Religions: things work differently in Switzerland

Why is the world becoming more religious? And why is Islam growing faster in Europe than predicted? Answers from Alan Cooperman (religious researcher) in the following interview and on 13 June 2016 at the GDI.
6 January, 2016 by
Religions: things work differently in Switzerland
GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Your studies explore how world religions will evolve quantitatively by 2050. Why are these studies relevant?

What big trends are in store for Europe? And how do they compare to the trends in the US and the rest of the world?

What surprised you the most in your findings?

On the basis of demographic data, you extrapolate global developments for 2050. How does your method take account of unforeseeable phenomena like the global refugee migration we have been experiencing for some years?

Your numbers predict that by 2050, Muslims will make up ten percent of European population. Parallel to immigration, Europe is experiencing Islamist terrorist attacks and growing xenophobia. How will this situation develop until 2050?

Your study provides numbers for Switzerland, too. Compared to the rest of Europe, Islam is not growing as strongly. Why?

The number of Swiss who are religiously unaffiliated, on the other hand, is increasing. What is the cause for that?

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