That's about right. About 33 million are affiliated with the Ethiopian Orthodox church.Asteriktos said:Adherents.com puts the number 20 and 40 million (both 1990's numbers). Would you say that there are more than that Salpy? I'm under the impression that most Russians are Orthodox (by affiliation, anyway).
The Russian Federation is a much, much larger and more diverse country (something like 100 different ethnic groups and scores of languages/religions). Anyway, some polls suggest that the Orthodox adherent population is as low as 60 percent. If you take it that low, then you'd still have at least 85 million Orthodox.Out of a total population of 74 million, between 40 and 45 percent now belongs to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, concentrated in the northern regions of Tigray and Amhara. Approximately 45 percent is Sunni Muslim, centered in the eastern Somali and Afar regions, as well as Oromia. Another 10 percent of the population is Christian Evangelical and Pentecostal, the fastest growing religious group in the country. Catholics number around 750,000.
That number is probably a guess at what percentage actually attend church now and again (i.e. at least a few times a year). Self-identified statistics are much higher. The lowest I've seen is 60%. Usually it's more like 70%, as in this most recent report from the US State Department:Salpy said:The factbook then puts the number of Russians at 140 million, with about 20% being Orthodox Christian. It then admits the number may be actually bigger when one considers the number of non-practicing adherents.
A truly massive and diverse federation of provinces.2006 Report on International Religious Freedom
The country has a total area of 6,592,769 square miles, and its population is approximately 142.8 million. There were no reliable statistics that break down the population by denomination. Available information suggested approximately 70 percent of the residents considered themselves Russian Orthodox Christians, although the vast majority were not regular churchgoers. There were an estimated fourteen to twenty-three million Muslims, constituting approximately 14 percent of the population and forming the largest religious minority. The majority of Muslims lived in the Volga-Urals region--which included Tatarstan and Bashkortostan--and the North Caucasus, although Moscow, St. Petersburg, and parts of Siberia had notable Muslim populations as well. The Muslim communities in the Volga-Urals region and the North Caucasus are culturally and in some cases theologically distinct from one another and therefore must be considered separate communities.
According to the Slavic Center for Law and Justice, Protestants made up the second largest group of Christian believers, with approximately 3,500 organizations and more than 2 million followers. An estimated 600,000 to 1 million Jews (0.5 percent of the population) remained, following large-scale emigration over the last two decades; the Federation of Jewish Communities (FJC) estimated that up to 500,000 Jews lived in Moscow and 100,000 in St. Petersburg. These estimates significantly exceeded the results of the official government census. Between 5,000 and 7,000 Jews lived in the so-called Jewish Autonomous Oblast (region), located in the Far East. The Catholic Church estimated that there were from 600,000 to 1.5 million Catholics in the country, figures that also exceeded government estimates. Buddhism is traditional to three regions: Buryatiya, Tuva, and Kalmykiya; and the Buddhist Association of Russia estimated there were between 1.5 and 2 million Buddhists. In some areas, such as Yakutiya and Chukotka, pantheistic and nature-based religions were practiced independently or alongside other religions.
Do Armenians in diaspora feel a strong pull or pressure to move back to their homeland?Salpy said:There's probably about 10 million Armenian Orthodox world wide. It's hard to tell, though, since most Armenians don't live in Armenia.