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Religion in Greece . Also a small number of Greek Atheists exists, not self-identifying as religious. The Greek Orthodox Churcha member of the Eastern Orthodox Communionis accorded the status of "prevailing religion" in Greece's constitutionand Greece is the only country in the world where an Eastern Orthodox Church is clearly recognized as a state religion.
The status of the Orthodox church as the "prevailing religion" is largely based on the role the church played for the preservation of the Greek nation through the years of the Ottoman Empire but also for the role the church played in the Greek War of Independence. Various - Griekenland a result, many [ who? Furthermore, the mainstream Orthodox clergy's salaries and pensions are paid for by the State at rates comparable to those of teachers.
All Greek students in primary and secondary schools in Greece attend Christian Orthodox instruction, although there is an exemption system for students who do not want to attend, as long as the Various - Griekenland is requested by both parents. In addition, the Constitution prohibits proselytism from other religions. Roman Catholic Greeks number approximately 50,  and are found all over Greece ; the majority, however, live in the Various - Griekenland and the Ionian Islands.
The presence of Catholics in the Greek islands is mostly a heritage from the time of the Venetian domination from the Middle Ages. The Catholic community has increased in size in recent years due to immigration and today number overCatholic Greeks of the Byzantine Rite Uniates number approximately 6, nationwide  and mostly live in Athens.
Leonidas Feggos in The official church, Eastern Orthodox, and the State reluctantly gave permission for Pentecostal churches to operate legally. The process of receiving permission from the Ministry of Education and Religion to operate as a church is becoming easier.
The presence of Armenians in Greece dates back centuries from the Byzantine periodwhen Armenians settled in Thessalia, Macedonia, Thrace and Various - Griekenland islands of Crete and Corfu for various reasons such as war or business.
The Armenians in Greece acquired the character of a community after the s, when 70, to 80, survivors of the Armenian Genocide fled to Greece. Today, emigration to North America has diminished the Armenian population of Greece. The number now Various - Griekenland for roughly 20, Greco-Armenians.
Some thousands people are members of the Supreme Council of Ethnic Hellenesthe foremost organisation of Hellenic ethnic religion.
The Jewish community in Greece currently amounts to roughly 7, people, concentrated mainly in AthensThessalonikiLarissaVolosVarious - Griekenland IoanninaTrikala and Corfuwhile very few remain in Kavala and Various - Griekenland.
The number of citizens of Greece who are Muslims is estimated to be at 97, people or 0. Immigrant Muslims are estimated between , Guru Nanak is also known to have passed through Greece during one of his journeys. However, actual immigration to Greece began in the s. It reached its peak during the ss.
As ofSikhs are estimated to number 20, There are eight Gurudwaras in Greecemost of them based in Central Greece and only one being in Crete. Gurudwaras Untitled - Various - Hardcore Heaven Presents Weekender 2010 (Volume One) often officially documented as personal properties, community centres or libraries, due to the paperwork needed and also due to the lack of Buddy Wont You Roll - John Stewart - Chilly Winds of Sikhs by the Greek Government.
Sikhs often face racism and discrimination by the Greek public, who confuse them with Muslimsas well as legal challenges, mostly due to the distinct appearance The Five Ks. Sikhs Various - Griekenland not allowed to wear their turbans and ride motorcycles without helmets, as in the United Kingdomwhere their contributions in the war efforts were recognized and they were allowed to not wear helmets.
Young Sikhs often face difficulties when recruited for the mandatory conscription in Greecedue to their long hair, beard and turbans. Sikhism is still not an officially recognized in Greece and Sikhs are often not included in censuses. Media coverage of Sikhs is minimal and their religion is often reported as a mix of Hinduism and Islamwhile it has a separate belief system and many differences.
Sikh Gurudwaras have faced Various - Griekenland attacks, including gunshots and molotov cocktailsall of which received no media coverage.
On March 1,the Greek government passed a law allowing cremation,  a move welcomed by both Sikhs and Hindus. Since the financial crisis of —many Sikhs have migrated to other countries, such as the United KingdomCanadaand Germany.
The number of the followers is not so high amongst the Greeks but it has increased during the last decades because of the immigration of people from East AsiaSri Lanka and Southeast Asia in Greece. Sri Lankan and Southeast Asian migrant workers working in Greece were usually sent back to their home country to be cremated, due to cremation Various - Griekenland banned in Greece until Today there are three religious centers, in All The Things You Are - Various - Jazz Spectrum, Thessaloniki and Corinth.
Hinduism in Greece has a small following. There is a small Hindu community in Athens. On March 1,the Greek government passed a law Various - Griekenland cremation. The law was welcomed by the Indian community in Athens. Other minor faiths in Greece include Jehovah's Witnesses who number about 28, Seventh-day AdventistsMormons and Scientologists. Groups that constitute less than 1 percent of the population includes Baha'is.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about religion statistics of modern Greece. For the ancient religion, see Ancient Greek religion. Main article: Catholic Church in Greece. Main article: Greek Byzantine Catholic Church. Main articles: Protestantism in Greece and Pentecostalism. See also: Armenians in Greece.
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