Religion in the Balkans

This map gives a general idea of religion across the region.

Map of Balkans with religions

- Red areas are predominantly Catholic,
- Dark purple areas are predominantly Orthodox,
- Yellow areas are predominantly Sunni Muslim,
- Light blue areas are predominantly Reformed
- Light purple areas are predominantly the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (part of the Orthodox church).

According to information from Operation World’s website (http://www.operationworld.org), in all of the countries in the Balkan region, except Bulgaria and Romania,  less than 1% of the population are evangelical Christians.

Economic & social challenges in the Balkans

- 8 of the 10 poorest countries in Europe are in the Balkans. (*1)
- There is widespread corruption within the Balkans. (*2)
- According to the EU, 200 000 women were trafficked into the worldwide sex trade through the Balkans in 2003. (*3)
- There are continued ethnic tensions within the region, with ongoing disputes over land, borders, and names. (*4)

1 – info from CIA World Factbook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/)
2 – http://www.transparency.org/cpi2012/results
3 – http://www.upress.pitt.edu/htmlSourceFiles/pdfs/9780822959748exr.pdf
4 – For current news from the region, see http://www.balkaninsight.com