Hinduism third largest religion of world: Pew research

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Jews have the highest median age (36), more than a dozen years older than the youngest group, Muslims. Hinduism, the study said, is the most geographically concentrated of the eight religious groups analysed in this report. Less than one per cent of Hindus live outside Asia and the Pacific.

India, the report said is home to 11 per cent of the world Muslim population the second largest after Indonesia.

The 10 countries with the largest number of Muslims are home to fully two-thirds (66 per cent) of all Muslims.

The largest share lives in Indonesia (13 per cent), followed by India (11 per cent), Pakistan (11 per cent), Bangladesh (8 per cent), Nigeria (5 per cent), Egypt (5 per cent), Iran (5 per cent), Turkey (5 per cent), Algeria (2 per cent) and Morocco (2 per cent).

Muslims make up a majority of the population in 49 countries.

Nearly three-quarters of all Muslims (73 per cent) live in these countries.

Although Muslims are a minority in India (14 per cent of the total population), India nonetheless has one of the largest Muslim populations in the world.

Pew said India has the largest share (47 per cent) of all members of other religions, including millions of Sikhs and Jains.

Outside India, the largest shares of people who belong to faiths in the "other religion" category are in China (16 per cent), Japan (10 per cent), Taiwan (7 per cent), North Korea (5 per cent) and the United States (3 per cent).

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