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.

Mohammed from Egypt
My faith and my religion are a part of me. And so the different religious festivals and holidays are important to me. But sometimes it’s difficult to integrate those traditions into my everyday life in Germany. For example, the Muslim holidays fall on different days of the year than the Christian ones, and they also often fall on weekdays. At the beginning it didn’t always go without saying that my school-age children could stay away from school on those days. I talked with the school head. That’s how I found out that every federal state has its own directives on which Muslim festivals my children can take part in without missing school without permission. The school was very helpful and understanding.

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.

Religions in Germany

Information on the World Wide Web

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Currently the biggest Islamic reform movement

Alevite Association Germany

The parent organisation of the Alevits in Germany
(German, Turkish)

Evangelical Church in Germany

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

Roman Catholic Church in Germany

Overview of Council of Faiths

Project to foster the dialog between religious communities
(German, English)

Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs

Muslim community center with educational, sports and cultural activities
(German, Turkish)

Central Council of Jews in Germany

Information about Judaism and search for Synagogues
(German, English, Russian)

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