Austria - Religions

About 78% of the people are Roman Catholic; 5% belong to the Lutheran Church (Ausburger and Helvetic Confessions); and 17% belong to other or no religious groups, including Islam (2%). The Jewish community stands at about 0.09% of the population; Eastern Orthodox (Russian, Greek, Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian) at 1.5%; the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) and the New Apostolic Church, 0.2% each; the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Methodist Church of Austria, and the Buddhist community, all under 0.1% each. These are the only religions that are officially recognized. About 2% claim membership in nonrecognized faiths. More than 8% of Austrians profess atheism. A number of groups defined as "sects" by the government are active in the country, including the Church of Scientology and the Unification Church.

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