11 Maps to Help You Make Sense of World Religion

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Religion is such an important force in the world. So how well do we really understand it?

What are the major religions in the world? Where are their adherents located? Check out these 11 fascinating maps and learn something new!

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1) The self-reported importance of religion, by country

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Sbw01f / Wikimedia Commons

2) What religion people identify with, by region

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Arseny Khakhalin / Wikimedia Commons

Magenta = Christianity, blue = Islam, and yellow = mostly everything else.

3) Protestantism (including Anglicanism), by country population percentage

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Ernio48 / Wikimedia Commons

4) Catholicism, by country population percentage

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Starfunker226 / Wikimedia Commons

5) Eastern Orthodoxy, by country population percentage

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Коваленко Кирилл / Wikimedia Commons

6) Islam, by country population percentage

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M Tracy Hunter / Wikimedia Commons

7) Muslim denominations, by country population percentage

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Wikimedia Commons

Green = Sunni, maroon = Shia, blue = Ibadi.

8) Buddhism, by country population percentage

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TheGreenEditor / Wikimedia Commons

9) Hinduism, by country population percentage

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TheGreenEditor / Wikimedia Commons

10) Irreligion, by country population percentage

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11) Abrahamic (Semitic) vs. Dharmic (Indian) religions, by country

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Dbachmann / Wikimedia Commons

Purple = Abrahamic religions, yellow = dharmic religions.