67% of Chinese citizens do not believe in God, study finds

    Updated: June 5, 2018 at 4:42 pm EST  See Comments

    China is the country with the least number of people with belief in God while more than 70 percent of people in the world say they believe, according to a survey by Gallup International, which studied 68 countries across the world.

    The study, which explored religious tendencies of 66,000 people in 68 countries across the world in 2017, has found that 67 percent of Chinese citizens do not believe in religion; only 9 percent identify as religious, according to The Inquirer.

    China is followed by Japan, where 29 percent of the population doesn’t believe in God; Slovenia with 28 percent; Czech Republic with 25 percent and South Korea with 23 percent.

    Contrary to popular notions, European countries still have large numbers of believers. In Belgium and France only 21 percent do not believe in religion. In Sweden, it stands at 18 percent and in Iceland 17 percent, according to Gallup.

    In Thailand — the world’s most religious country, according to the survey — 98 percent of the people declare themselves to be religious.

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