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Religious landscape

Religious composition of the country

Principal religion
Nearly 75% of the population in Montenegro is orthodox.
Population by ethnicity and religion Total 620 029 Orthodox 446 858 Islam 118 477 Catholic 21 299 Atheist 7 (...)

Principal religion

Nearly 75% of the population in Montenegro is orthodox.

Population by ethnicity and religion

Total 620 029
Orthodox 446 858
Islam 118 477
Catholic 21 299
Atheist 7 667
Other religions 6 337
Christian 1 460
Adventist 894
Agnostic 451
Jehovah witness 145
Protestant 143
Buddhist 118
Does not want to declare 16 180

Source: Statistical Office of Montenegro.

More information can be found in two documents:

D 18 July 2016    ANikola B. Šaranović

List of the 20 religious communities registered in the (new) unified evidence book of religious communities in Montenegro

In Montenegro, a religious community obtains a legal status by being entered into the register of religious communities:
“A religious community that is registered in accordance with this Law in (...)

In Montenegro, a religious community obtains a legal status by being entered into the register of religious communities:

“A religious community that is registered in accordance with this Law in the Unified Evidence of Religious Communities (in hereinafter: Unified Evidence) as evidenced or registered religious community has the status of a legal entity.

The Unified Evidence consists of:
- the Book of Evidenced Religious Communities in which the existing religious communities are entered (hereinafter: the Book of Evidenced Religious Communities), and
- the Book of Registered Religious Communities in which newly established religious communities are entered (hereinafter: Book of Registered Religious Communities).
The Book of Evidenced Religious Communities and the Book of Registered Religious Communities consist of a database and a collection of documents. The content and manner of keeping the Unified Evidence, as public records, shall be prescribed by the Ministry.”
Law on Freedom of religion or belief and legal position of religious communities("Official Gazette of Montenegro", No. 074/19 of December 30, 2019, No. 008/21 of January 26, 2021), Article 18.

Here is the list of religious communities, established by the Ministry of Justice and Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro:

Jehovah’s Witnesses - Christian Religious Community (29/07/2020)
Montenegrin Orthodox Church (29/07/2020)
Archbishopric Ordinariate Bar (06/08/2020)
Bishopric Ordinariate of Kotor (06/08/2020)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Montenegro (10/09/2020)
Jewish community of Montenegro (16/09/2020)
Church of the Gospel of Christ (03/09/2020)
Eparchy of Podgorica-Duklja of the Orthodox Church of Montenegro (10/09/2020)
Christian Adventist Church (15/09/2020)
Christian Center “Lighthouse” (16/09/2020)
Evangelical Church "Word of God" (25/09/2020)
Christian Community “Mosaic” (25/09/2020)
Biblical Christian Community (07/10/2020)
Community of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (07/10/2020)
Islamic Community in Montenegro (07/10/2020)
Baha´i Faith (07/10/2020)
Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral of the Serbian Orthodox Church (10/06/2021)
Eparchy of Budimlje-Niksic of the Serbian Orthodox Church (10/06/2021)
Eparchy of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and Littoral of the Serbian Orthodox Church (02/07/2021)
Eparchy of Mileseva of the Serbian Orthodox Church (24/09/2021)

D 25 November 2021    ANikola B. Šaranović

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