Religion and National Identity in Eastern Europe and Eurasia
The Pew Research Center recently conducted a survey on the relationship between religious and national identity in Eastern European and Eurasian countries, noting changes in the way that religious identification has influenced national identity since the fall of atheist fundamentalism with the USSR. For religious and belief minorities—now including atheists—the relationship can be a troubling one, particularly as resurgent nationalism in the region has been accompanied by xenophobia and religious discrimination.
Here are highlights from the findings:
70% (Orthodox-majority) / 57% (Catholic-majority)
Average among countries who believe majority religious identity is very or somewhat important to national identity
Percentage within Orthodox-majority countries who believe Orthodox religious identity is very or somewhat important to national identity
Percentage within Catholic-majority countries who believe Catholic religious identity is very or somewhat important to national identity
Religious Belief and National Belonging in Central and Eastern Europe (Pew Research Center | May 2017)