December 2, 2014

Restrictions on Religion among the 25 Most Populous Countries, 2007-2011

Among the world’s 25 most populous countries, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia and Pakistan stand out as having the most restrictions on religion in 2011 when both government restrictions and social hostilities are taken into account. (Countries in the upper right of the chart have the most restrictions and hostilities.) Brazil, the Philippines, Japan, the United States and Mexico have the least restrictions and hostilities. (Countries in the lower left have the least restrictions and hostilities.)

Select a year to see index scores in that year. For 2007-2010, the index scores are for the 12-month period ending in June of that year. For 2011, the index scores are for calendar year 2011.

The center of each circle is positioned on the average index score for each country.