Irreligion in Uruguay

Religion in Uruguay(2006)[1]

  Catholicism (47.1%)
  Non-religious (40.4%)
  Protestant (11.1%)
  Umbanda (0.6%)
  Judaism (0.5%)
  Other (0.4%)

Irreligion in Uruguay refers to the lack of belief in religion, secularity or atheism in the country. Uruguay is traditionally the least religious country in South America.[2][3][4][5]

Lack of belief in God in Uruguay

Uruguay is the most secularized nation in all of the Americas with the highest percentage of atheists and agnostics.[6] 17.2% of the population is atheist or agnostic according to the Uruguayan census.[7] And according to a study by Kauffman. E, in 2010 47% of the Uruguayan population is defined not religious (of which 24% is atheist, agnostic is 14% and 9% is defined as skeptical but not atheist nor agnostic).[8] The figures of atheism and irreligion in Uruguay are higher than any other country in the Western Hemisphere, according to a study by CID-Gallup 2012, Uruguay is the sixth least religious country in the world ( with 29% of believers), behind countries such as Netherlands (26%), Czech Republic (23%), Sweden (19%), Japan (13%) and China (7%).[9]

Religious practice in Uruguay

Many Uruguayans nominally describe themselves as Roman Catholics but lifestyle is not affected by the religion.[10]


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