Catholics, Protestants Decline; Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism on the Increase

December 22, 2004

Source: NZZ Online/swissinfo

On December 22, 2004 swissinfo reported, "The religious landscape has changed in Switzerland, with the Catholic and Protestant Churches emerging as the biggest losers. A substantial proportion of the population say they are not religious and minority religions, such as Islam, are on the rise. About 75 per cent of the population are practising Catholics and Protestants, according to the results of the last census taken in 2000 and published by the Federal Statistics Office on Tuesday. Thirty years earlier, 95 per cent belonged to this category. More than 11 per cent of Swiss are not religious...The only increase in Christian believers was seen among the Evangelicals and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their numbers rose from 3.5 to 4.4 per cent...The number of believers of minority religions has increased by 7.1 per cent. These include Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. About four per cent of the population are Muslims, a slight increase on the figures from ten years ago, when just over 2.2 per cent practised Islam."