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Religious Disbelief in Places around the World

Part of the Atheism For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Atheism, humanism, and all the rest of the nontheistic isms show up in different ways around the world. What follows is a list of some of the most interesting places to watch for developments in religious disbelief.

  • Earth: Current home to 1.1 billion nontheistic people.

  • Ireland: Where those who call themselves “religious” dropped from 69 percent to 47 percent in seven years — the largest drop on Earth.

  • United States: Where the religiously unaffiliated made up the single largest belief bloc (23 percent) of those electing Barack Obama to his second presidential term.

  • Norway: Where 80 percent of the population belongs to the Lutheran Church of Norway but 72 percent don’t believe in God.

  • Québec: Once 83 percent Catholic and the most religious province in Canada, now 83 percent Catholic and the least religious province in Canada. Yes.

  • United Kingdom: Where there’s a state religion and religious education and prayer services in schools — and belief in God is currently down to 38 percent.

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