Religion in Sierra Leone
Islam is the largest religion in Sierra Leone, with significant Christian and animist minorities. According to a 2015 estimate from the Pew Research Centre, 78.0% of the population is Muslim, 20.9% is Christian, while the rest of the population is either animist or follows other religious beliefs. While this estimate is based on census data, a similar estimate was derived from a recent major household survey: in the 2013 Demographic and Health Survey, 78.2% of respondents were Muslim and 21.2% Christian.
Other sources give different estimates. Muslims are estimated to comprise 60% of Sierra Leone's population according to the US Department of State, while 20 to 30% are reported to be followers of Christianity, and 5 to 10% of the population practice indigenous animist beliefs.
The 2007 UNHCR's "Report on International Religious Freedom in Sierra Leone" estimated 55% Muslim, 40% Christian and 5% other beliefs, with many citizens practising a mixture of Islam and traditional indigenous religious beliefs or Christianity and traditional indigenous beliefs.
Islam in Sierra Leone
Muslims predominate in all of the country's three provinces and the Western Area, though formerly they were concentrated in the north with the south being mainly Christian.
The vast majority of Sierra Leonean Christians are Protestants, of which the largest are Methodists and Evangelicals. Other Christian protestant denominations in the country include Presbyterian, Baptists, Seventh-day Adventist and Lutheran
Catholics are the second largest non protestant Christians division in Sierra Leone at about 5% of the country's population. The Jehovah’s Witnesses, Anglicans and Latter-day Saints form a small minority of the Christian population in Sierra Leone.
The constitution of Sierra Leone provides for freedom of religion and the government generally protects this right and does not tolerate its abuse.
- "Africa :: SIERRA LEONE". CIA The World Factbook.
- "The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050" (PDF). Retrieved 12 May 2015.
- "Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey 2013" (PDF). Statistics Sierra Leone and MeasureDHS. January 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
- "US Department of State estimate". State.gov. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. "UNHCR.org". UNHCR.org. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
- World Council of Churches
- Maboleh United Methodist church
- The History of the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone
- Evangelical College of Theology
- Sierra Leone Presbytery Organization
- African American Baptist Mission of Sierra Leone
- Seventh-day Adventist Church Sierra Leone
- Catholic Culture story
- Jehovah's Witnesses Sierra Leone
- Anglican Communion: Sierra Leone
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Sierra Leone
- Historic milestone: Sierra Leone stake marks LDS Church's 3,000th
- "Religion in Sierra Leone: All things happily to all men". The Economist. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014.