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Top 20 Most Jewish Countries

Which countries have the highest percentage of adherents of Judaism?
Source: Jewish Virtual Library for the year 2023
The quiz for countries with the highest number of Jewish people is here
One answer appears in the Countries 197 to 205 quiz and is recognised by 140 (71%) of the world's countries
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: February 21, 2024
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First submittedAugust 7, 2014
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country
73.59
Israel
8.65
Palestine
2.23
United States
1.03
Canada
0.67
France
0.48
Australia
0.47
Hungary
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country
0.46
United Kingdom
0.45
Uruguay
0.37
Argentina
0.25
Belgium
0.23
Panama
0.22
Latvia
0.23
Switzerland
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country
0.17
Netherlands
0.15
New Zealand
0.15
Germany
0.14
Sweden
0.09
Russia
0.08
Ukraine
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Level 75
May 11, 2023
For those who wish to debate whether Palestine (recognised by most countries of the world as a country) really is one or not, please read the instructions first! That answer is included here on the basis of (a) its declaration of independence and statehood, (b) 139 (71%) countries of the world recognising it, and (c) its observer status at the UN, similar to Vatican City and (until 1992) Switzerland. This topic has been debated extensively, and for years, elsewhere on this website, to the point of tiresomeness, so please give it a rest!
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Level 82
Aug 8, 2014
I thought I tried Uruguay... oh well.
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Level 82
Aug 8, 2014
also pretty hilarious more people guess the USA than Israel. I know all the fools of the world believe the United States is controlled by Jews but come on...
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Level 67
May 23, 2023
Mate have you actually considered shutting tf up? Just once in your life?

You're truly the invasive parasite of this website and we all wish you to leave

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Level 89
Feb 20, 2024
He already left months before you arrived and started leaving nasty replies to his comments. You’re not really bringing anything new here.
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Level 75
Sep 15, 2014
They were not allowed to enter Russia for a few centuries, and when they finally were they were restricted to areas that are now part of the Ukraine.
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Level 82
Nov 28, 2014
There actually was a pretty massive Jewish population in Russia... most of them left because of virulent racism there and they or their descendants are now living in Israel, the United States, Canada, the UK etc. Mostly Israel and the United States.
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Level 69
Sep 3, 2017
Mila Kunis is one of them
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Level 24
Apr 26, 2020
Mika Kunis is from Ukraine
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Level 24
Apr 27, 2020
In Russia there is not virulent racism against Jews.
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Level 85
Feb 21, 2024
I know, right? After the thinned the herd to make them stronger, they even gave them their own oblast. In a remote part of Siberia. With almost no infrastructure. Really great country.
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Level 70
Nov 6, 2022
There was during Russian Empire and even in USSR, though much smaller
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Level 82
Nov 6, 2022
Pogrom is a Russian word.
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Level 66
Oct 11, 2014
Only missed Panamá :(
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Level 39
May 31, 2019
Me too :/
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Level 60
Sep 12, 2016
Suprised that Germany made it on here
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Level 61
Sep 4, 2017
It was around 0,5% before 1933.
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Level 35
Sep 3, 2017
My score: 19/20, although it should be 20/20.

I missed Netherlands. I typed "Holland" (as the other quizzes admit also the use of this "alternative" name), but this quiz doesn't consider it valid.

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Level 85
Feb 10, 2019
North and South Holland are provinces; using Holland instead of Netherlands is similar to referring to the US as Texas.
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Level 84
May 22, 2019
Not really. No one refers to the USA as Texas and no one ever has. (Correct me if I'm wrong on this!) Holland is used for the Netherlands widely, even if it's incorrect, including by plenty of Dutch people in certain contexts. It's also the correct name for the Netherlands in many languages (or variations of it). Regardless, the point is that it's accepted by jetpunk on most quizzes, so people here get used to typing it just because it's quicker.
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Level 74
Nov 6, 2022
We need 'Holland.' The Dutch would agree because it's efficient
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Level 62
May 14, 2023
I agree to this message. Only because of efficiency. Other reasons are wrong.
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Level 62
Sep 3, 2017
Germany made the list isn't that swell.
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Level 37
Jul 28, 2018
I'm surprised that Germany made the list and Poland did not (Are you telling me that, given a choice, Jews returned to Russia and not Poland?
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Level 74
Nov 14, 2018
Speaking as someone with both Polish and Russian ancestors...Polish Jews had a 1%-1.5% survival chance during the Holocaust. (This is as low as it gets. The prewar population was 3 million). There are lots of reasons for this, but to get you started. Killing camps like Auschwitz were nearby, in Poland. And in Poland's 'Generalgouvernment', murders of Jews were regularly a public spectacle, sadly featuring silence, complicity and even sometimes the voluntary and enthusiastic participation of many locals (e.g. Jedwabne and Tykocin pogroms). In fact, there were spontaneous massacres of Jews without Nazis on the scene (like the Szczuczyn and Wąsosz pogroms). This has all been well-documented. While there were definitely non-Jewish Poles who helped their Jewish neighbours, risking their own lives in the process (Jan Karski is one amazing example), the majority did not, and indeed chose to do just the opposite.
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Level 74
Nov 14, 2018
Even after the war ended, there were pogroms against Jews who tried to return to their homes after managing to survive death camps (e.g. Kielce pogrom in 1946, where Polish police, soldiers and regular folks killed 42 Jewish survivors and injured 40 more). An estimated 1000 - 2000 Polish Jews were murdered upon returning home. After Kielce, almost all Polish Jews left the country, understandably I think.

It probbly does not help contemporary Jewish communities in Poland that the government has now made it illegal to discuss Polish state complicity in Holocaust-era murders of Jews. This makes not only historical research difficult, but may well lessen reckoning and trust building.

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Level 74
Nov 14, 2018
There are lots of excellent books out there but I'd suggest a few...Jan Grabowski's 'Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz' or 'Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland' are recent and thorough. Here's audio of a talk he gave a few years ago.

Doris Bergen's 'War & Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust' is an excellent overview, and gets into Soviet-Polish-Nazi interregna.

And to read about some of the incredible resistance efforts, especially in Eastern Europe, along with a detailed profile of Jan Karski, I highly recommend Nechama Tec's 'Resistance: Jews and Christians Who Defied the Nazi Terror'.

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Level 24
Apr 26, 2020
Add Monaco to the list.
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Level 12
Jul 24, 2020
Please admit Holland as a valid answer!
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Level 70
May 14, 2023
Holland is as much a valid answer as New York is. They both may have Jewish populations but neither one is a country.
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Level 71
May 14, 2023
Can you please accept Holland? It is standard on Jetpunk. (I know the difference, it is just quicker to type)
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Level 48
Feb 20, 2024
Holland's the name of the region, not the country.
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Level 95
May 14, 2023
Palestine is not a country. The quiz is misleading and should be fixed. Give it a rest.
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Level 75
May 25, 2023
Please read the instructions and the lead comment.
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Level 95
Feb 20, 2024
I did and your analysis is faulty and deliberately provocative.
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Level 75
Feb 20, 2024
The analysis is flawless. If you want to take issue with any of the three stated criteria by which Palestine qualifies as a country, then we'd love to hear your analysis.
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Level 76
Sep 15, 2023
Cry more about it, why don't you? 😄
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Level 89
Feb 20, 2024
The official JetPunk stance on Palestine is that it is not a “country,” because it does not have full sovereign control over its claimed land. Some people, like this quiz’s creator, disagree with this decision and instead consider it to be a country by whether its status as an independent nation is recognized by the majority of the world or not.
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Level 75
Feb 20, 2024
Official declarations are ones made by governments and NGOs. Quiz websites don't get to do that. As much as I respect Dan and this fantastic website, I don't agree with the call he has made on his own quizzes here. If "control over ones borders" is to be the sole condition for nationhood then Cyprus, Georgia, Somalia and Morocco wouldn't qualify as countries either, alongside several others with outlying regions outside of government control like Niger and DR Congo. They all have control over some of their territory, just as is the case with Palestine.
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Level 74
Feb 20, 2024
*applaud*
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Level 89
Feb 21, 2024
As long as the caveat is at the top there is no real problem.

Even if a lot of people avoid reading the caveats through habit or laziness.