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Religions in Korea
About 46% of South Korean citizens profess to follow no particular religion. Of the religious population, Christians account for 50%, Buddhists 46%, Confucianists 3%, Shamanist, Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way), and other 1%. Buddhism is stronger in the east of the country, namely the Yeongnam and Gangwon regions, where it accounts for more than half of the religious population. Christianity, which first gained a foothold in Korea in the late 18th century, grew rapidly in the 1970s and 1980s; in large part by being at the forefront of the social justice movement against the ruling military regimes. South Korea is now the second largest missionary sending nation after the United States. In addition to these formal religions, many Koreans follow Confucian customs, and many Buddhists combine that religion with Korean Shamanism. In the beginning of the 11th century under the Koryo Dynasty, Islam came to Korea.
South Korea. Population as of 2005: 48.8 million.