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Sri Lanka is one of the most religious countries in the world as 99 percent of Sri Lankans who were questioned in a survey had said they feel religious, the Telegraph reported today. 

The Telegraph UK had utilized the results of three Gallup polls taken in 2008, 2009 and 2015. Each asked respondents whether or not they felt religious; for each country they've included the most recent figures available.

According to the surveys, five countries tie for the title of most religious. In each of Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger and Yemen, 99 per cent of those questioned answered "yes". 

Burundi, Djibouti, Mauritania and Somalia saw 98 per cent reply in saying yes to being religious. 

The survey results showed faith is important to many southern European countries too, with 74 per cent of Italians and 71 per cent of Greek claiming to feel religious.

Poland stands out against the rest of Europe, with 86 per cent answering "yes" to the poll; Paraguay would appear to be South America's most religious country. 

Around three in 10 Britons feel religious, it suggests, compared to 56 per cent of Americans. 

The least religious country was China with only seven per cent, followed by Japan, Estonia, Sweden, Norway and the Czech Republic.


  Comments - 35

  • antonio Monday, 17 April 2017 05:41 AM

    Most evident conclusion from the chart: Success is inversely proportional to being religious. The less religious you are, greater the development of your country. Sri Lanka aligns with Africa. All other developed nations are less religious.

    ravin Sunday, 16 April 2017 09:30 AM

    Yes, we have temples,churches,mosques,kovils ,devalayas every corner of this country. Those are religious buildings. But everyone dose opposite what all religions teach us to do.

    Smasher19 Sunday, 16 April 2017 01:19 PM

    There's a big difference between "religious" and "self righteous"...

    Richard Sunday, 16 April 2017 02:49 PM

    We become spiritual only when we have a live connection with God

    lokka Sunday, 16 April 2017 02:59 PM

    nowadays religion only creating violence and unrest all over the world

    Shelly. Sunday, 16 April 2017 06:47 PM

    Being religious is pure stupidity. But following the essence of teaching of a Spiritual Leader takes one to Super Hights. Such men are scarse. via DM Android App

    Ravip123456 Sunday, 16 April 2017 07:43 PM

    A super example of religiousness can be observed on our roads! The buses, cars, trishaws all display many pictures of religion!Who really is responsible for this survey and how much money was earned by this?LOL LOL

    Upali Wickramamsinghe Monday, 17 April 2017 12:10 AM

    Is this a joke?

    Dot Monday, 17 April 2017 03:18 AM

    How religious are we when we do not think that dumping our waste to be an health hazard to others is ok .How com our religions do not influence us on the cruel reality of selling hard drugs to our youth and the down side of amassing wealth by looting the common funds on perks when our own is left with hardly anything ?

    Sambo Sunday, 16 April 2017 09:20 AM

    yes! Our people have become more religious now because they want to runaway from the curse of the politicians.

    sacre blieu Monday, 17 April 2017 09:46 AM

    Today the politicians in tow with ambitious politically oriented members of the clergy, whose place of worship look more of a castle than a place of simplicity and tranquil atmosphere, use religion as a showcase to cover their blackened images , and other corrupt sidekicks use it as a veil drawn over their dump of sins.

    karigalan Monday, 17 April 2017 10:03 AM

    This is the curse for Sri Lanka. All develop countries don't much bother about religion. Human values play important role In SL religion is a pride people protect Religion not follow...

    MP Monday, 17 April 2017 10:19 AM

    May be most religious. But there are no positive changes in people's attitudes and behaviour.

    Notsure Monday, 17 April 2017 12:32 PM

    This survey is not correct and does not give a clear result of the subject. When someone ask you if you are religious they would definitely answer yes...but a religious person should practise his religion on a daily basis throughout his life. So he would not take bribe or give bribe, drink alcohol, gamble, kill someone, rob someone, cheat someone etc...

    Janaka Monday, 17 April 2017 03:33 PM

    Another reason to hide behind religion and commit the worst forms of corruption, violence and injustice. Only God knows the hypocrisy found in Sri Lanka.Janaka

    Rhonda Taylor Monday, 17 April 2017 04:21 PM

    People do seem to be going to temples, churches and Kovils. But when they come home they are devils. Ill - treatment towards their old parents, children, wives and even being in-human towards animals. Look at the way our stray dogs are treated. Sometimes our animals have more sympathy towards other animals - But our people now are worse than dogs - sorry to say this and live in this country.

    samitha Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:43 AM

    Yes we very religious. Example is our Clergy.

    sachin Saturday, 22 April 2017 12:54 PM

    Thats why sri lankans are so freaky ..

    Anton Saturday, 15 April 2017 11:12 PM

    Another survey might release as Sri Lanka is one of worlds most currupted country. via DM Android App

    AjithZ Saturday, 15 April 2017 09:56 PM

    Just by having a religion does not mean that one is religious. Our problem is, most are not practicing it. If you need examples, just look at our politicians.

    dilan Saturday, 15 April 2017 09:59 PM

    the least religious countries are the most peaceful places

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Saturday, 15 April 2017 10:00 PM

    Yes We are Sri Lankans. We will lead this world not with bombs but with Humanity.

    Jegan Saturday, 15 April 2017 10:05 PM

    Look at the map all least developed countries are veryreligious. Russia was a very religious country which waspoor and worshiping its Royal family about 100 years ago.It dropped the religion and became an industrialised nation.

    kumara Saturday, 15 April 2017 10:37 PM

    yes we are religious... same time no 1 in alcohol... hahah i can't stop laughing

    ANTON Saturday, 15 April 2017 10:39 PM


    seqi Saturday, 15 April 2017 10:45 PM

    Religion appears to go hand in hand with rubbish dumps and domestic violence via DM Android App

    Jonson Saturday, 15 April 2017 11:01 PM

    Couple of years back on this same DM braking news released a world survey on ratio basis Sri Lanka is the most highest liquor consuming country in world. via DM Android App

    dingo Saturday, 15 April 2017 09:26 PM

    LOL... via DM Android App

    Lankaboy Saturday, 15 April 2017 11:20 PM

    we live with stupidity. I don't think we lead with anything, if so that would be stupidity as well. we have to take this stupid subject called religion from school syllabus, what a waste of time..from year 1-11. we should introduce anything useful subjects. let the religion be in bansla, kovil and mosque.

    lankaboy Saturday, 15 April 2017 11:26 PM

    No religion subject even in indian school syllabus. but we waste a valuable time from year 1-year 11. then we waste more time in schools and universities, when we graduate it is minimum 24 , while a student from indian graduates at is hard for a average guy from Sri Lanka to compete in carrier with any other foreigners.

    Ranjith Sunday, 16 April 2017 05:34 AM

    And we are one of the most racist as well.

    Marie Sunday, 16 April 2017 08:21 AM

    How ironic. We let our people die under rubbish BUT we are religious.

    ceylon Sunday, 16 April 2017 08:23 AM

    my god.meat eatingbeer arak drinking stealing cheating killing buddhist country.come to lanka and see how religious it is. via DM Android App

    Bala Sunday, 16 April 2017 08:27 AM

    With all this religiosity in Sri Lanka, where are we - economically or in minumum crime per capita. If 99% religious and practice a religion, then only 200,000 irreligious upto crime ? Take all the politicos at national and provincial levels and the underworld, how many are left. Good example Weerawansa and the Priests trying to corcumvent law recently with a fast. Give me New Zealand,, followed by Japan, Estonia, Sweden, Norway

    Rish Sunday, 16 April 2017 09:14 AM

    Identifying with a religion has little meaning. If this was a good thing Sri Lanka would be more livable than many European countries. This only goes to show that people who claim to be more religious are easier to be manipulated and more often than not tend to live in a bubble of their own making based on their beliefs which more often are not aligned with actual doctrine.

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