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Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion

Appendix 6: Results by Country

The tables below show the results for each of the 197 countries and territories on the 20 questions that comprise the Pew Forum’s Government Restrictions Index and the 13 questions that comprise the Social Hostilities Index.

Although each question is weighted equally, many of the questions contain gradations, allowing partial scores depending on intensity or severity. For example, on SHI Question No. 2 – Was there mob violence related to religion? – a country that had no religion-related mob violence would receive 0 points, a country that had mob violence in which no deaths were reported would receive 1/2 point (0.50), and a country that had mob violence in which deaths were reported would receive a full point (1.00).

The scores are presented for three years: the latest year, ending in mid-2010 (July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010); the previous year, ending in mid-2009 (July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009); and the baseline year, ending in mid-2007 (July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007). Scores for the year ending in mid-2008 are not presented due to space constraints.

Both the GRI and the SHI are scales of 0 to 10. Readers wishing to independently calculate a country’s index score from the tables below should note that the sum total of a country’s scores on all 20 GRI questions must be divided by two and the sum total of its scores on all 13 SHI questions must be multiplied by 10/13 (0.77) to convert them to the 10-point scale. For more detail on the indexes, see the Methodology.

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