What Is the Main Religion in the Netherlands?

The main religion in the Netherlands is Roman Catholicism, to which 29 percent of the population belongs, according to a 2008 survey. Nineteen percent of Dutch citizens identify as Protestant, while 42 percent claim no religion at all.

As of 2008, Muslims make up around 5.5 percent of the Netherlands' population. Around 45,000 practitioners of Judaism, 200,000 adherents of Hinduism and 17,000 followers of Buddhism make up the majority of the last 2.2 percent of the population. The relatively large Muslim population in the Netherlands has been the subject of much political debate in that country, since several right-wing politicians believe that the values of Islam are not aligned with traditional Dutch values.