Topics Official religion

Constitute topics are built from the variables in the Comparative Constitutions Project’s dataset, which captures the content of world constitutions. The particular variables relevant to this topic are listed below, in the form of survey questions.

More information about the CCP’s research design is available here, including background information on how the team designed the inventory of constitutional topics as well as the full coding survey


Establishment of an official religion, or religions, for the state. Other constitutions provide special treatment for certain religions, or conversely, expressly forbid the state from establishing an official religion.


Culture and Identity


church; national religion; secular; state religion

Survey Questions

  • Does the constitution contain provisions concerning a national or official religion or a national or official church?
  • What religion does the constitution name as national or official or grant special treatment to?