RELIGION LIBRARY

Honduras

COUNTRY PROFILE

Map of Honduras

The country has an area of 43,278 square miles and a population of 7.8 million. An estimated 90 percent of the population is mestizo (mixed Amerindian and European), 8 percent is indigenous, and the rest is principally of European, African, Asian, and Arab descent.
There are no reliable government statistics on religious affiliation. In a 2007 nationwide survey, CID-Gallup reported that 47 percent of respondents identify themselves as Roman Catholic and 36 percent evangelical Protestant. Other sources vary. The principal religious groups are Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mennonite, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and approximately 300 evangelical Protestant groups. The most prominent evangelical churches include the Abundant Life, Living Love, and Great Commission Churches. A growing number of evangelical churches have no denominational affiliation. The Honduran Fraternity of Evangelical Churches (CEH) represents the evangelical leadership. There are small numbers of Muslims (approximately 2,000) and Jews. San Pedro Sula has a mosque and a synagogue, and Tegucigalpa has a synagogue.

Population Population (2009 est.) 7,792,854
Religious Demographics Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant 3%
Ethnic Groups Ethnic Groups mestizo (mixed Amerindian and European) 90%, Amerindian 7%, black 2%, white 1%
Languages Languages Spanish, Amerindian dialects
Country Flag Flag of Honduras