Africa is now home to the most number of Christians in the world. An infographic by Center for the Study of Global Christianity (@CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary shows that more than 631 million Christians reside in Africa, comprising 45% of the continent’s population.
Latin America is estimated to have 601 million Christians. Though a smaller number compared to Africa, it represents the majority of the continent at 92%.
According to WorldAtlas.com, as of 2017 the top 10 African countries with Christianity as the highest percentage of the national population are:
- São Tomé and Príncipe (Central Africa) – 97.0%
- Democratic Republic of the Congo (Central Africa) – 95.8%
- Angola (Central Africa) – 95.0%
- Rwanda (East Africa) – 93.6%
- Seychelles (East Africa) – 93.1%
- Equatorial Guinea (Central Africa) – 93.0%
- Lesotho (Southern Africa) – 90.0%
- Namibia (Southern Africa) – 90.0%
- Swaziland (Southern Africa) – 90.0%
- Zambia (East Africa) – 87.0%
After Africa and Latin America, third on the list of the continents with the most Christians in 2018 is Europe with 571 million (77% of the population), Asia with 388 million Christians (9%), North America with 277 million Christians (76%), and Oceania with 29 million Christians (71%).
For the purposes of its data collection, the Center for the Study of Global Christianity identified those as “Christian” to include Catholics, Protestants, Independents and Orthodox. Excluded are “unaffiliated” Christians and “double-counted.” Catholics have the highest percentage of followers worldwide (49% of Christians), followed by Protestants (22%), Independents (17%), and Orthodox (12%).
As of 2015, Christianity is still the world’s largest religion, according to Pew Research Center. Christians make up 31.2% (2.4 billion people) of the world’s population (7.6 billion).
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