Iceland Among Top 10 Most Atheist Countries - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland Among Top 10 Most Atheist Countries

Published July 25, 2013

Iceland is the 9th most atheist country according to an opinion poll conducted by WIN-Gallup International.
The poll posed the question “irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious person or a convinced atheist?”
In responding to the question, Icelanders proved themselves to be 57% religious, 31% ‘not religious,’ and 10% atheist. The remaining 2% didn’t know how to respond. In 2005 74% of Icelanders polled had labeled themselves as ‘religious’, meaning there has been a drop of 17 percentage points in religiosity in the 7-year span between polls (the most recent polling took place in 2012).
The full top-10 list for most atheist countries is:

  1. China (47% convinced atheist)
  2. Japan (31% convinced atheist)
  3. Czech Republic (30% convinced atheist)
  4. France (29% convinced atheist)
  5. South Korea 15% convinced atheist)
  6. Germany (15% convinced atheist)
  7. Netherlands (14% convinced atheist)
  8. Austria (10% convinced atheist)
  9. Iceland (10% convinced atheist)
  10. Australia (10% convinced atheist)
  11. Ireland (10% convinced atheist)

WIN-Gallup International polled 51,927 people in 40 countries worldwide. The global tally found that 59% of those surveyed identified as ‘religious’, while 23% were ‘not religious,’ and 13% were ‘convinced atheist.’ The Icelandic sample size was 852 people.


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