In England, Christians became a minority

Westminster Palace and Big Ben, London / Photo: Free Press, Archive

England and Wales are no longer majority Christian countries. Less than half of the population of Great Britain declared themselves Christian in the last census.

The percentage of English and Welsh people who identified as Christian fell from 59 in the 2011 census to 46 percent.

The number of citizens who declared that they have no religion rose to 37 percent.

Ethnic minorities make up two-thirds of Londoners, and the number of whites in England and Wales has fallen by around 500.000, preliminary results from last year's census show.

The number of Muslims increased from five to 6,5 percent, while the percentage of those who identified as Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu and Jewish remained largely the same as ten years ago.

Although there is a noticeable change in the ethnic composition, more than 90 percent of the citizens of England and Wales said that they feel British. Around 82 per cent of people in England and Wales said they were white, a fall of four per cent since the 2011 census.

Asians are the second largest group in the UK, currently at 9,3 per cent.

People who identify as Asian, a term generally used by Britons for residents of South Asian countries including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, make up the second largest population group in the UK at 9,3 per cent. In the previous census, there were 7,5 percent.

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