Middle East-North Africa
(20 COUNTRIES AND
East-North Africa region is home to less than 1% of the world’s Christians.14 Only about
4% of the region’s residents are Christian. Although Christianity began in this
region, it now has the lowest overall number of Christians and the smallest
share of its population that is Christian. Christians are a minority in every
country in the region. About half (47%) of all Christians in the region live in
either Egypt or Sudan. Lebanon has by far the highest percentage of Christians
(38%) in the region. The only other countries in the region where more than 10%
of the population is Christian are the Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar
and the United Arab Emirates.
About 44% of Christians in the region are
Catholic, including many Eastern-rite Catholics. Roughly the
same proportion (43%) are Orthodox Christian. More than one-in-ten are Protestant (14%).
14 To see all the countries and
territories in the Middle East and North Africa, see the Interactive Maps. (return to text)