What's the least religious country in the world?
When asked, "Is religion an important part of your daily life?", Estonians answered "yes" only 16% of the time. That means that an astonishing 84% of Estonia's population declare that religion does not play a role in their lives (source).
The least religious country in the world is Estonia. But why?
Estonia was somewhat of a religious nation up until they fell under Soviet rule following World War II. If you're not familiar with what the Soviet Union was about, they were the first state to attempt a complete elimination of religion (and institution of what they called "state atheism").
Then, as the Soviet Union was dissolving, Estonia declared their independence in 1991. After declaring independence, however, Estonia continued in the way that they had been influenced for so many years, which was an atheistic and agnostic direction. Since then (over the past several decades), Estonia's culture has continued to move away from religion. Religion does not play a role in government. Religion does not play a role in politics or political campaigns. And this trend translates to the personal lives of Estonians as well. Aligning yourself with a spiritual faith is often looked upon as a sign of weakness and mediocre intelligence.
Because of Estonia's situation, the nation is quickly becoming the focus of many mission trips around the world. And according to some firsthand experience from the ground in Estonia, it's starting to work. Christianity is beginning to grow slowly, especially as locals realize that faith in Christ is not a weakness, but an incredible strength.
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Written by CJ