The Future of World Religions

13 June 2016

Facts, Figures and Projections for 2050

Four decades ago, it seemed as if religions' influence on society was decreasing. Yet, religion is playing an even more important role today.

Alan Cooperman of the Pew Research Center has got the numbers: the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated are shrinking worldwide. At the GDI, Cooperman will offer a global outlook on the future of world religions. Based on demographic and migration data, he will predict which ones are expanding, which ones are declining – and state the consequences for society, politics and the economy.

If current global trends continue, he forecasts developments for 2050 such as:

  • Muslims will make up 10% of the overall population in Europe and will nearly equal Christians worldwide;
  • four out of ten Christians in the world will live in poor sub-Saharan Africa;
  • the Hindu and Jewish populations will be larger than they are today.

How will these trends affect Western societies? How will they influence global trade relations? And how will they change global politics?


13 June 2016
CHF 190.–
GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Langhaldenstrasse 21
8803 Rüschlikon
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English (simultaneous interpretation in German)


Barbara Zürcher
+41 44 724 62 11


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