Religious restrictions vary significantly in the world’s most populous countries

Restrictions against religious groups in the world’s 25 most populous countries — where more than 5 billion of the globe’s roughly 7.5 billion people live — vary greatly, from some of the lowest in the world (Brazil and Japan) to among the very highest (Russia and Egypt).

In addition to Russia and Egypt, India, Pakistan and Nigeria also had some of the highest levels of religious restrictions among this group of most populous countries, according to Pew Research Center’s In India, for example, some state governments restricted religious conversion and others banned cow slaughter. (Many Hindus view cows as sacred, …read more

Source: Pew Research

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