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Religiosity and Standard of Living

More religiosity in a country equals less standard of living.

That’s what this Gallup study indicates. During 3 years 1,000 adults were interviewed of each of the 143 countries elected for the analysis. They were asked if religion was an important part of their daily lives.

From al countries, the median proportion of residents who said that religion was an important part of their daily lives is 82%. Egypt, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the three most religious countries according to the study with 100%, 99% and 99% respectively. On the other hand, the 3 least religious countries are Estonia, Sweden and Denmark with 14%, 17% and 18%.

The map below shows the religiosity by country in which the most religious countries are the ones colored in dark green while the least religious are the ones colored in light green.

I would like to highlight that:

  • 8 of the 11 countries in which almost all residents (at least 98%) said that religion is importante in their lives, are the poorest countries in sub-saharan Africa and Asia.
  • The 10 least religious countries in the analysis are some of the countries with the highest living standards in the world including: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Hong Kong and Japan.

Interesting. A study that definitely makes me think.

Here’s the link to the complete study.


This video shows the origin of religions and their expansion in the world.

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