Austria
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Austria is a democratic Republic with an elected Federal President and a Democratic parliament. In December 2016 presidential elections, a credible challenge by a candidate from the far-right, anti-EU Freedom Party was seen off, with economist Alexander Van der Bellen (independent but supported by The Greens) elected to the presidency. Constitution […]

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Belgium
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Belgium, a nation of 11.3 million, has a federal constitution with three levels of power. The Communities (French, Flemish, German), the Regions (Walloon, Flanders, Brussels) and the Federal State each have their own responsibilities, mandates and scope. Over 40% of Belgium’s population are identified as non-believers/agnostics (no religious affiliation) or […]

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France
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In France, the dominant religion is Catholicism but the state is strongly secular. Freedom of religion is supported but its importance is secondary to the freedom and rights of all citizens and public order and morality. France suffered two horrendous terrorist attacks in 2015, first against the offices of satirical […]

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Germany
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Germany, a federal parliamentary republic and a nation of 80.6 million, has a federal constitution and consists of 16 constituent states. Constitution and government The constitution (Grundgesetz, the Basic Law) and other laws and policies both protect and respect freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as freedom of […]

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Liechtenstein
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Liechtenstein in a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. Doubly landlocked between Switzerland and Austria, it has an estimated population of 35,000. Constitution and government The constitution and other laws and policies protect freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as freedom of opinion and expression.  However, the constitution […]

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Luxembourg
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Luxembourg has no state religion, although the dominant religion is Roman Catholicism. The Constitution allows freedom of religious belief and practice in general, but grants privileges to certain religious groups. Constitution and government The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and generally respects this right in practice. There is no […]

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Monaco
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With a constitution that protects free speech and expression, Monaco also provides constitutionally protected freedom of and from religion although it does have Roman Catholicism as its official state religion. Constitution and government Article 2 of the constitution dictates that Monaco is a hereditary and constitutional monarchy. Article 9 states […]

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Netherlands
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The Netherlands is a democratic, constitutional monarchy in Western Europe, generally recognised as a liberal country that formally has an evenhanded policy towards religious and non-religious views. Constitution and government The constitution and other laws and policies protect freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as freedom of opinion […]

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Switzerland
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The constitution of Switzerland and other laws and policies both protect and respect religious freedom in practice. However, some discrimination based on religious identity, belief, or practice have been reported. Constitution and government The constitution and other laws and policies protect freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and […]

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