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Religion in Kazakhstan


General religions in Kazakstan

The Republic of Kazakhstan is often called the crossroads of civilizations. Since ancient times various religions were formed and developed on the territory of Kazakhstan. Archeologists have found here traces of Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Nestorianism and Tengrism.

Modern Kazakhstan, which is a secular state, has more than 4200 active religious associations and communities, belonging to 46 religious teachings. Today there are more than 3,200 churches, mosques ands other houses of worship. In Kazakhstan, there are followers of almost all world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism as well as ancient polytheistic cultures and modern new religious teachings.

Despite the large number of different religions on the territory of Kazakhstan, major part of population is divided into Sunni Muslims and adherents of Russian Orthodox Christianity.

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