Religious Demographics in Bulgaria

Here we will look at the different religions in Bulgaria and also what percent of the population corresponds with each of them. We will also take a look at how the different ethnic groups are positioned within the diverse range of religions.

As mentioned above, the primary and official religion in the country is the Orthodox Catholic Church, this accounts for 76% of people who identify with religion in Bulgaria. However this is not 76% of the population, it is only 59.4%, which of coBGkartaurse is still a substantial amount of people. In real terms, this amounts to almost 4.5 million people in Bulgaria.

The second most popular religion in Bulgaria is Sunni Islam. However, more people identified as being not religious than they did with Sunni Islam, therefore non-religious could be considered the second biggest demographic, but Sunni Islam is the second biggest religion. Just over half a million people said they identified as Sunni, which converts into 7.4% of the population of Bulgaria. 2.2 million people in Bulgaria identified as being non-religious which is just over 31% of the population.

All other religion identified with were under 1% of the population and they were Protestant Christianity, Roman Catholic Christianity, Shia Islam, Other Islam, Oriental Orthodox Christianity, Judaism, etc.

The largest religious identification, which was Orthodoxy, was mainly done so by people of Bulgarian descent. However, just over 5000 Turks and 180,000 Romani also identified as Orthodox. In reference to Sunni Islam, the second biggest religion in Bulgaria, it was mainly Turkish people. Over 95% of people who identified as being Sunni were Turks, with 130,000 Bulgarians and 100,000 Romani.

Most of the people who didn’t identify with a religion were Bulgarian. But the numbers were quite low, only 2% of Bulgarians said they had no religion with 3% of Turks and 16% of Romani saying they had no religion.