Religious Beliefs In Costa Rica

A catholic church in Costa Rica.
A catholic church in Costa Rica.

The Central American nation of Costa Rica covers an area of 51,060 square km and hosts a population of 4.9 million people. Christianity is the religion of the majority in Costa Rica. Roman Catholicism is the main denomination. Catholics account for 57% of the total population of the country. 25% of the country is made up of Protestants. The table below provides a detailed view of the religious composition of the population of Costa Rica.

The Dominant Religion In Costa Rica

Christianity was introduced to the country by Europeans. Christian missionaries spread the teachings of Christianity and forcibly converted the local population. While the Catholic church dominates in Costa Rica, several of the Protestant denominations, especially the Evangelicals, are growing in popularity.

The Second Most Popular Religion In Costa Rica

Irreligion is the second most cited religious belief system in Costa Rica. Irreligion refers either to Agnosticism (the belief that we do not know whether there is a higher being) and Atheism (the belief that there isn't a higher being). 

Other Religions Practiced In Costa Rica

The country has more Buddhists than any other Central American nation. Chinese immigrants who arrived in Costa Rica in the 19th and 20th centuries introduced the religion in the country. Although many of them converted to Christianity due to the influence of the conservative society in the country, others managed to hold on to Buddhism. The Casa Zen was one of the first Buddhist temples to be established in the country. Dalai Lama visited Costa Rica in 1989. Today, the religion has around 100,000 followers in the country.

There are about 500 families practicing Islam in Costa Rica. About 2,500 members of the Jewish faith also live in the country. The Jehovah's Witnesses who represent less than 1% of Costa Rica’s population are mainly found on the Caribbean coast of the country. Followers of Taoism, the Bahá'í Faith, Wicca, Hinduism, Hare Krishna, Scientology, etc., also inhabit the country but in very small numbers. Animism is also practiced by a section of the indigenous people of the country.

Religious Beliefs In Costa Rica

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