Islam - percentage by country

Islam is the world's second largest religion after Christianity with over 1.0-1.8 billion adherents, comprising 20-25% of the world population while most estimates figures that there are 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide.

Islam is the predominant religion in the Middle East, some parts of Africa and Asia. Large communities are also found in Islam, the Balkan Peninsula in Eastern Europe and Islam. There are also large Muslim immigrant communities in other parts of the world, such as Western Europe, where Islam is the second largest religion after Christianity. About 20% of Muslims live in Arab countries, 30% in the India and 15.6% in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country by population.

Around 30 to 40 countries in the world are Muslim-majority. South Asia and Southeast Asia contain the most populous Muslim countries, with Indonesia, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh having more than 100 million adherents each. According to U.S. government figures, in 2006 there were 20 million Muslims in China. In the Middle East, the non-Arab countries of Turkey and Iran are the largest Muslim-majority countries; in Africa, Egypt and Nigeria have the most populous Muslim communities., the CIA World Factbook, and Adherents.com . In cases of conflicting estimates, the average of lowest and highest estimates was calculated. The total population of each country was taken from 2007 estimates on Census.gov .

By country[edit | edit source]

Region Country or Territory Population (2007)  % Muslim Total number of Muslims
South Asia Islam 32,738,376 99% 31,571,023
Southern Europe Islam 3,619,778 58% 2,004,480
North Africa Islam 33,769,668 99% 32,999,884
Southern Africa Islam 12,531,357 0.70% 85,845
South America Islam 40,482,000 1.5% 604,529
Caucasus Islam 2,968,586 n/a n/a
Oceania Islam 21,007,310 1.7% 347,381
Central Europe Islam 8,199,783 4.2% 344,391
Caucasus Islam 8,120,247 93.4% - 96% 7,584,311 - 7,795,437
Middle East Islam 708,573 81.2% (overall) - 98% (citizen) 575,361 - 463,996
South Asia Islam 150,448,339 88.3% - 89.7% 132,446,365 - 134,952,160
Eastern Europe Islam 9,724,723 0.1% 9,724
Western Europe Islam 10,392,226 4% 415,689
Central America Islam 294,385 0.58% 1,707
West Africa Islam 8,078,314 20% - 24.4% 1,615,663 - 1,971,109
South Asia Islam 2,327,849 0.5% 11,639
South America Islam 9,119,152 0.01% 912
Balkans Islam 4,552,198 40% - 45% 1,820,879 - 2,048,489
Southern Africa Islam 1,815,508 0.2% 3,631
South America Islam 190,010,647 0.016% 30,402
Southeast Asia Islam 374,577 64% 239,729
Balkans Islam 7,322,858 12.2% 893,389
West Africa Islam 14,326,203 50% - 55% 7,163,102 - 7,879,412
Central Africa Islam 8,390,505 10% 839,051
Southeast Asia Islam 13,995,904 3.5% 489,857
West Africa Islam 18,060,382 20% - 22% 3,612,076 - 3,973,284
North America Islam 33,390,141 2% 667,803
Central Africa Islam 4,369,038 15% - 20% 655,356 - 873,808
Central Africa Islam 9,885,661 51% 5,041,678
South America Islam 16,284,741 0.02% 3,257
East Asia Islam 1,321,851,888 1.5% 19,827,778
South America Islam 44,379,598 0.024% 10,651
East Africa Islam 711,417 98% 657,822
Central Africa Islam 3,800,610 2% 76,012
Central Africa Islam 65,751,512 5% - 10% 3,287,576 - 6,575,151
Central America Islam 4,133,884 0.1% 4,134
West Africa Islam 18,013,409 35% - 40% 6,304,693 - 7,205,364
Balkans Islam 4,493,312 1.3% 58,413
North America Islam 11,394,043 0.008% 912
Southern Europe Islam 788,457 18% 141,922
Central Europe Islam 10,228,744 0.1% 10,229
Western Europe Islam 5,468,120 2% - 3.7% 109,362 - 202,320
East Africa Islam 496,374 94% - 99% 466,592 - 491,410
Caribbean Islam 9,365,818 0.02% 1,873
South East Asia Islam 1,084,971 1% 10,850
South America Islam 13,755,680 0.002% 275
North Africa Islam 80,335,036 90% 72,301,532 - 75,514,933
Central America Islam 6,948,073 0.03% 2,084
East Africa Islam 4,906,585 48% - 60% 2,189,567 - 2,943,951
Eastern Europe Islam 1,315,912 0.4% 5,264
East Africa Islam 76,511,887 32.8% - 45% 25,095,899 - 34,430,349
Oceania Islam 918,675 7% 64,307
Western Europe Islam 5,238,460 0.40% 20,654
Western Europe Islam 63,718,187 6.9% - 10% 4,396,555 - 6,371,819
West Africa Islam 1,454,867 1% 14,549
West Africa Islam 1,688,359 90% - 95% 1,519,523 - 1,603,941
Caucasus Islam 4,646,003 9.9% 459,954
Western Europe Islam 82,400,996 3.9% 3,213,639
West Africa Islam 22,931,299 15.6% 3,577,283
Balkans Islam 10,706,290 1.3% 139,182
Caribbean Islam 89,971 0.3% 270
Central America Islam 12,728,111 0.008% 1,018
West Africa Islam 9,947,814 85% 8,455,642
West Africa Islam 1,472,780 45% 662,751
South America Islam 769,095 7.2% 55,375
Caribbean Islam 8,706,497 0.02% 1,741
Central America Islam 7,483,763 0.04% 2,994
Central Europe Islam 9,956,108 0.03% 3,201
Western Europe Islam 301,931 0.1% 302
South Asia Islam 1,129,866,154 13.4% 151,402,065
Southeast Asia Islam 234,693,997 85.2% - 88.20% 199,959,285 - 207,000,105
Middle East Islam 65,397,521 98% 64,089,570
Middle East Islam 27,499,638 97% 26,674,649
Western Europe Islam 4,109,086 0.49% 20,135
Middle East Islam 6,426,679 12% - 16% 771,201 - 1,028,269
Western Europe Islam 58,147,733 1.4% - 10% 11,331 - 113,307
Western Europe Islam 9,031,088 3% 270,933
Western Europe Islam 7,554,661 4.3% 324,850
Middle East Islam 19,314,747 90% 17,383,272
East Asia Islam 22,858,872 0.3% 45,717
Central Asia Islam 7,076,598 90% 6,368,938
East Africa Islam 39,384,223 35% - 40% 13,784,478 - 15,753,689
Southeast Asia Islam 65,068,149 4.6% 2,993,135
West Africa Islam 5,701,579 13.7% - 20% 781,116 - 1,140,316
Central America Islam 1,056,608 5.8% 61,283
North Africa Islam 10,276,158 98% 10,070,635
Southern Europe Islam 71,517,100 99% 70,800,000
Central Asia Islam 5,097,028 89% 4,536,355
East Africa Islam 30,262,610 12.1% 3,661,775
Eastern Europe Islam 46,299,862 1.1% 500,000
Middle East Islam 4,444,011 61.75% - 76% 2,744,177 - 3,377,448
Western Europe Islam 60,776,238 2.7% - 3.3% 1,640,958 - 2,000,000
North America Islam 301,139,947 0.6% - 1% 1,806,840 - 3,011,399
Caribbean Islam 3,944,259 0.13% 5,128
South America Islam 3,460,607 0.01% 346
Central Asia Islam 27,780,059 88% 24,446,452
Oceania Islam 208,900 0.1% 209
South America Islam 26,023,528 0.35% 91,082
Southeast Asia Islam 85,262,356 0.079% 67,357
Middle East Islam 4,018,332 83.74% 3,365,079
North Africa Islam 382,617 99.8% 381,852
Middle East Islam 22,230,531 99% 22,008,225
Southern Africa Islam 11,477,447 less than 1% 114,774
Southern Africa Islam 12,311,143 less than 1% 123,111
Total 6,671,226,000 21.731% - 22.674% 1,449,765,439 - 1,512,655,647

By region[edit | edit source]

These percentages were calculated by using the above numbers. The first percentage, 4th column, is the percentage of population that is Muslim in a region (Muslims in the region * 100/total population of the region). The last column shows the Muslim percentage compared to the total Muslim population of the world (Muslims in the region * 100/total Muslim population of the world).

(Note: Egypt, Sudan, and the Arab Maghreb countries are counted as part of North Africa, not Middle East).

Islam
Region Total Population Muslims  % Muslim  % of Muslim total
Central Africa 15.714% 0.852%
East Africa 28.859% 4.497%
North Africa 89.579% 12.199%
Southern Africa 1.639% 0.605%
West Africa 50.783% 9.077%
Total 45.762% 27.23%
Islam
Region Total Population Muslims  % Muslim  % of Muslim total
Central Asia 82.707% 5.155%
East Asia 2.592% 2.683%
Middle East 91.791% 17.085%
South Asia 28.947% 28.184%
Southeast Asia 41.931% 16.228%
Total 26.222% 69.336%
Islam
Region Total Population Muslims  % Muslim  % of Muslim total
Balkans 12.483% 0.553%
Central Europe 0.7% 0.035%
Eastern Europe 10.256% 1.479%
Western Europe 3.613% 0.92%
Total 6.052% 2.987%
Islam in Islam and Islam
Region Total Population Muslims  % Muslim  % of Muslim total
Caribbean 0.067% 0.001%
Central America 0.199% 0.006%
North America 1.147% 0.347%
South America 1.073% 0.269%
Total 1.101% 0.822%
Islam
Region Total Population Muslims  % Muslim  % of Muslim total
Oceania 1.22% 0.025%

By largest population[edit | edit source]

Following is a list of countries with largest Muslim population on left and highest percentage of Muslim population in the country on the right.

By Population By Percentage (citizens only)
Rank Country Muslim Population  % Muslim Country  % Muslim Muslim Population
1 Indonesia 207,000,105 88.20% Saudi Arabia 100% 26,417,599
2 Pakistan 159,799,666 97% Afghanistan 99% 31,571,023
3 India 151,402,065 13.4% Somalia 100% 8,591,629
4 Bangladesh 132,446,365 88% Maldives 99.9% 348,756
5 Egypt 70,530,237 85% Western Sahara 99.8% 272,461
6 Turkey 70,800,000 99% Turkey 99% 70,800,000
7 Nigeria 64,385,994 45% Iran 98% 67,337,681
8 Iran 64,089,571 98% Algeria 99% 32,206,534
9 Algeria 32,999,883 99% Mauritania 99% 3,083,772
10 Morocco 32,300,410 99% Yemen 99% 20,519,792
11 Afghanistan 31,571,023 99% Tunisia 99% 9,974,201
12 Saudi Arabia 26,417,599 100% Oman 99% 2,971,567
13 Sudan 26,121,865 65% Comoros 99% 664,534
14 Iraq 25,292,658 97% Djibouti 99% 471,935
15 Uzbekistan 23,897,563 89% Morocco 98.7% 32,300,410
16 Ethiopia 22,533,500 31.2% Pakistan 98% 162,487,489
17 Russia 21,513,046 15% Libya 97% 5,592,596
18 Yemen 20,519,792 99% Iraq 97% 25,292,658
19 China 19,594,707 1.5% Tajikistan 95% 6,805,330
20 Syria 16,234,901 88% Jordan 95% 5,471,745
21 Malaysia 14,467,694 60.4% Qatar 95% 819,898
22 Tanzania 12,868,224 35% Senegal 94% 10,459,222
23 Mali 11,062,376 90% Azerbaijan 93.4% 7,584,311
24 Niger 10,499,343 90% Bahrain 93.1% 659,682
25 Senegal 10,459,222 94% Egypt 91% 70,530,237
26 Tunisia 9,974,201 99% Mali 90% 11,062,376
27 Somalia 8,548,670 99% Niger 90% 10,499,343
28 Guinea 8,047,686 85% Gambia 95% 1,433,930
29 Azerbaijan 7,584,311 93.4% Uzbekistan 89% 23,897,563
30 Burkina Faso 7,449,626 52% Turkmenistan 89% 4,407,352
31 Kazakhstan 7,137,346 47% Indonesia 88.2% 207,000,105
32 Tajikistan 6,805,330 95% Bangladesh 88% 127,001,272
33 Côte d'Ivoire 6,677,043 38.6% Syria 88% 16,234,901
34 Congo (Kinshasa) 6,008,500 10% Guinea 85% 8,047,686
35 Libya 5,592,596 97% Kuwait 85% 1,985,300
36 Jordan 5,471,745 95% West Bank and Gaza 84% 3,159,999
37 Chad 5,306,266 54% Kyrgyzstan 80% 4,117,024
38 United States 4,558,068 1.5% United Arab Emirates 76% 1,948,041
39 Turkmenistan 4,407,352 89% Albania 70% 2,508,277
40 Philippines 4,392,873 5% Brunei 64.5% 241,602
41 France 4,214,790 6.9% Sudan 65% 26,121,865
42 Kyrgyzstan 4,117,024 80% Malaysia 60.4% 14,467,694
43 Uganda 4,090,422 15% Sierra Leone 60% 3,610,585
44 Mozambique 3,881,340 20% Lebanon 55% 2,142,570
45 Sierra Leone 3,610,585 60% Burkina Faso 52% 7,449,626
46 Ghana 3,364,776 16% Chad 54% 5,306,266
47 Cameroon 3,276,001 20% Nigeria 50% 64,385,994
48 Thailand 3,272,218 5% Eritrea 50% 2,280,799
50 Mauritania 3,083,772 99.9% Ethiopia 50% 37,533,500
51 Germany 3,049,961 3.7% Bosnia 40% 1,820,879
52 Oman 2,971,567 99% Côte d'Ivoire 38.6% 6,677,043
53 Albania 2,004,480 58% Guinea 38% 538,090
54 Malawi 2,431,784 20% Tanzania 35% 12,868,224
55 Kenya 2,368,071 7% Macedonia 33.3% 685,305
56 Eritrea 2,280,799 50% Suriname 22% 96,391
57 Serbia and Montenegro 2,274,126 21% Serbia and Montenegro 21% 2,274,126
58 Lebanon 2,142,570 55% Mozambique 20% 3,881,340
59 Kuwait 1,985,300 85% Cameroon 20% 3,276,001
60 United Arab Emirates 1,948,041 76% Malawi 20% 2,431,784

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • US State Department's International Religious Freedom Report 2006 [1]
  • CIA FactBook [2]
  • adherents.com [3]
  • Religious Freedom page [4]
  • Religious Intelligence [5]
  • Population of Country from census.gov[6]
  • Muslim Population Percentage from U.S Dept. of State[7]


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