Religion of Montenegro

  • 1923

Most Montenegrin inhabitants are Orthodox Christians, followers of the Serbian Orthodox Church's Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral and the Montenegrin Orthodox Church.

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The religious institutions all have guaranteed rights and are separate from the state. There is a sizeable number of Sunni Muslims Montenegrins that maintain their own Islamic Community of Montenegro.

There is also a small Roman Catholic population, divided between the Archdiocese of Antivari headed by Primate of Serbia and the Diocese of Kotor that is a part of the Church of Croatia.

The constitution protects religious freedom which is upheld by the government and local laws. Abuse of religious freedom is not tolerated.

There is no state religion and the government observes Orthodox Christmas and Easter. Religious communities must register with the local police within 15 days of arrival.

Societal instances of abuse of religious freedom have been sparse and mainly connected to the ownership and operation of older religious buildings.