The Church of Melanesia continues to be the dominant religious denomination in the Solomon Islands with the majority (32.2%) of the population who reported being affiliated to the Church.
This was an increase of 40.9% of people since the 2009 Census. From 1999 to 2009, the number of people who affiliated to the Church also increased by 22.6%. (Table 8.3.1, Figure 8.3.1).
As shown in Figure 8.3.1, apart from the Church of Melanesia, the Catholic Church was the second largest church that consisted of 20 percent of the population. Both the Church of Melanesia and the Catholic Church were the two largest denominations that comprised about half of the total population.
Table 8.3.1: Population by religious denomination, Solomon Islands: 1999, 2009, 2019
Figure 8.3.1: Percent of religious denomination, Solomon Islands: 2019
Table 8.3.2 shows the largest religious denominations by sex. The
Church of Melanesia comprised of about the same percent for males (32.2%) and females (32.1%) who affiliated to the Church. Similarly,1 in every 5 males and females in the Solomon Islands affiliated to the Roman Catholic Church.
Table 8.3.2: Population by larger religious denomination and sex, Solomon Islands: 2019
The same was observed with close to equal sex representations of people who attended the South Sea Evangelical (males = 17.2%; females = 17.3%) and Seventh Day Adventist (males = 11.3%; females = 11.9%) denominations.
Table 8.3.3 shows other religious denominations and religious faiths identified in the 2019 Census.
Table 8.3.3: Smaller religious denominations and religions by sex, Solomon Islands: 2019
Although most people stated their religious affiliations, a small proportion of people (1,227) claim that they had no religion, and 133 people refused to provide any information.
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