Fascinating fact about Poland # 28
Religion in Poland
According to a survey conducted last year the population of Poland is 87.5% Roman Catholic.
A store in Gorzow, in western Poland, specializing in all things Catholic – from Bibles to religious figures.
The Central Statistical Office for Poland lists more than a hundred active religious groups. The groups with the largest numbers of members are as follows:
The Catholic Church in Poland (33,400,000 members)
Polish Orthodox Church (504,000 members)
Jehovah’s Witnesses (129,000 members)
Evangelical Church in Poland (62,000 members)
The Roman Catholic Church has always played a very important role in the history of Poland.
Almost 92 percent of Poles declared themselves as Roman Catholics in the last census. The remaining population is composed of Atheists / Non-belivers, Agnostics, Orthodox Christians and Protestants. In addition there are small pockets of Muslims and Jews. There are more than 12,000 churches in Poland.
Poland is one of the world’s most strongly Roman Catholic countries and has a higher proportion of Catholics than Italy, Spain and Ireland. Only Malta in Europe has a higher percentage of Catholics.
Three interesting ‘Religion in Poland’ facts:
- ‘Poland’ was baptised in 966.
- More than 50% of Poles attend a religious services once a week.
- There are approximately 100 religions and faith groups registered in Poland.