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Half of Icelanders Hold Religious Beliefs

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Half of Icelanders Hold Religious Beliefs

A church in Rauðasandur

Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

Roughly 50 percent of Icelanders hold religious beliefs, according to a new Gallup poll. Fifty-one percent of respondents said they considered themselves to be believers, while 30 percent said they were not believers, and 14 percent called themselves atheists. The remainder did not take sides.

Worldwide, 63 percent of people consider themselves to be believers, 22 percent non-believers and 11 percent atheists. Thailand has the highest percentage of believers, or 94 percent, mbl.is reports. Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia and Morocco follow with 93 percent. The large majority of people in China consider themselves atheists, or 63 percent, followed by Hong Kong with 34 percent, Japan with 31 percent and the Czech Republic with 30 percent.

African and Middle Eastern countries have the highest proportion of believers —eight out of ten individuals—followed by Eastern Europe and the United States with seven out of ten individuals and Asia with six out of ten. Roughly five out of ten individuals in West Europe and Oceania consider themselves to be non-believers or atheists.

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