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Religious belonging and religious demography

Islam

Spain’s Muslim community has approximately 375, 000 followers. Islam in Spain is made up of "naturalised Muslims" and immigrants. The "naturalised Muslims" or followers with Spanish citizenship (...)

Spain’s Muslim community has approximately 375, 000 followers. Islam in Spain is made up of "naturalised Muslims" and immigrants. The "naturalised Muslims" or followers with Spanish citizenship are either people originating from predominantly Muslim countries, who now live in Spain and have acquired Spanish citizenship (Moroccans, Syrians, Jordanians, Iranians or Lebanese) or Spaniards who have converted to Islam. The increase, over the last decades, in immigration from countries which are predominantly of the Muslim religion (Morocco, Pakistan, Algeria, and Senegal) has brought about an increase in the number of followers on Spanish territory. Yet, the size of the Muslim community in Spain is not as numerically significant compared to the Muslim communities of other European countries.

D 13 September 2012    AIrene González González

Protestantism

The Protestant community in Spain is made up of approximately 350, 000 members. According to data provided by the Federación de Entidades Religiosas Evangélicas de España (FEREDE), the Federation of (...)

The Protestant community in Spain is made up of approximately 350, 000 members. According to data provided by the Federación de Entidades Religiosas Evangélicas de España (FEREDE), the Federation of the Evangelical Religious Groups of Spain, for the year 2000, another 100, 000 should be added to include the Protestant immigrants coming from non-Community countries. Since the end of General Franco’s dictatorship, followed by the promulgation of the Ley de Libertad Religiosa, its numbers have constantly increased, seeing that their numbers jumped from 40, 000 in 1960 to 100, 000 in 1980, then to 200, 000 in 1990, finally reaching the figure mentioned above in 2000.

D 13 September 2012    AIrene González González

Judaism

The Jewish community in Spain, despite the strength of its historical links with the country, is, numerically, the smallest among those that signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the State, (...)

The Jewish community in Spain, despite the strength of its historical links with the country, is, numerically, the smallest among those that signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the State, with approximately 12, 400 members.

D 13 September 2012    AIrene González González

Places of worship

In June 2011, a document was published by the Observatory of Religious Pluralism that listed places of worship in Spain; it recorded 5,002 places of worship for minority faiths (17.8% of total (...)

In June 2011, a document was published by the Observatory of Religious Pluralism that listed places of worship in Spain; it recorded 5,002 places of worship for minority faiths (17.8% of total sites) and 23,074 Catholic parishes.
Among minority faiths, the most widely established were Evangelical churches (55.9% of buildings), places of worship for Muslims (19.7%) and Jehovah’s Witnesses (14.1%).

For further information, see: Explotación de datos del Directorio de lugares de culto.

D 13 September 2012   

Religious Affiliation

The Barometer survey by CIS (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas) in February 2019 provides a condensed picture of religious affiliation in Spain.
67.5% of respondents declared themselves to be (...)

The Barometer survey by CIS (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas) in February 2019 provides a condensed picture of religious affiliation in Spain.
67.5% of respondents declared themselves to be Catholic (71.7% in 2011) and 2.9% to belong to another religion (2.4% in 2011), with atheists and non-believers representing 26.8% of the sample (24.3% in 2011).

Question 44: How do you define yourself in religious terms: Catholic / believing in another religion / non-believer / atheist? (Percentages)

20112019
Catholics 71,7 67,5
Believing in another religion 2,4 2,9
Non believers 16,9 16,1
Atheists 7,4 10,7
No answer 1,6 2,7
Total 100 (N=2475) 100 (N=2964)

Source : CIS, Barómetro Febrero 2019.

D 15 May 2019    AIrene González González AJulia Martínez-Ariño

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