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Countries with the Most Christians

Can you name the countries with the largest Christian populations?
% Christian according to Wikipedia
Total population as of 13 November 2022. More info here
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Last updated: November 13, 2022
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Country
%
236 mil
United States
69
194 mil
Brazil
90
114 mil
Mexico
89
101 mil
Nigeria
46
98.8 mil
Philippines
85
93.4 mil
Ethiopia
75
89.7 mil
Russia
62
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Country
%
79.8 mil
D.R. Congo
92
49.0 mil
Italy
83
48.1 mil
South Africa
80
47.8 mil
Colombia
92
46.3 mil
Kenya
85
45.0 mil
Germany
54
43.0 mil
China
3
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Country
%
42.5 mil
Uganda
89
40.4 mil
France
60
40.4 mil
Tanzania
61
40.2 mil
United Kingdom
59
38.8 mil
Poland
94
35.1 mil
Argentina
77
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Level 64
Jun 6, 2016
Nice one!
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Level 75
Jun 6, 2016
100% :)
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Level 83
Jun 8, 2016
The numbers provide yet another insight regarding the enormity of China's population - 41.3 million people, but only 3% of the total population!
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Level 87
Oct 1, 2016
Fair point, I'm more surprised at the absence of India on the same grounds.
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Level 84
Oct 1, 2016
I was also very surprised to not see India. I went to the Wiki page on the subject and saw that they come in at #21.
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Level 22
Nov 3, 2016
Well, a lot of the population is hindu, another part is muslim.
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Level 84
Nov 7, 2017
Even a tiny fraction of 1.4 billion people is a lot.
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Level 69
Jul 17, 2019
I was a little surprised too. The North Eastern states of India have a large Christian population, majority in Manipur and Nagaland. I guess it just goes to show how big the other parts of the country are!
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Level 75
Jan 2, 2020
Me too - Wikipedia reckons 2.3% which works at around 30 million, so just shy
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Level 59
Oct 1, 2016
I wouldn't have guessed China if I hadn't seen those numbers - that could only have been China or India. I would guess the reason India isn't on here is because it's almost entirely Hindu with a fair number of Muslim regions as well (I don't know if Buddhism, Sikhism, or Jainism are still common in India but they used to be).
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Level 61
Oct 15, 2017
You're misusing the word "enormity". Chinese people aren't that bad.
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Level 73
Jul 17, 2019
Never knew that about "enormity". I think we can let Freestatebear off this time since the debate is up in the air a bit but your nitpicking has enlightened me. (For anyone else wanting to be enlightened, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enormity#usage-1).
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Level 86
Jul 17, 2019
It's not a misuse of the word. Enormity can simply mean "the great or extreme scale", which the population of China certainly is. It doesn't necessarily mean anything wicked.
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Level 70
Jul 18, 2019
joeythelemur. Dude! You can’t just cherrypick a dependent clause out of a sentence and decide that’s the entire definition! Reread: “the great or extreme scale, seriousness, or extent of something perceived as bad or morally wrong.” In case you seriously weren’t trying to pull the wool over our eyes and instead just got tired of reading the whole definition so called it a day after the first five words, here is what and only what the definition of enormity you partially quoted is saying it means:

the great or extreme scale of something perceived as bad or morally wrong; or

the seriousness of something perceived as bad or morally wrong; or

the extent of something perceived as bad or morally wrong.

In the future, if you’re going to argue something we can all easily look up, you might want to read your supporting sources past the first five words.

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Level 81
Jul 18, 2019
From Wiktionary:

Enormity as a synonym for enormousness is sometimes considered an error, though other usage guides hold that there is little basis for the distinction. Both words ultimately go back to the same Latin source word ēnōrmis meaning “deviating from the norm, abnormal”.

So the meaning of "enormity" is closer to original than "enormous".

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Level 67
Dec 29, 2019
I think this is one of those curios of language. The dictionary definition of "enormity" means "the extreme scale of something bad." The word definitely, when used correctly, has a very negative connotation. But because it sounds like it should be the nominalization of "enormous," people use it that way, and when a critical mass of people use the same word in the same wrong way, then it becomes an accepted use. This has also happened with "hopefully" (which modifies a verb -- "Hopefully it will snow" technically describes snow falling in hopeful manner) and "momentarily" (which also modifies a verb -- "I'll be with you momentarily" technically means "I'll be with you *for* a moment," not *in* a moment. "Nonplussed" is the next domino to fall. It means "surprised and confused about how to react," but many people think it means "unimpressed," so...it also kind of means that now. Everyone is wrong until so many of them are wrong that they become right.
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Level 52
Mar 27, 2020
For anyone wanting to know more about The Great Enormity Debate, check out Dreyer's English (by the chief copyeditor of Random House). Generally speaking, nitpicking somebody based on a dictionary's overly specific (and often behind-the-times) definition is a pointless act. Enormity used to just mean greatness in a bad sense, perhaps, but it's long been used differently. And usage essentially determines definition.
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Level 71
Nov 14, 2022
Only on JetPunk will you find chains of people with paragraph-long comments on the nitty-gritty semantics of "enormity" on a quiz that has absolutely nothing to do with the word.
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Level 65
Nov 16, 2022
Never knew there was a normative component to the definition of enormity; I think jmellor sums this up best, though I'm much more intrigued by formal evolution of language (e.g., the formal misuse of 'enormity' as non-normative to the point of it becoming an accepted alternate use) than informal evolution (e.g., 'literally' now being widely, informally used to mean strongly/strong feelings with no regard to literal versus figurative manner).
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Level 68
Dec 13, 2022
Of course usage determines definition, but when you use a word with more than one commonly-used definition, it's the responsibility of the speaker to disambiguate. That's what makes a usage wrong, even with a descriptivist approach.

If I say "I literally cut my own head off," and I still have a head, I don't need to otherwise make it clear that I did not literally cut my own head off, but that I'm using literally as a synonym for its traditional antonym. Likewise, if I praise a painting for its masterful brush strokes, I'm clearly not indicating that the brush strokes were applied in a domineering manner, because that wouldn't make sense--how could I?

But when describing the population of China as an enormity, I could only be saying that it's enormous, or I could be saying that it is out of control--an evil. I'd grade it wrong on a test, because if the point of language is to communicate, the speaker has failed to do so, due to an error of usage.

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Level 68
Dec 14, 2022
You're all clearly smart enough to suss out the intended meaning. Give it a rest.
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Level 82
Jul 18, 2019
Many estimates believe China to be at far higher rates, with some even going as high as 100 million. Also, many famous Chinese figures, like Yao Ming, Sun Yat-Sun, Emperors Hongwu and Kangxi, Jay Chou, and later-year Chiang Kai-Shek were/are known to be devout Christians. The Christian mentality and ethic fits very well with Chinese culture.
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Level 64
Oct 1, 2016
Worth noting the uk figures from 2011 census data and since 2001 actual number down 4m and % declaring no religion up from 15% to 25%
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Level 71
Nov 15, 2022
Down again in the 2021 census, non religious now 39% of the population.
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Level 20
Oct 1, 2016
91600/173600=52.76%, not 49%
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Level 62
Oct 1, 2016
Great quiz. I missed Uganda and Kenya, though.
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Level 53
Oct 1, 2016
Try a similar version of this quiz here: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/178909/five-most-christian-countries-by-continent
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Level 59
Oct 1, 2016
I can't believe I forgot Ethiopia! That should have been easy...
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Level 19
Aug 27, 2020
WHY WOULD THAT HAVE BEEN EASY
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Level 32
Dec 29, 2020
Ethiopia is one of the oldest Christian states in the world. They were Christian even before Europe
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Level 55
May 4, 2022
common sense
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Level 56
Oct 1, 2016
I kind of think we should add in Vatican city just because their whole population is christian
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Level 68
Oct 2, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_by_country
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Level 20
Jan 1, 2017
you are mixing catholic countrys with Christian countrys
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Level 28
Jan 5, 2017
Catholics are Christians, just a denomination of Christianity.
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Level 77
Jan 20, 2023
countries*
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Level 42
Jan 18, 2017
India, indonesia, peru, canada and venezuela miss out being in the 20 millions. Ukraine has unstable data from what I can see. Bummed cause i guseed all of them ://
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Level 66
Apr 19, 2017
I don't understand, 90% of Russian population is indicated as Christians, in fact Orthodox Christians, and how come Ukraine, which is mostly Orthodox Christians, is not included in the list? Was there an official census about belonging to a specific religion in Russia, or any other so-called Christian nations?
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Level 84
Oct 31, 2017
btw the numbers here do not match up with the quiz "5 countries with most christians by continent." For one example, Poland is included on that quiz while the UK is not, but here the UK is shown as having more Christians than Poland. There are others.
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Level 34
Dec 15, 2017
It's kinda surprising to read, that 63% of german People are supposed to be christians... I met exactly two People in my life considering themselves Christian... I feel like almost nobody here really believes in god. Germans are just saying they are christians because of traditional reasons ore something.
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Level 84
Dec 18, 2017
Then why is "Christian" in the name of the dominant political party?
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Level 61
Sep 6, 2020
That doesn't say anything. The party was made 75 years ago. Back then, almost everyone in Germany was christian and the party just hasn't changed the name.
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Level 84
Nov 14, 2022
it apparently says something, then. Look at all that stuff you just typed.
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Level 73
Jul 17, 2019
Your point is valid, this quiz says UK at 59% but in the latest British Social Attitudes survey, only 38% of their sample of 3,900 people self-identified as Christian and 52% identified as not believing in any religion. How are the two numbers so different? I tend to believe people when you ask them what they are.
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Level 81
Nov 14, 2022
It's possible that in some surveys or even in the census many people self report as Christian despite only being culturally Christian/having a Christian upbringing, and no longer attending church or believing.
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Level 70
Jul 18, 2019
Quizmaster always cites (and usually conveniently links) his sources, making it easy for us to look up data collecting and/or measurement methodologies, thus definitely answering questions like this and avoiding the need for speculation – and the arguments that sometimes go along with it! In this case, the number of people were counted as Christians:

is based on the number of the population in each country who are members of a Christian denomination or who identify themselves as Christian, plus their children. It says nothing about the number of who actually believe in God and are regularly in the church.

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Level 70
Jul 18, 2019
Geez, and the grammar in that Wikipedia article is terrible; Imma go fix that 🤓
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Level 39
Nov 25, 2022
I have lived here for 4 years and haven't met any Christians, but a lot of people that are a member of the church (I think it happens automatically unless you actively de-register); I guess a lot of people are too lazy to do that. Alternatively, they're just not crazy Christians that always talk about Jesus or try to proselytise. I've also never read a post from Germany about 'praying' for anything either.
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Level 48
Apr 25, 2019
If you go by percent, the Vatican is probably in the top 3
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Level 67
Apr 27, 2019
It's probably in the top one.
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Level 84
Jul 17, 2019
The pope's an atheist.
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Level 67
Jul 19, 2019
A Christian atheist, then.
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Level 52
Mar 27, 2020
Hey, if we're going to count people who think they're Christian for every other country, why enforce stricter rules on the Vatican?
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Level 65
Jul 17, 2019
Poland has 96% or something like that. It should be on here.
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Level 81
Jul 18, 2019
It's probably just behind Ukraine according to data used for this quiz.
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Level 55
May 4, 2022
no its not
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Level 55
May 4, 2022
poland is not at 96%
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Level 55
May 4, 2022
and even if it was it wouldnt be on the list
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Level 61
Dec 30, 2019
Mon Dieu. Got everything but France.
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Level 58
Dec 31, 2019
I like how China has 14th highest christian population in the world with just 3% of its population
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Level 83
Nov 14, 2022
Yeah interesting how there are more Christians in China than the UK, France, or Poland.
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Level 48
Feb 17, 2020
How the hell did I miss the u.k.
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Level 18
Mar 6, 2020
i see what you did there (how the h***) good one
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Level 61
Apr 12, 2020
I can't believe the very last one I remembered to type in was Italy.
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Level 65
Jun 11, 2020
I also remembered Italy at the very last with 34 seconds left
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Level 39
Jan 19, 2021
nice quiz, though i think you could have added the Vatican, if you consider Catholosism as christian
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Level 54
Jan 25, 2021
Countries with the most Christians. The Vatican only has a population of 825.
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Level 75
Nov 30, 2022
They may have the most Christians per head though, right? :)
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Level 72
Mar 7, 2021
So if only 35,899,176 more people move to the Vatican it'll take Ukraine's place on the list.
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Level 52
Dec 13, 2022
Only missed China.
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Level 72
Dec 13, 2022
This is no longer accurate: the UK's 2021 census shows that Christians are now outnumbered by non-religious people.

On a personal note, I consider this a good thing.

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Level 62
Dec 13, 2022
I think you are mistaken.

First it was the England & Wales Census (although I'm sure a similar picture will be seen in the other parts of the UK). Secondly, while Christianity is now under 50%, it still makes up the largest single belief system at 46% followed by no-religion at just under 40%.

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Level 61
Dec 13, 2022
That percentage is only fir England and Whales, although it is still probably lower than on here.
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Level 66
Dec 13, 2022
That moment you have 18/20 correct but realize that something as blatantly obvious as Poland was an answer that skipped your mind. *facepalm x 1000*.
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Level 70
Dec 13, 2022
I'm from Poland and I'm surprised to find out we are estimated to have 41 million population right now. I guess it must include Ukrainian refugees, because not so long ago we were 38 million and declining.
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Level 28
Dec 13, 2022
I didn't expect China to be here, because I remember like 80-90% were an atheist.
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Level 51
Dec 13, 2022
When I was a kid I assumed missionaries were dumb. I'm still not religious, but now am pretty thankful someone is willing to live in third world countries and spread the word of whatever. Better than Islam or Isis.
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Level 71
Dec 14, 2022
Missionaries like the guy who tried to force his religion on the native population of secluded North Sentinel Island, you mean?
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Level 74
Jan 8, 2023
Here's a wild idea. How about people go and help struggling people WITHOUT attempting to coerce and brainwash them into a man-made religion?