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What are Africa’s major religions?

There is little aggregated data on religious beliefs on the continent. The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) provides regional aggregates derived from UN and World Bank data. Christianity is the main religion in three African regions: East Africa (66%), Southern Africa (82%), and Central Africa (83%). Islam is the predominant religion in in West Africa (52%) and North Africa (94%).

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