The main religion of Sri Lanka is Theravada Buddhism, which is also the country's official religion. Around 70 percent of the population practices Buddhism. The second most common religion is Hinduism, which 15 percent of the population professes.
Around 8 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, and they cluster in the western part of the country. Muslims make up around 7 percent of the population, and they congregate in the east. The north is predominantly Hindu. The Sinhalese majority is Buddhist. According to a recent Gallup poll, Sri Lanka is one of the most religious countries in the world, since 99 percent of Sri Lankans say religion plays a major part of their daily lives.