Freedom of religion is enshrined in the Constitution and respected by the state. The majority of the population is Christian.
According to the latest breeding count from 2011, 53 percent of Dominicans profess Catholicism, a legacy of the time as a French colony. Protestants make up around 20 percent. Among the Protestants, the Pentecostal friends and Baptists are the largest community. Another large group is the Seventh-day Adventists.
In the country there are also small groups of Muslims, Jews, Hindus and people who confess to Bahai, a religion with roots in Iran but who in the 19th century broke with Islam and developed their own belief system. The dread movement (see JAMAICA: Religion) is also represented. The Rastafari movement’s supporters are on a collision course with the government regarding the use of the drug marijuana, which is prohibited by law but used in the rastafarian ceremonies.
- Countryaah: Population statistics for 2020 and next 30 years in Dominica, covering demographics, population graphs, and official data for growth rates, population density, and death rates.