The UK is among the least religious countries in the world, according to new research.
In a global survey carried out by WIN/Gallup International, the UK came six from last in the rankings of religiosity, with just 30% of the population describing themselves as religious.
The majority of the population, 53%, described themselves as “not religious”, 13% said they were a “convinced atheist”, with the remaining 4% saying that they “did not know”.
At the top of the rankings was Thailand, where 94% of people said they were religious, and Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia, and Morocco, where 93% said they were religious.
China was the least religious country surveyed, with only 6% of people saying they are religious, with the majority (61%) describing themselves as convinced atheists.
Other countries with low religiosity include Japan with 13% of people describing themselves as religious, Sweden with 19%, the Czech Republic with 23%, and the Netherlands and Hong Kong with 26%
Jean-Marc Leger, president of Win/Gallup International Association, commented of the results:
“Religion continues to dominate our everyday lives and we see that the total number of people who consider themselves to be religious is actually relatively high.”
In total, 63,898 people were questioned in the poll, around 1,000 in each country, at the end of 2015.