Buddhism by country

Buddhism by country

Percentage of Buddhists by country, according to the Pew Research Center.

[1] 495 million,[2] or 535 million[3] people as of the 2010s, representing 7% to 8% of the world's total population.

[1]

The second largest body of Buddhist schools is [1] but has been disseminated throughout the world.

According to a demographic analysis reported by Peter Harvey (2013):[3]

  • Eastern Buddhism (Mahayana) has 360 million adherents;
  • Southern Buddhism (Theravada) has 150 million adherents; and
  • Northern Buddhism (Vajrayana) has 18.2 million adherents.
  • Seven million additional Buddhists are found outside Asia.

Contents

  • List of countries with largest Buddhist majority 1
  • By country 2
  • By region 3
  • Ten countries with the largest Buddhist populations 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6
  • References 7

List of countries with largest Buddhist majority

There are 10 countries with the highest Buddhist percentage:

Buddhism by percentange as of 2010[1]
Country[4] Estimated Buddhist population % of total Buddhist in country
 Cambodia 13,701,660 96.90 %
 Thailand 64,419,840 93.20 %
 Myanmar 38,415,960 80.10 %
 Bhutan 563,000 74.70 %
 Sri Lanka 14,455,980 69.30 %
 Laos 4,092,000 66.00 %
 Mongolia 1,520,760 55.10 %
 Japan 84,653,000 or 45,807,480 67% or 36.2%[5]
 Singapore 1,725,510 33.90 %
 Taiwan 8,000,000 or 4,945,600 35% or 21.1%[6]

By country

Buddhism by country
Country/Territory Population (2013)[7] % Buddhist: 1. Pew, 2. ARDA. Number of Buddhists
Afghanistan 24,108,077
Algeria 38,087,812
 American Samoa 26,719
Angola 18,565,269
Argentina 42,610,981
 Aruba 109,153
Australia 22,262,501
Austria 221,646
 Bahamas 319,031
Bahrain 1,281,332
Bangladesh 159,654,860
 Barbados 288,725
 Belarus 9,625,888
Belgium 10,444,268
Belize 297
 Bermuda 69,467
Bhutan 725,296
 Bolivia 10,461,053
Botswana 2,127,825
Brazil 201,009,622
Brunei 415,717
Bulgaria 6,981,642
Burkina Faso 17,812,961
Burma (Myanmar) 55,167,330
Cambodia 15,205,539
Cameroon 20,549,221
Canada 34,568,211
Chad 11,193,452
 Chile 17,216,945
China 1,349,585,838
 Christmas Island 1,513
 Colombia 45,745,783
Democratic Republic of the Congo 75,507,308
Republic of the Congo 4,492,689
Costa Rica 4,695,942
Côte d'Ivoire 22,400,835
Croatia 4,475,611
 Cuba 11,394,043
 Curaçao 146,836
 Cyprus 1,155,403
Czech Republic 10,162,921
Denmark 5,556,452
 Dominica 73,286
 Dominican Republic 10,219,630
 East Timor 1,172,390
 Ecuador 15,439,429
Egypt 85,294,388
El Salvador 6,108,590
 Estonia 1,266,375
Ethiopia 93,877,025
Falkland Islands 3,140
 Federated States of Micronesia 106,104
 Fiji 896,758
Finland 5,266,114
France 65,951,611
 French Guiana 239,450
 French Polynesia 277,293
Germany 81,147,265
Ghana 22,931,299
Greece 10,772,967
 Guam 160,378
Guatemala 14,373,472
Guinea 11,176,026
 Guyana 739,903
 Haiti 9,893,934
Honduras 8,448,465
Hong Kong 7,182,724
 Hungary 9,939,470
Iceland 315,281
India 1,220,800,359
Indonesia 251,160,124
Iran 79,853,900
Iraq 31,858,481
 Ireland 4,775,982
Israel 7,707,042
Italy 61,482,297
 Jamaica 2,909,714
Japan 127,253,075
Jordan 6,482,081
Kazakhstan 17,736,896
Kenya 44,037,656
North Korea 24,720,407
South Korea 48,955,203
Kuwait 2,695,316
Kyrgyzstan 5,548,042
Laos 6,695,166
 Latvia 2,178,443
Lebanon 4,131,583
Lesotho 1,936,181
Liberia 3,989,703
Libya 6,002,347
Liechtenstein 37,009
 Lithuania 3,515,858
 Luxembourg 514,862
Macau 583,003
 Macedonia 2,087,171
Madagascar 22,599,098
Malawi 16,777,547
Malaysia 29,628,392
Maldives 393,988
Mali 15,968,882
 Malta 411,277
 Martinique 403,795
Mauritius 1,322,238
Mexico 116,220,947
Mongolia 3,226,516
 Montenegro 653,474
Morocco 32,649,130
Mozambique 24,096,669
Namibia 2,182,852
 Nauru 9,434
Nepal 30,430,267
Netherlands 16,805,037
 New Caledonia 264,022
 New Zealand 4,365,113
Nicaragua 5,788,531
Nigeria 174,507,539
 Northern Mariana Islands 51,170
Norway 4,722,701
Oman 3,154,134
Pakistan 193,238,868
 Palau 21,108
Palestine 4,293,313
Panama 3,559,408
 Papua New Guinea 6,431,902
 Paraguay 6,623,252
 Peru 29,849,303
Philippines 98,215,000
Poland 38,383,809
 Portugal 10,799,270
 Puerto Rico 3,674,209
Qatar 2,042,444
Réunion 839,500
 Romania 21,790,479
Russia 142,500,482
Saudi Arabia 26,939,583
Senegal 12,521,851
 Serbia 10,150,265
Seychelles 90,846
Sierra Leone 5,612,685
Singapore 5,460,302
Slovakia 5,488,339
Slovenia 1,992,690
 Solomon Islands 597,248
South Africa 48,601,098
 Spain 47,370,542
Sri Lanka 21,675,648
Sudan 34,847,910
 Suriname 566,846
Swaziland 1,403,362
Sweden 9,119,423
Switzerland 7,996,026
Taiwan 23,299,716
Tajikistan 7,910,041
Tanzania 48,261,942
Thailand 67,448,120
Togo 7,154,237
 Tonga 106,322
Tunisia 10,835,873
 Trinidad and Tobago 1,225,225
Turkey 80,694,485
Turkmenistan 5,113,040
 Tuvalu 10,698
Uganda 34,758,809
Ukraine 44,573,205
United Arab Emirates 5,473,972
United Kingdom 63,395,574
United States 316,668,567
 Uruguay 3,324,460
US Virgin Islands 104,737
Uzbekistan 28,661,637
 Vanuatu 261,565
Venezuela 28,459,085
Vietnam 92,477,857
Yemen 25,408,288
Zambia 14,222,233
Zimbabwe 13,182,908
TOTAL 7,095,217,980 Pew: 7.1% Pew: 487,540,000

By region

Buddhism by region in 2010[1]
Region Estimated total population Estimated Buddhist population %
Asia-Pacific 4,054,990,000 481,290,000 11.9%
North America 344,530,000 3,860,000 1.1%
Europe 742,550,000 1,330,000 0.2%
Middle East-North Africa 341,020,000 500,000 0.1%
Latin America-Caribbean 590,080,000 410,000 <0.1%
Total 6,895,890,000 487,540,000 7.1%

Ten countries with the largest Buddhist populations

Countries with the largest Buddhist populations as of 2010[1]
Country Estimated Buddhist population % of the total population of the country % of world Buddhist population
China 244,130,000 18.2% 46.4%
Japan[8] 84,653,000 67% 16.1%
Thailand 64,420,000 93.2% 12.2%
Myanmar 38,410,000 80.1% 7.3%
Sri Lanka 14,450,000 69.3% 2.8%
Vietnam 14,380,000 16.4% 2.7%
Cambodia 13,690,000 96.9% 2.9%
South Korea 11,050,000 22.9% 2.1%
India 9,250,000 0.8% 1.8%
Malaysia 5,010,000 17.7% 1%
Subtotal for the ten countries 499,465,520 18.1% 94.9%
Subtotal for the rest of the world 26,920,000 0.7% 5.1%
World total 526,373,000 7.3% 100%

note : Exact number of followers when calculating Buddhists varies because Buddhism is often mixed with the native East Asian religions in their respective countries for example in Japan the number of Buddhists when calculating including the Shintoists would ramp the percentage of Buddhists in Japan from 67% to >98%.

See also

Other religions:

General:

External links

  • The US State Department's International Religious Freedom Report 2010
  • CIA FactBook
  • adherents.com

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Pew Research Center, Global Religious Landscape: Buddhists.
  2. ^ Johnson, Todd M.; Grim, Brian J. (2013). The World's Religions in Figures: An Introduction to International Religious Demography (PDF). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 34–37. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Harvey, Peter (2013). An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices (2nd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 5.  
  4. ^ Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life (December 2012), The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Major Religious Groups as of 2010 (PDF), Pew Research Center, retrieved 9 October 2013 
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ [5]
  7. ^ : Populations as of July 2013The World FactbookCIA's
  8. ^ [6]