to Countryaah data, Christianity is the most widespread religion in Italy,
and Catholicism is the most widespread direction within
A large majority of the people of Italy are considered
Christians. According to figures from 2017, 74% of the
population are Catholics, 23% are not religious, while 3%
belong to religions other than Catholicism. There are
approximately 1.7 million Orthodox Christians in Italy,
approximately 700,000 Protestants, and approximately 430,000
members of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Over the past decades, the proportion of Italians of
foreign origin has increased, and a larger proportion of the
population are now not Christian than in the past. According
to figures from 2017, there are approximately two million
Muslims in Italy, 293,000 Buddhists and 193,000 Hindus.
In the revision of the Concordat between the Vatican and
the Italian state from 1984, Catholicism is no longer
referred to as state religion, and participation in public
school Christianity education is voluntary.