Religion in Malta

Fast Facts and Religious Adherent Statistics
Population 460,891 (#174 in world) (2021 est.)
Demonym noun: Maltese (singular and plural)
adjective: Maltese
Ethnic Groups Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)
Religions Roman Catholic (official) 94%, atheist 4%, Muslim 2.6-6%, other Christian 1.3%, agnostic 1%, Judaism 200 persons (2018 est.)
Judaism 200 (2018 est.)
Christianity 95.5% (2018 est.)
Rc 94% (2018 est.)
Atheism 4% (2018 est.)
Islam 4% (2018 est.)


  1. Malta.” CIA World Factbook.
  2. Malta.” Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project.
  3. Malta.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
  4. 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Malta.” U.S. Department of State. "According to a 2018 survey conducted by the newspaper Malta Today, 94 percent of respondents identified as Catholic, 3.9 percent as atheist, and 1.3 percent reported belonging to non-Catholic Christian denominations. Another survey conducted by Malta Today in 2016 reported 2.6 percent of respondents were Muslim, 1.8 percent said they only believed in God, 1.7 percent belonged to other religious groups, and 4.5 percent were atheist or agnostic. The Islamic Call Society estimates 6 to 7 percent of the population is Muslim, of whom most are Sunni, with a smaller Shia and Ahmadi presence.... According to Jewish community leaders, the Jewish population comprises an estimated 200 persons."
  5. 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Malta.” U.S. Department of State. "The constitution stipulates full freedom of conscience and religious worship, subject to restrictions in the interest of public safety, order, morality, health, or protection of the rights and freedoms of others. It prohibits discriminatory treatment based on creed. The constitution establishes Roman Catholicism as the state religion."

Article Info

Title Religion in Malta
Last UpdatedFebruary 13, 2021
MLA Citation “Religion in Malta.” 13 Feb. 2021. Web. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022. <>