An interesting Pew poll on religion in Western Europe.
91% were baptised Christian, 81% raised Christian, 71% still identify as Christian and 22% attend church at least monthly.
In every country except Italy there are more “non-practising” Christians than Christians who regularly go to church.
The five countries for practising Christians are:
- Italy 40%
- Portugal 35%
- Ireland 34%
- Austria 28%
- Switzerland 27%
The top five countries for no religion are:
- Netherlands 48%
- Norway 43%
- Sweden 42%
- Belgium 38%
- Denmark and Spain 30%
27% of Europeans believe in God as described in the bible. This is 64% of church attending Christians and 24% of non practising Christians.
42% of Europeans say Islam is fundamentally incompatible with their national culture and values. This includes 32% of those who have no religion.
The countries where people are most likely to say Islam is fundamentally incompatible are:
- Finland 62%
- Italy 53%
- Austria 48%
- Germany and Netherlands 44%
17% would not accept a Jew in their family and 24% would not accept a Muslim.
81% support legal abortion including 52% of church going Christians.
75% support same sex marriage including 58% of church going Christians.
70% are raising their children as Christian. This is 97% for church going Christians, 87% for non-practising Christians and 9% for non religious.