Christianity


Definition

Christianity

The data shows the percentage of Christians by country for the year 2010. Also displayed are sub-religions of Christianity: Independent, Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic, as a percentage by country for the same year.

For display purposes the data shows the major religions, displayed as a percentage (over 1 percent) by country. Countries where data is less than 1 percent are shown in grey.

Data Definition: 

Christians - Followers of Jesus Christ, including: (a) Roman Catholics; (b) Protestants; (c) Orthodox; (d) Independents; and (e) unaffiliated.

Christians: Independent - Followers of one of Christianity's four major traditions, consisting of Christians separate from historic, organised, institutionalised, and/or denominational Christianity (namely Orthodox, Protestant, and Roman Catholic).

Christians: Orthodox - Followers of one of Christianity's four major traditions, in four sub-traditions: (1) Eastern (Chalcedonian); (2) Oriental (Pre-Chalcedonian, Non-Chalcedonian, Monophysite); (3) Nestorian (Assyrian); and (4) non-historical Orthodox.

Christians: Protestant - Followers of one of Christianity's 4 major traditions, consisting of Christians in churches originating in, or reformulated at the time of, or in communion with the 16th-century Protestant Reformation in Europe, including the Anglican Communion; usually called Evangéliques (French), Evangelische (German), Evangélicos (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish), though not usually Evangelicals (in English).

Christians: Roman Catholic - Followers of one of Christianity's four major traditions, consisting of all Christians in communion with the Church of Rome.

Data Source: Todd M. Johnson and Brian J. Grim, eds. World Religion Database (Leiden/Boston: Brill, August 2014) / World Religion Database: Standard names and definitions for top-level religions and sub-religions, November 2014.

Data Methodology: Read more on the specific methodology and definitions for this data at the the World Religion Database.