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Nigerians second most prayerful on earth - Report

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The Pew Research Center has ranked Nigeria as the second most prayerful country on earth.
Afghanistan was ranked first with 96% prayer rate while Nigeria had 95% prayer rate.

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan American think tank based in Washington, D.C. It provides information on social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends shaping the United States and the world.

The report says: “compared with weekly worship attendance, daily prayer is somewhat more common around the world.

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“In the average country across 105 surveyed, about half of adults (49%) say they pray every day, including majorities in sub-Saharan Africa (75%), the Middle East and North Africa (70%) and Latin America (62%).

“Prayer frequency varies widely across Asia. Fully 96% of Afghans and 87% of Iranians – both overwhelmingly Muslim populations – report praying daily, reflecting a global pattern of high levels of prayer in Muslim-majority countries (prayer is one of the Five Pillars of Islam).

“Daily prayer is also very common in Hindu-majority India, where 75% pray daily, but it is much less common in some other parts of Asia, such as Vietnam (14%) and China (1%).”

Here is a list of the most prayerful countries on earth.

1. Afghanistan: 96%
2. Nigeria: 95%
3. Algeria: 88%
4. Senegal: 88%
5. Djibouti: 87%
6. Iran: 87%
7. Iraq: 87%
8. Niger: 87%
9. Indonesia: 84%

List of the less prayerful countries on earth.

1. China: 1%
2. UK: 6%
3. Switzerland: 8%
4. Austria: 8%
5. Czechia: 9%
6. Germany: 9%
7. Estonia: 9%
8. France: 10%
9. Denmark: 10%