Religions: guaranteed freedom

State protection for every religion

As a country of immigration, Germany is home to a wide range of religions.

People from very different religious backgrounds are to be encountered on a daily basis. Freedom of religion is highly valued in Germany. It is enshrined in Article 4 of the Basic Law:

 (1) Freedom of faith and of conscience, and freedom to profess a religious or philosophical creed, shall be inviolable.

 (2) The undisturbed practice of religion shall be guaranteed.

The majority of Germany’s inhabitants are Christian. Some 50 million people, or two-thirds of the German population, are members of either the Roman Catholic Church or the Evangelical Church in Germany.

Islam, which accounts for almost five percent of the population, is the third-largest religion in Germany. In addition, there are over 70 other religious communities in Germany. These include the Jewish community, which has congregations and synagogues throughout the country, and Ahmadiyya, Baha’I, Buddhist, Hindu, and Sikh communities.

A good third of the population is without confession.

Information on the World Wide Web

Goethe Institute
Information on religious life in Germany (German, English)

Roman Catholic Church in Germany (German)

Evangelical Church in Germany
Information on the Protestant belief in Germany (German, English, French)

The central council of the muslims informs on the Islam in Germany (German)

German Islam Conference
The dialogue between representants of the muslims and the German State intends to promote social cohesion in Germany. (German, English, Turkish)

Commission of the Orthodox Churches in Germany
About the Orthodox Church in Germany (German)

German Buddhist Union (DBU)
The DBU intends to develop Buddhism in the occident and to be a neutral contact point for all questions concerning Buddhism. (German, English)

Central Council of Jews in Germany
Besides the representation of its members interests, the Central Council of Jews pleads for the mutual understanding between Jews and non-Jews.

Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB)
The DITIB wants to contribute to integration and provide Muslims with a place of worship (German, Turkish)

Association of Islamic Cultural Centres (VIKZ)
The VIKZ pursues the goal of providing assistance to Muslims in Germany (German, Turkish)

Alevite Association Germany (AABF)
The parent organisation represents the Alevits in Germany (German, Turkish)

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMJ)
The AMJ is an Islamic, international organisation (German)

Here you get information on the Bahá’í religion (German)

Sikh Religion
Internet portal about Sikh religion (German, English)

Council of Religions Frankfurt
Here you find information on the Council of Religions of the city of Frankfurt (German)

Council of Religions Ulm
Here you find information on the Council of Religions of the city of Ulm (German)

Council of Religions Bonn
Here you find information on the Council of Religions of the city of Bonn (German)

Council of Religions Hanover
Here you find information on the Council of Religions of the city of Hanover (German)