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Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says

By Jason Palmer
Science and technology reporter, BBC News, Dallas
22 March 2011 Last updated at 03:31 ET

In the UK, Wales has the highest proportion of religiously "non-affiliated"

A study using census data from nine countries shows that religion there is set for extinction, say researchers.

The study found a steady rise in those claiming no religious affiliation.

The team's mathematical model attempts to account for the interplay between the number of religious respondents and the social motives behind being one.

The result, reported at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, US, indicates that religion will all but die out altogether in those countries.

The team took census data stretching back as far as a century from countries in which the census queried religious affiliation: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlan


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