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Author(s): Charles Ladbrooke and Others
I. Social Facts  Macau, located on a peninsula off China’s southern Guangdong province, has a population of approximately 607,500. Macau, like Hong Kong, is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China. The majority of the population is ethnically Chinese (92.4%), with a small percentage of Portuguese (0.6%), mixed (1.1%), and other (5.9%), which includes the unique ethnicity Macanese for those of Portuguese and Asian ancestry. Government estimates place Macau’s Buddhist population at 50-80% of the total population. About 30,000 Roman Cathol…


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Author(s): Charles Ladbrooke and Others
I. Social Facts  Zambia is a country in south-central Africa with an estimated population of 15 million people. Some 95% of Zambians profess a Christian faith. Roman Catholics account for 20.2% of the Christian population, while the remaining 75.3% are divided into Anglican, Evangelical, and Pentecostal Protestants. About 3% of the population in Zambia professes Islam; these people are primarily immigrants from South Asia and Somalia and also a small minority of indigenous Zambian nationals. Muslim…

Sierra Leone

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I. Social Facts  The Republic of Sierra Leone is a West African country with an estimated population of 6.1 million people. The Sierra Leone government respects the freedom of religion recognized by law for individuals and groups and does not officially recognize any one religion as the state religion. Approximately 77% of the population adhere to the Islamic faith. Most of the Muslims are Sunni. Christians make up an estimated 21% of the population. There is a general understanding and respect among the people who profess Islam and Christianity or any other religion. Traces of other r…

Hong Kong

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Author(s): Charles Ladbrooke and Others
I. Social Facts  The population of Hong Kong is approximately 7 million. About 43% of the population practices some form of religion. Buddhism and Taoism are the traditional Chinese faiths, and some aspects of the two faiths are historically interrelated and blend easily—so much so that some practitioners consider themselves adherents of both. Often the same temple can be the preferred site of worship for Buddhists and Taoists, sometimes even simultaneously. There are an estimated 600 Taoist and Bu…


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Author(s): Charles Ladbrooke and Others
I. Social Facts  Iceland is an island of 103,000 sq. km in the northern Atlantic Ocean, with a population of approximately 330,000. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland is the state church and receives special protection and support from the government. There are 21 registered religious organizations in Iceland and several others that have not applied for registration. The largest religious group is the Church of Iceland, which accounts for between 74% and 85% of the population. Other denominations include Roman Catholicism (3.6%…


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Author(s): Charles Ladbrooke and Others
I. Social Facts  Luxembourg, officially known as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country bordering Belgium, Germany, and France. One of Europe’s smallest sovereign states, its territory measures 2,600 sq. km, with a population of 570,252 (July 2015 est.). The official language of the territory is Luxembourgish, which belongs to the West Central German group of High German languages. There are approximately 400,000 native speakers of this language, and it remains one of three official…


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I. Social Facts Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula with an estimated population of 3.6 million. Approximately 88% of the population adheres to the Islamic faith, including Ibadi, Sunni, Shi’a, Twelver, and Zaydi Muslims. Oman is unique in the sense that Ibadi Muslims are far more numerous than Sunni or Shi’a. An estimated 71% of Omani Muslims are Ibadis. Sunni Muslims are mostly found in Sur and in Dhofar, falling in the so-called “Sunni belt” that stretches into Yem…