17 Mar

Atheism in the Caucasus

Atheism in the Former Soviet Union is a complicated subject. During the Soviet period, everyone was encouraged to be atheist, but what about now? While it is difficult to ask people about their religion, asking them about their attitudes toward particular religions (or lack there of) IS possible.

First people were asked how often they thought that they came in contact with an atheist.

Interestingly, Azerbaijan seems to have the “most” atheists, although the 22% “don’t know” is telling. Nonetheless, 10% daily contact is a lot compared to Armenia and Georgia.


But what about an atheist joining the family?


Again, Azerbaijanis seem to be the most tolerant of an atheist in the family.

(All from 2012 Caucasus Barometer).