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    RELIGION

  • In 1990, 65% of the population of Britain described themselves as practising Christians

  • In 1995, 40% of the British public believed in a divine deity.

  • By 2010 Christians are predicted to number 55% of the population.

  • In 1999 only 7.5% of the population regularly attended a Christian church.

  • In 1992, Anglicans were the largest Christian denomination in Britain with 26.7 million members.

  • 80% of couples who get married in Britain go through a religious ceremony.

  • The Bible is still a best-seller in Britain. Over a million copies are sold every year.

  • There are two official churches in Britain: the Church of England and the Church of Scotland. The Roman Catholic church also has members in both countries.

  • In 1970 there were about 300,000 Muslims in Britain: in 1995 this had risen to 1,100,000.

  • There are more than 300 mosques in Britain. The largest of these is in Central London.

  • The Jewish community in Britain numbers around 350,000.

  • There are also large Sikh and Hindu communities in Britain, numbering 600,000 and 400,000 respectively.


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