The 6 Best and Worst Countries for Religious Freedom


The Pew Research Center released a list of countries with the most religious freedom as well as the countries with the most restrictions on religion and Brazil tops the list of countries with the highest religious freedom.

The study found that Brazil has “virtually no measurable restrictions on religious freedom.”

The six countries with the most religious freedom are:

  1. Brazil
  2. South Africa
  3. Philippines
  4. Japan
  5. D.R. Congo
  6. United Kingdom

The six countries with the highest government restrictions on religion are:

  1. China
  2. Indonesia
  3. Iran
  4. Egypt
  5. Burma/Myanmar
  6. Russia

The United States ranks as the eighth country with the most religious freedom, following behind Italy and South Korea. Although the United State’s Constitution includes the freedom to practice religion, there has been an increase in legislation which provides barriers to religious freedom, the most recent cases involving same-sex marriage.

Bridget is a newsroom writer at She graduated in April 2015 from Brigham Young University in communications with an emphasis of public relations. She served a Spanish speaking LDS mission in McAllen, Texas. She is a skilled pianist and an expert baker of chocolate chip cookies.