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How do you feel about religion? Depending on which country you are in, this question is more or less likely to be met with a shrug or even an objection to religious belief. In China, the highest percentage of people among the 56 countries and territories included in the Statista Global Consumer Survey is non-religious or atheist, the latter describing people rejecting the idea that there is a God.
Among European countries, Germany ranks high for the share of its non-religious and atheist population, which stands at around a third of survey respondents aged 18 to 64. Even in a country often associated with religiousness – Italy – a quarter of people between these ages are not religious today.
Religion has a somewhat stronger hold on the United States, Russia and Brazil, while in South Africa, the non-religious are in the single digits at just 9 percent of adults under the age of 65. In India, finally, being non-religious or atheist is virtually unheard of, with just two percent of survey respondents saying they fell into one of the two categories.
This chart shows the percentage of respondents in selected countries who identify themselves as non-religious/atheist (in percent).
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