Religion in Slovenia
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Religion in Slovenia

Religion in Slovenia (2002 census[1][2])

  Roman Catholicism (57.8%)
  Undeclared (15.7%)
  Non-religious (10.2%)
  Unknown (7.1%)
  Believer, no religion (3.5%)
  Islam (2.4%)
  Lutheranism (0.8%)
  Other religion (0.2%)
Basilica of the Virgin Mary in Brezje, also known as the Slovenian National Shrine, is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in Slovenia
Lutheran church in Bodonci in the Prekmurje region

Religion in Slovenia is predominantly the Catholic Church, this being the largest Christian denomination in the country. Besides Catholicism, other Christian religions having significant following in the country include Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism (Lutheranism). Islam (2.4%), Judaism and Hinduism are small minorities in Slovenia. A significant part of the population is not religious (atheists and agnostics representing about 10% of the population).

Religion played a significant role in the development of the Slovene nation and the country of Slovenia. After centuries-long tradition of a state church, interrupted by the periods of Protestant Reformation in the 16th century and post-World War II socialism ousting religion from the public life, a degree of separation of the state and the church has been reached in the independent Slovenia. In February 2007 a new Religious Freedom Act was passed in Slovenia, with a bias towards the Catholic Church, particularly in regard to state funding and the strict terms for the registration of new religious communities.[2]



Catholic Church

The Catholic Church in Slovenia is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome.

There are around 1,195,000 Catholics in the country (about 57.8% of the total population as per the 2002 Census).[1] The country is divided into six dioceses, including two archdioceses. The diocese of Maribor was elevated to an archdiocese by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. Additionally, the pope created three new sees, namely Novo Mesto, Celje and Murska Sobota.

Archbishop Juliusz Janusz, 66, is the Apostolic Nuncio to Slovenia and the Apostolic Delegate to Kosovo.


Protestantism has a long history in Slovenia, with the Reformation being strong in the 16th century. Lutheranism became the most popular Protestant denomination in Slovenia, with minor conversions to Calvinism. Today, most Protestants live in the Prekmurje region.[3] Protestantism survived the Counter-Reformation implemented by the Habsburgs. The Counter-Reformation swept through most of Slovenia, excluding easternmost regions (including Prekmurje) which were ruled by Hungarian nobles, who themselves often happened to be Calvinist. They did not seek to extinguish Lutheranism, which became the preferred confession among Slovenes. Historically speaking, Hungarians took up Lutheranism first, before leaving it in favor of a more radical theology of Calvinism. Primoz Trubar was a leading Lutheran reformer in Slovenia, contributing to the development of the Slovene language and Slovenian culture.

Eastern Orthodoxy

Eastern Orthodoxy maintains a significant presence in the country and is practised mainly by the ethnic Serb population. Eastern Orthodox Christians in Slovenia are under ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Zagreb and Ljubljana.


The Muslims in Slovenia are ethnically mostly Bosniaks and other Slavic Muslims.[4] In 2014, there were 48,266 Muslims in Slovenia, making up about 2.4 percent of the total population.[5] The Muslim community of Slovenia is headed by Ned?ad Grabus (sl).[6]

There are also Muslims from Central, South and Southeast Asia, who are not counted in the census because they are migrant workers.


The small Jewish community of Slovenia (Slovene: Judovska skupnost Slovenije) is estimated at 400 to 600 members, with the Jewish community of Slovenia suggesting 500 to 1000 members. Around 130 are officially registered,[7] most of whom live in the capital, Ljubljana. The Jewish community was devastated by the Shoah, and has never fully recovered. Until 2003, Ljubljana was the only European capital city without a Jewish place of worship.[8]



Religiosity of Slovene citizens according to population censuses 1991, and 2002.

% 1991[9][10][2]
% 2002[1]
Christianity 74.9% 60.9%
Catholicism 71.6% 57.8%
Evangelical and other Protestants 0.8% 0.9%
Orthodox Christian 2.4% 2.3%
Islam 1.5% 2.4%
Other religion 0.0% 0.2%
Spiritual but not member of religions 0.2% 3.5%
Atheists 4.4% 10.1%
Agnostics - 0.0%
Don't know 14.6% 7.1%
Not answered 4.2% 15.7%


  • Eurobarometer 2012 found about 68% of the population declaring to be Christian, with 64% being members of the Catholic Church. Members of other Christian denominations made up 4% of the population.[11]
  • International Social Survey Programme 2015 found that 64.3% of the population declared to be Christian, with Catholicism being the largest denomination accounting for 62.2% of the respondents, and Eastern Orthodoxy being the second-largest sect comprising 1.5%; members of other Christian denominations made up the 0.6%. A further 34.3% declared to have no religion, and 1.5% declared to belong to other religions.[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Slovenia Statistical Office. Population by religion, statistical regions, Census 2002.
  2. ^ a b c ?rni?, Ale?; Komel, Mirt; Smrke, Marjan; ?abec, Ksenija; Vovk, Tina (2013). "Religious Pluralisation in Slovenia". Teorija in praksa. University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Sociology, Political Sciences and Journalism. 50 (1): 205-232, 264. ISSN 0040-3598. COBISS 31869277. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Bajt, Veronika (2011). "The Muslim Other in Slovenia. Intersection of a Religious and Ethnic Minority". In Górak-Sosnowska, Katarzyna. Muslims in Poland and Eastern Europe: Widening the European Discourse on Islam. University of Warsaw Press. p. 307-326. ISBN 9788390322957. 
  5. ^ "Muslim Population by Country: S - T". Ministry of Hajj Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ "Predsednik Me?ihata - Mufti Ned?ad Grabus" [The President of Meshihat - Mufti Ned?ad Grabus] (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Jewish Virtual Library - Slovenia
  9. ^ "8. Population by religion and type of settlement, Slovenia, Census 1991 and 2002". Retrieved . 
  10. ^ Eurel - Sociological and legal data on religions in Europe and beyond. Principal religions and denominations -- Slovenia.
  11. ^ Eurobarometer 393: Discrimination in the EU in 2012 (pdf). European Commission. pp. 233-234. Retrieved 2015. 
  12. ^ "Country specific religious affiliation or denomination: Slovenia - weighted". International Social Survey Programme: Work Orientations IV - ISSP 2015. 2015 - via GESIS. 

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