February 26, 2015

Restrictions and Hostilities in the Most Populous Countries

Among the world’s 25 most populous countries, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey stand out as having the most restrictions on religion (as of the end of 2014) when both government restrictions and religious hostilities are taken into account. (Countries in the upper right of the chart have the most restrictions and hostilities.) Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Japan, Philippines and South Africa have the least restrictions and hostilities as of 2014. (Countries in the lower left have the least restrictions and hostilities.)

Note: For 2007-2010, the index scores are for the 12-month period ending in June of that year. For 2011-14, the index scores are for the calendar year. The center of each circle is positioned on the average index score for each country.

Source: Pew Research Center analysis of external data. See Methodology for details.
"Trends in Global Restrictions on Religion"