Which country in the world has more churches?

Jan 2017
1,309
Durham
Per capita- if it is not Italy I will be surprised. I couldn't believe how many were just in Venice.
Again, I would be surprised in the event there are more per head than England.

Having been to Florence, Naples, Venice and Rome; I didn't really notice a lot of churches.

What did strike me about Italy is what a conservative country it is.

By that I mean that when you drive through English towns and villages there are a lot of sporting activities and general recreational buildings/activities for people to meet and socialise. Italy on the other hand seemed to me to be no more than people's homes, and the odd church and school.

There may be a lot of churches in Venice, but when you get into the countryside you don't see many, whereas in England every village has a church, or at least that used to be the case before religion started to die and recently churches have been shut down or turned into a building for some other use.
 
Jan 2017
1,309
Durham
Peaceful My friend, I do not agree with what he says I've never been to America, but I know for sure that America has many Catholics, maybe more than England. It's enough for the friend to see the great communities of Latin languages that live in America and beyond. Have many churches but there are many Catholics in the great North American continent.
Hello Latino,


I'm not sure if you know the history of English religion.

Long story short:

We didn't have a reformation like say the Germans or Scots, we had a falling out with the Pope (which is very different in terms of motivation) but Henry VIII remained a catholic until he died, and the Church of England remains a half-way house between Catholicism and Protestantism retaining some catholic practices (which of course other protestant denominations around the world do not).

As ever, people in places geographically closer to the capital are indoctrinated more easily than those farther away (due to being able to spread ideas) and so in England, with London being in the South, there are more Catholics here in the North).

But, the United States will certainly have more Catholics than England due to her large influx of Irish and Italians.

All that said, England remains a country of villages and every village used to have a church as late as the 1990s before some started closing down due to declining congregations.

I did read that today is the first time since Elizabethan times that we have more catholic church goers than protestant, and that is due to a large influx of people from Poland.
 

Dan Howard

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Aug 2014
4,770
Australia
South Korea would be near the top of the list with one church per 660 people. The USA is getting close to one church per 1000 people and is declining every year.

Jamaica has more churches per square meter than any other country.
 
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LatinoEuropa

Ad Honorem
Oct 2015
5,222
Matosinhos Portugal
Hello Peaceful
In all my country and every village towns towns have churches, as my country knows large majority are Catholics although Portugal has 11 million inhabitants and 5 million immigrants spread throughout the world, in relation to certain European countries like spain italy we are few , But in relation to other countries larger than mine we have more Catholics and churches, for these countries do not have the catholic religion. About England I know little or nothing, except that the two countries have had an alliance since 1386 and I know His country is Monarco and Rooger Moore films The Saint O Santo and I like to listen to some English music and little else I know
 
Jan 2017
1,309
Durham
Hello Peaceful
In all my country and every village towns towns have churches, as my country knows large majority are Catholics although Portugal has 11 million inhabitants and 5 million immigrants spread throughout the world, in relation to certain European countries like spain italy we are few , But in relation to other countries larger than mine we have more Catholics and churches, for these countries do not have the catholic religion. About England I know little or nothing, except that the two countries have had an alliance since 1386 and I know His country is Monarco and Rooger Moore films The Saint O Santo and I like to listen to some English music and little else I know
My sister lived in Jersey for a while, and for some reason there are a lot of Portuguese there.

Other than that, Portugal knocked England out of the European Championships not so long ago, not that I'm particularly interested in our national team!
 
Jan 2017
1,309
Durham
My sister lived in Jersey for a while, and for some reason there are a lot of Portuguese there.

Other than that, Portugal knocked England out of the European Championships not so long ago, not that I'm particularly interested in our national team!

Edited to add: you mention an alliance, I find it curious that when talking of politics or history, the Portuguese posters on here make a lot of sense to me. Not sure if that's anything to do with also having a lot of sea around the country.

Oh, and of course Europe was a relatively backward continent until the 1500s when Portuguese sailors managed to work out a way to navigate to South America and bring back silver for trade - the catalyst for European dominance.
 

Pedro

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Mar 2008
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On a mountain top in Costa Rica. yeah...I win!!
[FONT=&quot]A few facts found on Google . . . . . . .
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[FONT=&quot]Overall, there were 340 Christian denominations in the UK in 2010 (as against 275 four years earlier), with 50,700 churches or congregations (2% more than in 2005), served by 36,600 ministers (4% up on 2005), and with 5,515,000 members. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]-- [FONT=&quot]UK Church Statistics, 2005-2015 [/FONT](Tonbridge: ADBC Publishers, 2011, 136pp., ISBN 978-0-9566577-2-5). –[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Right now, there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Just do the division (300,000 divided by 50 states) and that's an average of 6,000 churches per state. Wow! That's a lot of churches! [/FONT][FONT=&quot]-- The Christian Post –[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]There were 320,000 Christian U.S. churches in 2007. Of these U.S. churches, 1,250 were megachurches with an average weekend attendance of 2,000 or more. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]-- According to the book Beyond Megachurch Myths. – [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]As to the number of Catholic Churches in the world.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In looking at statistics the official number Brian Bergström found from 2008 is 271,602 physical churches. However, that number probably does not include mission churches, independent churches, SSPX, FSSP, and many other orders.[/FONT]

Jamaica has the most 'churches' per square mile of any country in the world. ( Source: Guinness Book of World Records). There are approx. 1,600 churches on the island which works out to 2.75 per square mile. Jamica also boast more bars per square mile. With so many bars it raises the question: are the people counting churches seeing double? Just a thought.
 

LatinoEuropa

Ad Honorem
Oct 2015
5,222
Matosinhos Portugal
Hello Latino,


I'm not sure if you know the history of English religion.

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Edited to add: you mention an alliance, I find it curious that when talking of politics or history, the Portuguese posters on here make a lot of sense to me. Not sure if that's anything to do with also having a lot of sea around the country.

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Oh, and of course Europe was a relatively backward continent until the 1500s when Portuguese sailors managed to work out a way to navigate to South America and bring back silver for trade - the catalyst for European dominance.I spoke well here and I am very proud about the history of my country.
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For, my friend, with my posters of history and politics, I was giving him the example of the question he asked me about England that I answered.
I also tell you well I would like to know your country is not far away Porto to London is 2025 km maybe a day when my soccer team is playing there.

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