Catholic Church by country

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A map of Catholicism by population percentage.
Countries by number of Catholics in 2010.[1]
  More than 100 million
  More than 50 million
  More than 20 million
  More than 10 million
  More than 5 million
  More than 1 million

The tables below represent statistics with regard to the Catholic Church by country.


Most of the figures are taken from the CIA Factbook.[2]

According to the CIA Factbook, the five countries with the largest number of Catholics are, in decreasing order of population, Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States, and Italy.

The country where the membership of the church is the largest percentage of the population is Vatican City at 100%.

According to the Census of the 2014 Annuario Pontificio (Pontifical Yearbook), the number of Catholics in the world was about 1.229 billion at the end of 2012.

The CIA Factbook data might not necessarily be accurate. According to a 2013 research conducted by a Brazilian institute (Datafolha) the percentage of the population in Brazil of Catholic religion is just 57%,[3] well in contrast to the 64.63% published by CIA. Also, the 2010 Mexican Census showed this percentage to be 83.9% [4] - against a 91.89% number in the CIA Factbook.

By country[edit]

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Catholic Church by country
CountryTotal Population % CatholicCatholic total
 Afghanistan (details)29,928,9870.0003%100
 Albania (details)3,020,00016%[5]517,000
 Algeria (details)32,531,8530.01%[6]3,000
 Andorra (details)71,20194%66,928
 Angola (details)18,498,00055.59%[7]10,283,038
 Antigua and Barbuda (details)81,80010.4%8,500
 Argentina (details)41,660,00076.5%[8]31,870,000
 Armenia (details)2,982,9043.7%110,367
 Australia (details)23,476,00025.3%.[9]5,939,000
 Austria (details)8,573,00061.4%[10]5,265,757
 Azerbaijan (details)8,581,4000.03%2,574
 Bahamas (details)350,00013.5%[2]47,250
 Bahrain (details)800,000[11]10%[11]80,000[11]
 Bangladesh (details)144,319,6280.22%317,503
 Barbados (details)250,0124.2%[2]10,000
 Belarus (details)9,500,0007.1%[12]674,500
 Belgium (details)11,200,00058%[13]6,500,000
 Belize (details)334,00040%[14]133,600
 Benin (details)7,460,02526.64%[7]1,987,351
 Bhutan (details)750,0000.13%1,000
 Bolivia (details)8,857,87076%[15]6,740,000
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (details)4,025,47615%[2]625,558
 Botswana (details)1,640,1154.94%81,021
 Brazil (details)202,656,788[16]63%[15]127,670,000
 Brunei (details)372,3616.36%23,682
 Bulgaria (details)7,450,3491%74,503
 Burkina Faso (details)13,925,31317%[2]2,367,303
 Burundi (details)6,370,60967.29%[7]4,286,782
 Cambodia (details)13,607,0690.16%21,771
 Cameroon (details)16,380,00527.36%[7]4,481,569
 Canada (details)35,770,00038.7%[17]13,843,000
 Cape Verde (details)512,09678.7%[18]403,023
 Central African Republic (details)3,799,89725%[2]949,974
 Chad (details)12,000,00020.1%[2]2,410,000
 Chile (details)17,900,00063%[15] - 66.65%[19]11,277,000 - 11,930,350
 China (details)1,368,000,0000.75%10,260,000
 Colombia (details)47,551,23275%[15][20]35,663,424
 Comoros (details)800,0000.5%[2]4,300
 Congo, Republic of (details)3,686,00056.11%[7]2,068,214
 Congo, Democratic Republic of (details)77,000,00050%[2]38,500,000
 Costa Rica (details)4,770,00069%[21]3,291,300
 Croatia (details)4,284,88986.54%[7]3,708,142
 Cuba (details)11,163,93459.66%6,660,403
 Cyprus (details)780,1331.28%9,985
 Czech Republic (details)10,500,00029%[22]3,045,000
 Côte d'Ivoire (details)23,800,000[23]21.4%[18]5,093,000
 Denmark (details)5,630,0000.7%40,000[24]
 Djibouti (details)476,7030.2%953
 Dominica (details)71,54061.4%[2]55,000
 Dominican Republic (details)10,400,00057%[25]5,928,000
 East Timor (details)1,040,88088.84%[7]924,718
 Ecuador (details)15,223,68074.0%[26][27]11,265,000
 Equatorial Guinea (details)1,620,000[28]87%[29]1,410,000
 Egypt (details)77,505,7560.35%271,270
 El Salvador (details)6,704,93250%[25]3,352,000
 Eritrea (details)4,561,5993.34%152,357
 Estonia (details)1,332,8930.36%4,798
 Ethiopia (details)73,053,2860.7%[2]584,426
 Fiji (details)893,3549.1%[2]80,401
 Finland (details)5,451,2700.24%12,853[30]
 France (details)66,600,00064%[31]42,624,000
 Gabon (details)1,389,20150.05%695,295
 Gambia (details)1,593,2562.1%33,458
 Georgia (details)4,677,4010.8%[2]84,193
 Germany (details)80,800,00029.9%[32]24,170,745
 Ghana (details)21,029,85315.1%[2]5,257,463
 Greece (details)11,170,9570.41%45,873
 Grenada (details)89,50253%[2]47,436
 Guatemala (details)15,773,00047%[15]7,500,000
 Guinea (details)9,467,8662.66%251,845
 Guinea-Bissau (details)1,416,0278.97%127,017
 Guyana (details)765,2838.1%[2]91,833
 Haiti (details)10,000,00056.7%[18]5,670,000
 Honduras (details)8,249,57447%[15]3,880,000
 Hungary (details)9,900,00054%5,346,000
 Iceland (details)325,6713.50%[33]11,454[34]
 India (details)1,210,193,4221.58%19,121,056
 Indonesia (details)237,641,326[35]2.91%[35]6,907,873[35]
 Iran (details)68,017,8600.02%13,603
 Iraq (details)26,074,9061.19%310,291
 Ireland (details)4,581,26983.63%[36]3,831,187
 Israel (details)7,746,0001.5%94,153
 Italy (details)60,800,00081.2%[18]49,370,000
 Jamaica (details)2,889,0002%57,780
 Japan (details)127,417,2440.4%509,668
 Jordan (details)5,759,7321.2%69,116
 Kazakhstan (details)15,185,8440.66%100,226
 Kenya (details)43,500,00023.3%[2]10,135,500
 Kiribati (details)98,00055%[2]51,000
 Korea, North (details)22,912,1770.017%4,000
 Korea, South (details)51,100,00010.9%[37]5,570,000
 Kuwait (details)2,335,6486.16%143,875
 Kyrgyzstan (details)5,146,2810.56%28,819
 Laos (details)6,217,1410.6%37,302
 Latvia (details)2,290,23717.04%390,256
 Lebanon (details)4,800,00031%[38]1,488,000
 Lesotho (details)2,067,00048.7%1,006,629
 Liberia (details)3,482,2115.42%188,735
 Libya (details)5,765,5630.7%40,358
 Liechtenstein (details)33,86376.2%[2]25,803
 Lithuania (details)2,944,45977.2%[39]2,273,000
 Luxembourg (details)538,00068.7%[40]369,600
 Macedonia (details)2,038,5141%20,452
 Madagascar (details)18,040,34129.48%[7]5,318,293
 Malawi (details)12,158,92428.37%[7]3,449,487
 Malaysia (details)23,953,1363.3%790,453
 Maldives (details)349,1060.02%80
 Mali (details)12,291,5291.54%189,289
 Malta (details)400,21493.89%[7]375,761
 Marshall Islands (details)62,0008.4%5,208
 Mauritania (details)3,086,8590.15%[6]4,000
 Mauritius (details)1,230,60223.6%[2]289,314
 Mexico (details)120,664,00081%[15]97,718,400
 Moldova (details)4,455,4210.46%20,494
 Monaco (details)36,37182.3%[18]29,933
 Mongolia (details)2,791,2720.04%1,116
 Montenegro (details)625,2663.44%21,299
 Morocco (details)32,725,8470.07%22,908
 Mozambique (details)19,406,70328.4%[2]4,618,795
 Myanmar (details)42,909,4641.05%450,549
 Namibia (details)2,030,69216.95%344,202
   Nepal (details)27,676,5470.03%8,302
 Netherlands (details)16,850,00023.7%[41]3,992,000
 New Zealand (details)4,500,00011.1%[42]492,000
 Nicaragua (details)6,000,00050%[25] - 58.5%[43]3,000,000 - 3,510,000
 Niger (details)11,665,9370.1%11,665
 Nigeria (details)174,500,00014%24,430,000
 Norway (details)5,060,0002.4%120,900[44]
 Oman (details)3,001,5830.1%3,001
 Pakistan (details)162,419,9460.79%1,283,117
 Palau (details)19,94941.6%[2]8,299
 Palestine (details)3,761,9042%80,000
 Panama (details)3,339,15072%[15]2,400,000
 Papua New Guinea (details)7,000,00027%[45]1,890,000
 Paraguay (details)6,800,00088%[15]5,984,000
 Peru (details)30,500,00076%[25] - 81.3%[46]23,100,000 - 24,796,500
 Philippines (details)100,000,000[47]80.6%[48]80,600,000
 Poland (details)38,501,00086.7%[49]33,379,500
 Portugal (details)10,500,000[50]81.0%[51]8,505,000
 Qatar (details)863,0515.8%50,000
 Romania (details)22,329,9774.7%[2]1,787,408
 Russia (details)143,420,3090.53%760,127
 Rwanda (details)8,440,82056.5%[52]4,015,298
 Saint Kitts and Nevis (details)51,0006.7%3,400
 Saint Lucia (details)165,60061.3%101,500
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (details)106,0007.5%7,950
 Samoa (details)179,00019.6%[2]35,084
 San Marino (details)32,50090.5%[18]29,412
 São Tomé and Príncipe (details)163,00073.5%[7]119,805
 Saudi Arabia (details)26,417,5992.5%660,439
 Senegal (details)11,126,8323.5%389,439
 Serbia (details)7,120,6006.1%[2]433,167
 Seychelles (details)81,18885%[7]69,010
 Sierra Leone (details)6,017,6432.9%174,511
 Singapore (details)4,425,7204.8%[2]165,964
 Slovakia (details)5,397,03662%[53]3,347,277
 Slovenia (details)2,011,07053.1%[54]1,068,000
 Solomon Islands (details)523,00019%[2]100,000
 Somalia (details)8,591,6290.001%100
 South Africa (details)44,344,1367.1%[2]2,851,327
 South Sudan (details)10,000,00030%3,000,000
 Spain (details)47,265,32171.5%[55]33,794,500
 Sri Lanka (details)20,264,0006.1%[56]1,237,000
 Sudan (details)31,000,0001%300,000
 Suriname (details)551,00021.6%.[57]119,000
 Swaziland (details)1,100,0004.9%[18]62,803
 Sweden (details)9,600,0001.62%150,000
  Switzerland (details)8,000,00038.6%[58]3,088,000
 Syria (details)18,448,7522%368,975
 Taiwan (details)22,894,3841.39%318,231
 Tajikistan (details)7,163,5060.55%39,399
 Tanzania (details)44,929,00227.2%12,220,689
 Thailand (details)65,444,3710.44%287,955
 Togo (details)5,681,51928.54%1,621,506
 Tonga (details)102,00016%16,320
 Trinidad and Tobago (details)1,225,00021.6%[59]264,600
 Tunisia (details)11,000,0000.2%22,000
 Turkey (details)69,660,5590.05%34,830
 Turkmenistan (details)4,952,0810.54%26,741
 Tuvalu (details)10,0001%100
 Uganda (details)35,873,25341.9%[60]15,042,000
 Ukraine (details)46,481,0002.2%[2]3,737,116
 United Arab Emirates (details)2,563,2125%128,160
 United Kingdom (details)63,100,0009%[61][62][63][64]5,700,000
 United States (details)319,300,00023.9%[2]76,312,700
 Uruguay (details)3,415,92047.1%[65]1,609,000
 Uzbekistan (details)26,851,1950.01%2,685
  Vatican City (details)842100%842
 Vanuatu (details)243,30413.1%[2]36,500
 Venezuela (details)30,400,00073%[25]22,192,000
 Vietnam (details)83,535,5766.8%[2]5,658,000
 Western Sahara (details)273,0080.06%163
 Yemen (details)20,727,0630.02%4,145
 Zambia (details)14,300,00021%[18]3,003,000
 Zimbabwe (details)12,746,9907.71%982,792

By dependent territory[edit]

Catholic Church by territory
CountryTotal Population % CatholicCatholic total
 Aruba (details)101,48475.3%[66]76,464
 Falkland Islands (details)2,00010.0%200
 French Guiana (details)221,50075%166,500
 Guadeloupe (details)405,50086%350,000
 Guam (details)154,62385%[2]131,430
 Hong Kong (details)7,230,0002,3%[1]166,000
 Martinique (details)390,00080%312,000
 New Caledonia (details)249,00060.2%[2]150,000
 Puerto Rico (details)3,916,63278.44%[7]3,072,206
 Réunion (details)839,50079.72%[7]669,249
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon (details)6,02599.6%[6]6,000
 Wallis and Futuna (details)14,23195.8%13,631

By region[edit]

These percentages were calculated by using the above numbers. The first percentage, 4th column, is the percentage of population that is Catholic in a region (number in the region * 100/total population of the region). The last column shows the national Catholic percentage compared to the total Catholic population of the world (number in the region * 100/total R. C. population of the world).


Catholicism in Africa
RegionTotal PopulationCatholic % Catholic % of global Catholic pop.
Central Africa83,121,05537,353,21844.93%3.47%
East Africa193,741,90034,872,13017.99%3.24%
North Africa202,151,3232,369,4901.17%0.22%
Southern Africa137,092,01924,463,64017.84%2.27%
West Africa268,997,24536,152,84713.43%3.36%


Catholicism in The Americas
RegionTotal PopulationCatholic % Catholic % of global Catholic pop.
Central America42,883,84932,317,38475.36%3.00%
North America448,587,847173,212,64038.61%16.11%
South America371,363,897299,570,01180.66%27.87%


Roman Catholicism in Asia
RegionTotal PopulationCatholic % Catholic % of global Catholic pop.
Central Asia92,019,166199,0861.23%0.01%
East Asia1,528,384,44013,853,1420.90%1.28%
South Asia1,437,326,68220,107,0501.39%1.87%
Southeast Asia571,337,07086,701,42115.17%8.06%


Catholicism in Europe
RegionTotal PopulationCatholic % Catholic % of global Catholic pop.
Southeast Europe65,903,4646,562,7759.95%0.61%
Central Europe74,591,47656,787,17674.8%5.19%
Eastern Europe228,118,6659,702,3344.25%0.90%
Western Europe381,458,905211,466,94255.43%19.67%

Middle East[edit]

Catholicism in Middle East
RegionTotal PopulationCatholic % Catholic % of global Catholic pop.
Middle East260,026,3652,990,5731.15%0.27%


Catholicism in Oceania
RegionTotal PopulationCatholic % Catholic % of global Catholic pop.

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