These Countries Profess They Are Christian
November 06, 2017
There are a number of countries that have state-sponsored religions, and even a few with state-sponsored Christian denominations. There are several Christ-devoted leaders, as well. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is a devoted evangelical Christian. But that doesn’t count on this list.
Here are the countries that are officially declared as Christian states:
- Costa Rica—constitution declares Catholic Church as the state religious denomination, and public schools provide religious education unless parents opt out.
- Greece—in spite of its socialist leanings, the Greek constitution still reserves an important role for the Orthodox Church in the daily lives of all its citizens.
- Liechtenstein— constitution declares Catholic Church as the state religious denomination, and church leaders are allowed to come into public schools to provide religious education.
- Malta— constitution declares Catholic Church as the state religious denomination, and its authories “have the duty to teach which principles are right and which are wrong”; Catholicism is required as part of compulsory education.
- Monaco— constitution declares Catholic Church as the state religious denomination.
- Samoa—in June of this year, the nation’s parliament amended the constitution to declare Christianity the state religion.
- Tonga—under King George Tupou I, the country as declared a Christian state, and the monarch instituted laws to regulate observing the Sabbath.
- Tuvalu—according to its constitution, it is “an independent State based on Christian principles,” and in 1991, the Church of Tuvalu was founded, based on Reformed and Congregationalist traditions.
- Zambia—according to its constitution, the country is declared a “Christian nation,” and public schools are required to provide Christian education.