ISLAMABAD: Hindus would become the world’s third largest population by 2050, while India would overtake Indonesia as the country with the largest Muslim population, according to a new study.
According to the Pew Research Center’s religious profile predictions assessed data released on Friday, the Hindu population is projected to rise by 34 per cent worldwide, from a little over 1 billion to nearly 1.4 billion by 2050, Times of India reported.
Muslims are projected to grow faster than the world’s overall population and that Hindus and Christians are projected to roughly keep pace with worldwide population growth, the report said.
“India will retain a Hindu majority but also will have the largest Muslim population of any country in the world, surpassing Indonesia,” it said.
The report predicted that by 2050 there will be near parity between Muslims (2.8 billion, or 30 per cent of the population) and Christians (2.9 billion, or 31 percent), possibly for the first time in history.
There were 1.6 billion Muslims in 2010, compared to 2.17 billionChristians.
By 2050, Muslims will make up about 10 per cent of the Europe’s population, up from 5.9 per cent in 2010.
Over the same period, the number of Hindus in Europe is expected to roughly double, from a little under 1.4 million (0.2 per cent of Europe’s population) to nearly 2.7 million (0.4 per cent), mainly as a result of immigration, it said.