South African Culture

Religion

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According to the 2011 South African Census, 79.8% of South Africans are Christian, 1.5% are Muslim, 1.2% are Hindu, 0.2% are Jewish and 15.1% are non-religious.

The majority of white and mixed-race people (86.85%) are Christian. 79.9% of black South Africans are also Christian; however, many retain the traditional belief systems of their tribes. These often involve superstitious beliefs.The Asian-Indian population of South Africa is largely Hindu (47.3%), Muslim (24.7% and Christian (24.2%).

Of the South-African population within Australia, 14.7% are Anglican, 13.7% are Catholic, 8.9% are Jewish and 49% adhere some other religion or variation of Christianity. 13.6% are non-religious.
South Africa
  • Population
    54,300,704
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Isizulu [official] (22.7%)
    IsiZhosa [official] (16%)
    Afrikaans [official] (13.5%)
    English [official] (9.6%)
    Sepedi [official] (9.1%)
    Setswana [official] (8.0%)
    Sesotho [official] (7.6%)
    Xitsonga [official] (4.5%)
    siSwati [official] (2.5%)
    Tshivenda [official] (2.4%)
    isiNdebele [official] (2.1%)
    Other (2.1%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Religion
    Protestant Christianity (36.6%)
    Catholic Christianity (7.1%)
    Other Christianity (36%)
    No Religion (15.1%)
    Islam (1.5%)
    Other (2.3%)
    Unspecified (1.4%)
    [2001 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Black Africans (80.2%)
    White (8.4%)
    Coloured (8.8%)
    Indian/Asian (2.5%)
    [2014 est.]
    Note: Coloured is a term used in South Africa to refer to persons of mixed race ancestry
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 49
    Individualism 65
    Masculinity 63
    Uncertainty Avoidance 49
    Long Term Orientation 34
    Indulgence 63
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  • Australians with South African Ancestry
    118,960
South Africans in Australia
  • Population
    162,449
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in South Africa.
  • Average Age
    39
  • Gender
    Male (49.2%)
    Female (50.8%)
  • Religion
    Anglican Christianity (14.7%)
    Catholic Christianity (13.7%)
    No Religion (15.1%)
    No Religion (13.6%)
    Judaism (8.9%)
    Other (49%)
  • Ancestry
    South African (38.6%)
    English (22.5%)
    Dutch (5.4%)
    Scottish (4.9%)
    Other (28.6%)
  • Languages
    English (74.7%)
    Afrikaans (21.6%)
    German (0.4%)
    Other (2.7%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (97.5%)
    Not well (1%)
  • Diaspora
    Anglican Christianity (14.7%)
    Catholic Christianity (13.7%)
    No Religion (13.6%)
    Judaism (8.9%)
    Other (49%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (24.2%)
    2001-2006 (24.2%)
    2007-2011 (27.2%)
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