What Is the Main Religion in Egypt?

According to a 2012 estimate by the U.S. government, the main religion in Egypt is Islam. About 90 percent of Egypt's residents are Sunni Muslims.

Shia Muslims make up around 1 percent of the population. Most of the remaining 9 percent of people in Egypt identify as Christians, but they belong to a variety of sects. The majority of Christians in Egypt belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church while the remainder belong to the Roman Catholic, Maronite, Armenian Apostolic, Orthodox and Anglican churches. A small Protestant community also exists. There are only around 70 Jewish people in Egypt, and most of them are elderly. According to a study done by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics in 2011, the country is home to 108,395 mosques and 2,869 churches, numbers which do not include informal gatherings in people's houses.