Barbados

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Religious Adherents1

Barbados Caribbean World
Baha'i 1.2% 0.2% 0.1%
Buddhist 0.0% 0.0% 5.8%
Chinese Universalist 0.0% 0.1% 5.8%
Christian 95.5% 83.1% 33.3%
Confucianist 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Ethnoreligionist 0.0% 0.0% 4.0%
Hindu 0.3% 0.9% 13.6%
Jain 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Jewish 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Muslim 0.8% 0.3% 20.8%
Shintoist 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Sikh 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Spiritist 0.0% 6.8% 0.2%
Taoist 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Zoroastrian 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Other Religions 0.2% 0.0% 1.6%
Neo-religions 0.2% 0.0% --
Non-religious 1.7% 6.8% 11.7%
Atheist 0.2% 1.8% 2.3%

Religious Demography

The country has an area of 166 square miles and a population of 277,000. According to the most resent official census in 2000, more than 95 percent of the population is considered Christian, although persons may not be active in any particular denomination. The Anglican Church constitutes the largest religious group, with 70,000 members; an estimated 67 percent are active in the Church. The next largest group is the Seventh-day Adventists, numbering 16,000 members, 10,000 of whom are active. There are 11,000 Roman Catholics; an estimated 20 percent are active. Pentecostals numbered 7,000; more than 50 percent are active. Methodists numbered 5,000 according to church officials, although many more claimed Methodist affiliation in the previous official census; an estimated 60 percent of members are active. There are 2,500 members of Jehovah's Witnesses; more than 95 percent are active. Baptists, Moravians, and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are present in small numbers. The number of non-Christians is small. There are 4,000 Muslims, most of whom are immigrants or descendants of immigrants from the Indian state of Gujarat. A few immigrants from Guyana, Trinidad, South Asia, and the Middle East, as well as 200 Barbadians, comprise the rest of the growing Muslim community. There are three mosques and an Islamic center. Other minority religious groups include Rastafarians, Hindus, Buddhists, and members of the Baha'i Faith.2

Sources

Note: All country histories and flags were obtained from The World Factbook, 2008.

1.  The World Christian Database (WCD) is based on the 2600-page award-winning World Christian Encyclopedia and World Christian Trends, first published in 1982 and revised in 2001. This extensive work on World religion is now completely updated and integrated into the WCD online database. Designed for both the casual user and research scholar, information is readily available on religious activities, growth rates, religious literature, worker activity, and demographic statistics. Additional secular data is incorporated on population, health, education, and communications. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. Used with permission.

2.  The U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom report is submitted to Congress annually by the Department of State in compliance with Section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. This report supplements the most recent Human Rights Reports by providing additional detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom. It includes individual country chapters on the status of religious freedom worldwide. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. These State Department reports are open source.