Levels of freedom to practice faith across the 53-state Commonwealth are unveiled in a study by the Council of Christians and Jews.

New Zealand is the Commonwealth country with the greatest amount of religious freedom, according to new research published this week by the Council of Christians and Jews.

The CCJ statistics have been unveiled ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting taking place on April 19 and 20 in the UK.

Using data from the Pew Global Religious Futures Project, the figures show that Lesotho and Botswana closely follow New Zealand in the religious freedom rankings, but that Malaysia heads the list of those with the least religious freedom, followed by India and Nigeria.

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