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Where are Scotland's Buddhists?

On Thu, 18 June, 2015 - 11:56
Munisha's picture

Following the previous Triratna News post on Buddhist demographics in England and Wales, we’ve located the 2011 census figures for Scotland too, with help from reader Maureen Carroll. They show a much larger increase in Buddhist numbers than in England and Wales.

Between 2001 and 2011, the number of people in Scotland declaring Buddhism to be their current religion increased from 6,830 to 12,795.

Unfortunately the published geographical data is not as detailed as it is for England and Wales, Buddhism being lumped together with “All other religions” after Christianity and Islam, but you can see from the map to the left that “All other religions” are 1.3% or more in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen and 1%-1.3% in Dundee - and in the Trossachs, where Triratna’s stunning lochside retreat centre, Dhanakosa, just happens to be!

View the interactive map. 
View the breakdown of figures for all religions. 

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CMulraney's picture

Glad to see the Scotland figures. I am in Aberdeenshire, which looks a bit sparse, but so is the population!