People in the Balkans remain far more religious than those in Central and Western Europe, a survey suggests.
A new survey based on three WIN/Gallup International polls and published in the UK Telegraph shows people in the Balkans are far more religious than their counterparts in Western Europe.
The survey, which draws on three polls taken over a number of years, and turns them into a world map, suggests religion remains a more powerful factor in people’s minds, and in society, in all the former communist states of the Balkan region – with the partial exceptions of Bulgaria and Albania.
Kosovo, Macedonia and Romania emerge as the most self-consciously religious societies in the region, and in Europe; 88 per cent of people in Macedonia, 83 in Kosovo and 77 per cent in Romania consider themselves religious.
Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Greece all come close, some way behind, with 70 to 72 per cent of their populations considering themselves religious. Bosnia comes next on 65 per cent.