Sunday 11 November 2007

AAE Q107: Religion and Food in Britain


What the customs for religions and food in British society?



Britain is traditionally a Christian state and most people living in Britain are Christian.

Britain has one of the most religiously diverse populations in the European Union. British people are free to choose and follow their own religious beliefs. Although Christianity is the main religion, there are also large communities of Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Jews, and smaller communities of Baha'is, Buddhists, Jains and Zoroastrians.

The most recent (2007) survey by Tearfund discovered that 53% of the population identified themselves as Christian, compared with almost three-quarters who had in the last census in 2001.

The Census

Since 1801, every 10 years the nation has set aside one day for the Census - a count of all people and households. It is the most complete source of information about the population that we have. The latest Census was held on Sunday 29 April 2001.

The following results are from the religions section in the 2001 census:

* Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%,
* Muslim 2.7%,
* Hindu 1%,
* other 1.6%,
* unspecified or none 23.1%

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