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Religious Freedom Ranking:
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Namibia has a population of two million people. More than 90 percent consider themselves Christian. The three largest Christian groups are Lutherans, Roman Catholics, and Anglicans. Other Christian groups are Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Evangelical, and Mormon. There are also African Zion churches that practice a mix of traditional African religion and Christianity. People of the Afrikaner ethnic group are the predominant members of the Dutch Reformed Church of Namibia. The Himba, Herero, and San groups typically practice indigenous religions. In the country as well are Muslims, Baha’is, Jews and Buddhists. The majority of Muslims are Sunni and are mostly immigrants and recent converts.

The state does not formally recognize any religion, but religious groups must register with the government to receive tax-exempt status and purchase discounted land. Registration requirements vary by location throughout the country.

The Constitution provides for freedom of religion and the government generally respects this right in practice.


2010 U.S. State Department International Religious Freedom Report on Namibia

Namibia - New World Encyclopedia

Namibia Country Profile- BBC News


Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2012 17:13