Religious restrictions around the world


For more than a decade, Pew Research Center has been tracking global patterns in restrictions on religion – both those imposed by governments and hostilities committed by individuals and social groups. Scroll down to explore restrictions in 198 countries and see how each country’s restrictions have changed since 2007.

For more details on restrictions on religion around the world, see our latest report on the topic, “Globally, Social Hostilities Related to Religion Decline in 2019, While Government Restrictions Remain at Highest Levels.”

Note: Government restrictions include laws, policies and actions by authorities that impinge on religious beliefs and practices, while social hostilities involving religion include actions by private individuals or groups in society that limit such practices.