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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Pew Research: Romania is the most religious country in Europe

Romania ranks first among 34 countries in Europe included in an analysis of Pew Research Center, which looked at the countries’ levels of religious commitment.

The study took into account four common measures of religious observance, namely religious service attendance, prayer frequency, belief in God and self-described importance of religion in one’s life.

According to the research’s overall index, 55% of Romanians are highly religious - the biggest share among the countries surveyed. Armenia comes second with a share of 51%, followed by Georgia – 50%, Greece – 49%, and Moldova – 47%.

In fact, the analysis revealed that, overall, Central and Eastern Europeans are more likely than Western Europeans to be highly religious. For example, only about one-in-ten people in Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom qualify as highly religious.

Also, Central and Eastern Europeans are generally more likely than Western Europeans to say religion is very important in their lives, they attend religious services at least monthly, they pray every day, and they believe in God with absolute certainty. For example, half or over half of respondents in Romania, Georgia, Armenia, Bosnia and Greece said religion is very important in their lives, compared with about one-in-ten in France, Germany, the United Kingdom.

Half of Romanians also said that they attend religious services at least monthly, this being the second highest share after the one in Poland – 61%, while 44% of Romanian respondents said they pray daily (higher shares reported only in Armenia – 45% and Moldova – 48%). The same analysis showed that 64% of Romanians believe in God, the share placing Romania fourth in the ranking, after Armenia – 79%, Georgia – 73%, and Bosnia 66%.

Survey reveals Romanians’ views of minorities, religion, social issues

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Pew Research: Romania is the most religious country in Europe

Romania ranks first among 34 countries in Europe included in an analysis of Pew Research Center, which looked at the countries’ levels of religious commitment.

The study took into account four common measures of religious observance, namely religious service attendance, prayer frequency, belief in God and self-described importance of religion in one’s life.

According to the research’s overall index, 55% of Romanians are highly religious - the biggest share among the countries surveyed. Armenia comes second with a share of 51%, followed by Georgia – 50%, Greece – 49%, and Moldova – 47%.

In fact, the analysis revealed that, overall, Central and Eastern Europeans are more likely than Western Europeans to be highly religious. For example, only about one-in-ten people in Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom qualify as highly religious.

Also, Central and Eastern Europeans are generally more likely than Western Europeans to say religion is very important in their lives, they attend religious services at least monthly, they pray every day, and they believe in God with absolute certainty. For example, half or over half of respondents in Romania, Georgia, Armenia, Bosnia and Greece said religion is very important in their lives, compared with about one-in-ten in France, Germany, the United Kingdom.

Half of Romanians also said that they attend religious services at least monthly, this being the second highest share after the one in Poland – 61%, while 44% of Romanian respondents said they pray daily (higher shares reported only in Armenia – 45% and Moldova – 48%). The same analysis showed that 64% of Romanians believe in God, the share placing Romania fourth in the ranking, after Armenia – 79%, Georgia – 73%, and Bosnia 66%.

Survey reveals Romanians’ views of minorities, religion, social issues

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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