Global Religious Freedom Data Spectrum
The Global Religious Freedom Data Spectrum aims to provide a comparative framework for viewing a wide range of data from organizations’ country rankings on the issues of freedom of religion or belief. By placing the rankings of these diverse organizations in one central place, the Data Spectrum offers users the opportunity to identify a richer, ideologically broader look at each country in the world. The maps below show the data in a compelling way that can help people understand the opportunities and gaps in Global Religious Freedom data.
A project of 21Wilberforce and IIRF
Interactive Data Spectrum Map
On the map below you can view the country rankings of the 13 organizations included in this project. Users can see the overall rankings in the color-coded maps and drill down to view the individual rankings of each country on each of the layers. There is also an “All Data Spectrum Indicators Map” where all the country rankings of each organization are listed.
Map Layer Instructions
- In the top left corner of the map, select the “toggle layer list”
- Click on the eye button to any specific organizational map you wish to view.
- You can click on each country to see their ranking for that map layer.
- To view a new organization’s map, you must uncheck the previous layer and then select a new layer.
Country Rankings Instructions
You can use the tool below to filter and compare the country rankings of each organization. Simply choose specific rankings from the dropdown menus or edit the numerical values for the range fields (which are pre-set to include the full numerical range for that organization).
State Department Source:
Pew—Government Restrictions Index:
Pew—Social Hostilities Index:
Open Doors—Level of Christian Persecution:
Cato—Human Freedom Index:
ADL Global—100 Survey:
Freedom House—Freedom of Expression and Belief:
World Index for Moral Freedom:
World Index Source:
Varieties of Democracy Index:
Varieties of Democracy Source:
ARDA Religious Regulation Index:
ARDA Religious Minority Discrimination Index:
ARDA Religious Minority Discrimination Source:
Aid to the Church in Need Report:
Aid to the Church in Need Report Source:
|USCIRF||Country of Particular Concern, Special Watch List||https://www.uscirf.gov/sites/default/files/2021-04/2021%20Annual%20Report.pdf|
|Pew Government Restrictions Index||Low–High||https://www.pewforum.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2020/11/PF_20.10.28_Restrictions11_appendixA.pdf|
|Pew Social Hostilities Index||Low–High||https://www.pewforum.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2020/11/PF_20.10.28_Restrictions11_appendixB.pdf|
|Open Doors – Level of Christian Persecution||Very High, Extreme||https://www.opendoorsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/WWL2021_Booklet-digital.pdf|
|Cato Human Freedom Index||0–10, least to most free||https://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/2020-12/human-freedom-index-2020.pdf|
|ADL Global 100 Survey||0%–100% of adults expressing antisemitic attitudes to most survey questions||https://global100.adl.org|
|Freedom House – Feedom of Expression & Belief||0–4, least to most free||https://freedomhouse.org/countries/freedom-world/scores|
|World Index of Moral Freedom||0–100, least to most free||https://fundalib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/WIMF-2020.pdf|
|Varieties of Democracy Index||0–4, low to high levels of religious freedom||https://www.v-dem.net/en/analysis/MapGraph/|
|Freedom of Thought Index||1–200, most to least free||https://fot.humanists.international/ranking-index-2020/|
|Aid to the Church in Need – Religious Freedom Report||Stable, Discrimination, Persecution||https://religious-freedom-report.org/fr/home-fr/|
|Religious Regulation Index||0–3, low to high levels of religious regulation||https://www.thearda.com/internationalData/|
|Religious Minority Discrimination||0–3, low to high levels of religious minority discrimination||https://www.thearda.com/internationalData/|
21Wilberforce originally launched the Project in 2020 in partnership with the Loeb Institute of George Washington University. The hosting of the Project was transferred to IIRF in 2023 and 21Wilberforce remains a collaborative partner on the Project.