As far as the issue of diversity within the atheist population, compared to Christianity, atheism has a significantly less degree of geographic/cultural, racial, gender and personal wealth diversity (see: Atheism and diversity). [45], A 2010 Pew Research global study found that 16 percent of the global population to be unaffiliated with a religion, however, Pew notes that "more than three-quarters of the religiously unaffiliated live in Asia, the majority in China. [69], A Capacent Gallup survey, commissioned by WIN-Gallup International, conducted from 29 October 2014 to 12 November 2014, found that 14% of Iceland were "convinced atheists. Diversity was observed in that "across the entire sample, almost 30% of all atheists surveyed said they sometimes prayed. Misunderstanding of the term may also be a reason some label themselves differently. "[21] In many cultures, little conceptual or practical distinction is made between “natural” and “supernatural” phenomena and the very notions of "religious" and "nonreligious" dissolve into unimportance, especially since people have beliefs in other supernatural or spiritual things irrespective of belief in gods. (2001), 9% of those in Mongolia are atheist. It helps in sharpening the issues related to the nearness and life. “Nones”are 20% of the world population and growing. "[58][59], A Pew Research Center poll, conducted from June 2015 to July 2016, found that 2% of Belarus were atheists, while 9% stated that they "Do not believe in God". However, there are millions of known Atheists around the world. Percentage of The World's Population Who Are Atheists - Statistics and Trends It’s reasonable to suppose that there is a gray area between these two groups with some non … [28] In terms of apostasy, a greater proportion of people who leave religion, do so for motivational rather than rational reasons and the majority of deconversions occur in adolescence and young adulthood when one is emotionally volatile. The world's most populous country is also the globe's least religious. (**) Identified as "don't know/refused" from the "other/idk/ref" column are excluded from this statistic. [47], In terms of the United States, a 2012 Pew report showed that 32% of people under 30, 21% of people between the ages of 30-49, 15% of people between the ages of 50-64 and 9% of people over the age of 65 could be characterized as religiously unaffiliated. They are included in the “other” [69], A ORB International survey, commissioned by WIN-Gallup International, conducted from 19 November 2014 to 28 November 2014, found that 13% of the United Kingdom were "convinced atheists. and 19%, respectively, identify as Lutherans. Many of the people in this group do hold some religious or spiritual beliefs and may even believe in a deity, but they do not identify with a particular faith. [69], A Pew Research Center poll, conducted from June 2015 to July 2016, found that 4% of Croatia were atheists, while 10% stated that they "Do not believe in God". And in Lithuania, 14% say they are “just a "[22], A 2004 survey by the BBC in 10 countries showed the proportion of the population "who don't believe in God" to be close to 17% in the countries surveyed; however, 8% of the respondents specifically stated that they consider themselves to be "atheists". Bourget, David & Chalmers, David J. Now, the number of religious people is increasing. Confucianism, which is one of China’s oldest philosophical systems, is notable for its lack of a belief in a deity. There are several denominations within the Christian beliefs where Catholicism, Protestantism, and Orthodox are the three main branches. While there is a trend in fewer people believing in God around the world, only a few countries have more than 20% of citizens who are atheists. (***) Figures may not add to subtotals due to rounding. This essay describes the demography of the nonbelieving population: atheists and agnostics (negative atheists). It’s reasonable to suppose that there is a gray area between these two groups with some non-religious people claiming to be atheists … [2] For instance, in the Netherlands some people with lack of beliefs in gods do have a variety of beliefs in other supernatural entities or things.[22]. A perhaps surprise third contender for least religious countries in the world, the … A new survey just released by WIN Gallup International (no relation to Gallup, Inc.) says that 63% of people around the world are religious, while those who are “a convinced atheist” make up 11% of the global population. It is difficult to determine actual atheist numbers. Followers: 30 Million Followers Total population: 0.4 PercentThis is a popular religion which is mainly found in the states of Punjab and the founder of it was Guru Nanak who founded it and this religion was found in the 15th century and this is a monotheistic religion that has expensive number of followers all around the planet and has spread it on all the age of the world. By comparison, about 12% of the rest live in Europe, and another 9% combined live in North and South America. On the religion question, South Korea had the greatest percentage without a religion (41%) while Italy had the smallest (5%). There are 1.8 billion Muslims in the world There are 1.08 billion Hindus in the world There are 0.5 billion atheists in the world. [65], A Pew Research Center poll, conducted from June 2015 to July 2016, found that 1% of Moldova were atheists, while 3% stated that they "Do not believe in God". Asia: Nearly 400 million Christian live in Asia (5 regions). 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