Young adults and religion

How religious are young adults in Europe?


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Map of how religious young adults are in Europe.

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This map shows us how religious young Europeans are. Not only does it show what percentage of Europe’s young adults identify with no religion. It also shows how often they attend a religious service outside of special occasions.

The Czech Republic and Estonia have the largest share of young adults that don’t identify with any religion (91% and 80%). In Poland and Lithuania, this group is by far the smallest. In Poland only 17% of people identify with no religion and in Lithuania only 25%.

Despite the large number of young adults in Estonia that don’t identify with any religion, 57% of young Estonian still attend a religious service outside of special occasions and 2% at least once a week. The Czech Republic has the highest percentage of young adults that never attend a religious service outside of special occasions (70%), followed by the Netherlands and Spain (60%).

In Poland the percentage of young adults that attend a religious service outside of special occasions at least every week, is the highest (39%), followed by Portugal (20%) and Ireland (15%).

The data from this map comes from the 2018 report ‘Europe’s Young Adults and Religion’ from the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society. Although the underlying data is a bit old (2014-2016) I still decided to make this map, as it is some very interesting data. I did try to find more recent data, but sadly haven’t been able to find any.

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