Indonesia remains predominantly Muslim, although Christianity has grown by almost 1%
03/10/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – According to the latest data from the Indonesian government, Indonesia continues to be a predominantly Muslim country, although there has been a slight increase in the Christian population.
Based on data from the General Directorate of the Department of Population and Civil Status (Dukcapil) of the Ministry of Interior, the total population of Indonesia is 272.23 million as of June 2021. Of this number , 236.53 million people (86.88%) are Muslims. .
Among Indonesians, a total of 20.4 million people (7.49%) embrace Protestantism. There are 8.42 million people (3.09%) who are Catholic. In 2010, census data showed that 87 percent of Indonesians identified themselves as Muslims, followed by 9.87 percent who were Christians. This shows that there is an almost one percent increase in the Christian population in Indonesia over the past decade.
In terms of geographic data, there are 30 provinces where the majority of the population is Muslim or more than 50% of the population is Muslim. Only in 4 provinces, Islam is a minority religion or less than 50%, like West Papua.
Based on World population review data, Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in 2021, followed by Pakistan. Although predominantly Muslim Indonesia guarantees religious freedom, religious minorities such as Christians, Ahmadiyya Muslims, and Buddhists often face discrimination and persecution.
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