Religion in different countries

Religion in New Zealand

Religion in New Zealand was originally dominated by Māori religion prior to European colonization. Missionaries such as Samuel Marsden then converted most Māori to Christianity, which remains the dominant religion in New Zealand to this day. However, many other religions have become established as well due to immigration and dispersal of culture.

Religion in Marshall Islands

Most Marshallese are Protestants, and as a whole they are very religious. While the largest church in the nation is the United Church of Christ, there are many other Protestant denominations represented, like Assembly of God, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventists. The Catholic Church also has established a strong presence in the islands. In recent years, the Church of Latter-day Saints has also become established. Sundays are set aside for rest and relaxation and attending church services.

Religion in the Federated States of Micronesia

Several Protestant denominations, as well as the Roman Catholic Church, are active in every Micronesian state. Most Protestant groups trace their roots to American Congregationalist missionaries. On the island of Kosrae, the population is approximately 7,800; (95% Protestant). On Pohnpei, the population of 35,000 is evenly divided between Protestants and Catholics (50% catholic & 50% Protestant).

Religion in Kyrgyzstan

Alongside Islam the Kyrgyz tribes also practiced totemism, the recognition of spiritual kinship with a particular type of animal.

Religion in Cyprus

The majority religion in Cyprus is that of Greek Orthodox Christianity. According to 'Operation World' 2001 edition, 74% of people in Cyprus consider themselve to be Greek Orthodox.

Qatar and Religion

Little is known of Qatar's early history although Qatar was respectively inhabited by stone age people, the Kingdom of Dilmun, probably visited by the Greeks and Romans and periodically by travelling nomads.

Religion in Cambodia

Thearavada Buddhism is the official religion in Cambodia which is practiced by 95 percent of the population-- just like that of Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka.

Religions in Kazakhstan

By tradition, Kazakhs are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafi school. The Kazakhs adopted Islam gradually, with complete conversion only in the early 19th century.

Religion in Yemen

Virtually all citizens of Yemen are Muslims, either belonging to the Zaydi order of Shi'a Islam (50%) or to the Shafi'i order of Sunni Islam (50%). There are also approximately 3,000 Christians, 400 Jews and an extreme minority of Hindus. Islam in Yemen Virtually all citizens of Yemen are Muslims, either belonging to the Zaydi order of Shi'a Islam or to the Shafa'i order of Sunni Islam. While there are no available statistics, estimates are that the Zaydis form approximately 40 percent and the Shafa'is form 50 percent of the general population. There are a few hundred thousand Ismaili and Imami Shias who reside mainly in the north and northeast. There are some non-official Sufi doctrines.

Religions of Iran

Twelver Shi'i Islam is totally dominating the Iranian society, not only as creed, but also with its impact on the political system.

Iraq Religion

Iraq religion is Islam. Muslims (those who practice Islam) account for a whopping 97% of the Iraqi population. However, the Catholic Religion is allowed to practice in Iraq. This year 2008, Christmas was a recognized holiday.

Jordan-Religious Minorities

Jordan's Constitution guarantees freedom of religious beliefs. Christians formed the largest non-Muslim minority.

Religion in Indonesia

Religion is an important part of Indonesia. The religious influence on political, cultural and economical life is immense and not to be taken lightly.

Religion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Christianity is the majority religion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, followed by about 80% of the population. Denominations include Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20% and Kimbanguist 10%. Muslims (mainly Sunni) represent 10% of the population, others (including syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs) account for 10%, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Religion in Djibouti

Over 90% of the population in Djibouti is Muslim. Islamic customs influence daily behavior, social interaction and dress codes. Please note that immodesty in dress and behavior is frowned upon. Drinking, smoking or eating in public during Ramadan, the month of fasting, is forbidden for all, including visitors. There is a small population of Christians, mostly of French origin.