Venezuela Religion

Venezuela Religion

Religious freedom prevails by law and it is usually respected in practice as well. Traditionally, Catholicism is the dominant religion, but the percentage of Protestants is increasing rapidly. The trend with a reduced proportion of Catholics in the population is the same as in the rest of Latin America. In a 2011 survey, 71 percent […]

Uruguay Religion

Uruguay Religion

The state and church are separate Uruguay and religious freedom prevails. More than half of the residents identify as Christians, most of whom are Catholics, but many do not actively believe. The percentage of non-believers is highest in Latin America. The Catholic Church has traditionally dominated the religious community, but the state and the church […]

Suriname Religion

Suriname Religion

Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the constitution and is generally respected by the authorities. Nearly half the population is considered Christian and Hindus make up the second largest group. Among Christians, Catholics are the largest individual group, but various Protestant communities gather a total of more. More than 22 percent of Surinamese identified themselves […]

Peru Religion

Peru Religion

Religious freedom prevails and Catholic Christianity is the dominant religion. However, a large proportion of Christians practice a religion that mixes Catholic beliefs with rituals from traditional Native American natural religions. Eight out of ten Peruvians claim to be Roman Catholic professors, but for the past twenty years the Catholic Church has lost followers to […]

Paraguay Religion

Paraguay Religion

A large majority of Paraguayans are Catholics. The majority of other residents belong to Protestant communities, including the Mennonite Church. Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Constitution. The Catholic Church has great influence in society. During the Stroessner dictatorship (1954–1989), the church was the only independent institution that was not banned, despite its harsh […]

Guyana Religion

Guyana Religion

Religious freedom prevails in Guyana and is well respected. Christianity dominates and is found in all ethnic groups, but around a quarter of the population is Hindu. The largest among many Christian communities is Pentecostal church. The proportion of Christians is increasing and is now estimated at two thirds of the population. It is mainly […]

Ecuador Religion

Ecuador Religion

As early as 1904, the Catholic Church was separated from the state of Ecuador, but the church still has influence in society and religion is of great importance to most Ecuadorians. The Spanish brought with them the Catholic faith and today more than 90 percent of the population profess to do so. The original religions […]

Costa Rica Religion

Costa Rica Religion

Catholicism is a state religion in Costa Rica, but since 2004 the Catholic Church no longer receives any direct government grants. Freedom of religion is guaranteed in the Constitution and it is also respected. The Catholics are in the clear majority, but the Costa Ricans are quite secularized compared to the residents of many of […]

Colombia Religion

Colombia Religion

According to the Constitution, freedom of religion prevails and it is also respected in practice. Most are Catholics, although the Catholic Church was formally separated from the state by the Constitution adopted in 1991. There are no official statistics on religious affiliation, but it is estimated that 75-80 percent of the population are Catholic and […]

Chile Religion

Chile Religion

Nearly two-thirds of Chileans are Catholics. Since the early 1970s, Protestant communities, mainly Pentecostal churches, have gained many new members. A minority of the indigenous people have resisted all forms of Christian mission and hold on to their traditional religion, which is similar to shamanism, the belief that nature is soul. Catholicism came to Chile […]