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3 Organization and leadership
4 Number of adherents
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10 Relations with other christians
11 The church today

Based on the numbers of adherents, Eastern Orthodoxy is the second largest Christian communion in the world after the Roman Catholic Church.[1] The most common estimates of the number of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide is approximately 225–300 million.[2][3] Eastern Orthodoxy is the largest single religious faith in Belarus (85%), Bulgaria (83%), Macedonia (72%), Cyprus (80%), Georgia (89%), Greece (98%), Moldova (98%), Montenegro (74%),[4] Romania (87%), Serbia (84%),[5], Russia (80%),[6] and Ukraine (80%).[7] The number of Eastern Orthodox adherents represents about 36% of the population in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Albania the adherents number around 25% out of a 40% Christian population, the other being Roman Catholic. As the dominant religion in northern Kazakhstan, it represents 40% of Kazakhstan, and 4% of Lithuania, 9% of Latvia , and 13% of the Estonian population. Large Eastern Orthodox Christian communities exist in the Mediterranean countries of Syria (80% of Christian pop), Lebanon (40% of Christian pop) and 10% of the whole Lebanese population, Jordan (80% of Christian pop), Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip (Palestinian Christians) with some families able to trace their ancestry to the earliest Christians of the Holy Land. In addition, there are also significant Eastern Orthodox communities in Western Europe (solely the transplanted Macedonian, Romanian, Serbian, Albanian, Greek and Russian communities), Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, and South America through the pattern of immigration from Eastern Europe and the Middle East in the last 400 or some years.

The numerous Protestant groups in the world, if taken all together, outnumber the Eastern Orthodox,[8] but they differ theologically and do not form a single communion.[9]

  1. Major Branches of Religions Ranked by Number of Adherents
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  3. Eastern Orthodox Denomination
  4. Zavod za statistiku Crne Gore (in Montenegrin)
  7. CIA - The World Factbook - Field Listing - Religions
  8. Jay Diamond, Larry. Plattner, Marc F. and Costopoulos, Philip J. World Religions and Democracy. 2005, page 119.(also in PDF file, p49), saying "Not only do Protestants presently constitute 13 percent of the world’s population—about 800 million people—but since 1900 Protestantism has spread rapidly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America."
  9. Major Branches of Religions

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