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Religious Affairs


Religious situation in Kazakhstan is characterized as stable.

As of April 20, 2017, 3,679 religious associations were registered in the country (2,570 Muslims, 333 Orthodox, 85 Catholic, 668 Protestant, 7 Jewish and 17 others), representing 18 denominations.

Currently 495 missionaries.

In quantitative terms, among the registered missionaries, representatives of Catholicism predominate (238). 87 missionaries represent orthodoxy.

81% of the citizens of the country consider themselves as believers, 19% are atheists and agnostics. Of the believers, only 14% refer themselves to practicing believers, and about 70% relate themselves to moderate (non-practicing) believers.

The main types of religious self-identification of citizens are associated with Islam and Christianity. From year to year there is a decrease in the number of violations in the sphere of religions.

In 2013, 282 administrative offenses were identified, in 2014 - 153, in 2015 - 120, for 2016 revealed 119 facts.

Religious associations of the Republic of Kazakhstan (as of April 20, 2017)

Number of religious subjects

Islam 2570

Orthodoxy 333

Pentecostal churches 219

Evangelical Christians-Baptists 181

Presbyterian churches 106

Catholicism 85

Jehovah's Witnesses 60

Seventh Day Adventists 42

New Apostolic Church 26

The Evangelical Lutheran Church 14

Methodists 13

Krishnaites 8

Judaism 7

Bahá'ís 6

Mennonites 4

Buddhism 2

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) 2

Unification Church of Moon (Moonies) 1

TOTAL 3679

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