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More than 20% of countries have official state religions – survey

Most of 43 countries with a state religion are in Middle East and North Africa with majority Muslim, according to research
Imam mosque in Isfahan, Iran: countries with state-endorsed faiths tend to more severely regulate religious practice. Photograph: Alamy

More than one in five countries has an official state religion, with the majority being Muslim states, and a further 20% of countries have a preferred or favoured religion.

A slim majority (53%) of counties

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