Of the major political and economic powers around the world, HR and diversity managers might be interested to know that China is the most religiously diverse. The United States doesn't even make it into the top 50 of the 232 countries the Pew Foundation ranked by its religious diversity index.

France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Russia and Australia all ranked higher than the nation that boasts among its founding principles freedom of religion.

Pew reviewed 2010 data on which of eight major religions people self-identified with: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, folk, traditional and unaffiliated. It found lots of different brands of Christianity in the U.S., but by Pew's rules, the U.S. is religiously homogenous.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.