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Religion > Jews: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Israel, the only officially Jewish country in the world, does not have the largest population of Jews. There are about a million more Jews in the United States than there are in the Jewish state.

Israel does have the largest number of Jews per capita, however, with over 25 times as many Jews per 1000 population than Monaco, the next highest country.

The World Jewish Congress says there were 14.26 million Jews in the world in 1998, in at least 90 countries. Close to 75 percent of the world’s Jewish population lives in Israel and the United States.

Approximately 4,000,000 Jews live in European countries (including Russia). Their populations range from a high of 600,000 in France to a low of 600 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Argentina and Brazil both have more Jewish inhabitants than all but three of the European countries – France, Russia and Ukraine.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 United States 5.8 million 1998
2 Israel 4.85 million 1998
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 1.02 million 1998
3 France 600,000 1998
4 Russia 550,000 1998
High income OECD countries average (profile) 423,977.59 1998
5 Ukraine 400,000 1998
6 Canada 360,000 1998
7 United Kingdom 300,000 1998
8 Argentina 250,000 1998
9 Brazil 130,000 1998
Non-religious countries average (profile) 107,590.91 1998
10 South Africa 106,000 1998
11 Australia 100,000 1998
Emerging markets average (profile) 80,754.76 1998
12 Hungary 80,000 1998
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 77,913.33 1998
NATO countries average (profile) 67,625 1998
=13 Belarus 60,000 1998
=13 Germany 60,000 1998
Eurozone average (profile) 54,780 1998
European Union average (profile) 50,668 1998
15 Mexico 40,700 1998
16 Belgium 40,000 1998
=17 Uzbekistan 35,000 1998
=17 Italy 35,000 1998
=17 Venezuela 35,000 1998
20 Uruguay 32,500 1998
=21 Netherlands 30,000 1998
=21 Moldova 30,000 1998
=21 Azerbaijan 30,000 1998
=24 Turkey 25,000 1998
=24 Iran 25,000 1998
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 23,338.24 1998
=26 Sweden 18,000 1998
=26 Switzerland 18,000 1998
28 Georgia 17,000 1998
=29 Latvia 15,000 1998
=29 Chile 15,000 1998
=29 Kazakhstan 15,000 1998
=32 Spain 14,000 1998
=32 Romania 14,000 1998
34 Austria 10,000 1998
=35 Denmark 8,000 1998
=35 Poland 8,000 1998
37 Morocco 7,500 1998
38 Panama 7,000 1998
=39 Slovakia 6,000 1998
=39 Lithuania 6,000 1998
=39 India 6,000 1998
=39 Czech Republic 6,000 1998
43 Colombia 5,650 1998
=44 Greece 5,000 1998
=44 New Zealand 5,000 1998
46 Kyrgyzstan 4,500 1998
=47 Estonia 3,000 1998
=47 Peru 3,000 1998
=47 Bulgaria 3,000 1998
=47 Puerto Rico 3,000 1998
=51 Costa Rica 2,500 1998
=51 Hong Kong 2,500 1998
=53 Japan 2,000 1998
=53 Croatia 2,000 1998
=53 Tunisia 2,000 1998
56 Tajikistan 1,800 1998
57 Norway 1,500 1998
=58 Turkmenistan 1,200 1998
=58 Finland 1,200 1998
=58 Paraguay 1,200 1998
=58 Guatemala 1,200 1998
=62 Monaco 1,000 1998
=62 Ireland 1,000 1998
=62 Ecuador 1,000 1998
=62 Cuba 1,000 1998
66 Zimbabwe 925 1998
67 Portugal 900 1998
68 Yemen 800 1998
=69 Bosnia and Herzegovina 600 1998
=69 Luxembourg 600 1998
=69 Gibraltar 600 1998
72 Ethiopia 500 1998
=73 Virgin Islands 400 1998
=73 Netherlands Antilles 400 1998
=73 Kenya 400 1998
76 Bolivia 380 1998
77 Democratic Republic of the Congo 320 1998
=78 Jamaica 300 1998
=78 Singapore 300 1998
=80 Dominican Republic 250 1998
=80 Thailand 250 1998
=80 Philippines 250 1998
=80 Syria 250 1998
=84 Suriname 200 1998
=84 The Bahamas 200 1998
=84 Armenia 200 1998
87 South Korea 150 1998
=88 El Salvador 120 1998
=88 Iraq 120 1998

Citation

"Countries Compared by Religion > Jews. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", World Jewish Congress (WJC), 1998. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Religion/Jews

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