5 European countries with the most Muslim populations

Islam has become a religion with very rapid growth in several European countries. At the time of the rise of anti-Islam action in the western world actually makes Islam stronger to grow there.

In Europe itself, Islam became the religion with the fastest population growth. Even some countries in Europe that make Islam as the official religion in their countries give privileges to Muslims.

We know that Islam is currently in a difficult situation, the actions of theorists in the name of Islam certainly make this religion worse in the eyes of western society. However, in the midst of the issue of Islamphobia it turns out that some countries in Europe have a large Muslim population. Here are five of them:

1. Turkey, countries with the most Muslim populations

5 European countries with the most Muslim populations
5 European countries with the most Muslim populations

Total population: 68.7 million
Muslim population: 68 million (99%)

Although Turkey is a secular country, Islam is an important part of Turkish life. His desire to join the European Union as a member has been met with opposition from some European countries who fear the Muslim-majority country cannot adjust to other European countries.

2. Albania, countries with the most Muslim populations

Total population: 3.1 million
Muslim population: 2.2 million (70%)

Albania banned all forms of worship until in the 1990s, Albania entered a transition into a democratic state.

Islam is now embraced by most of its population. Most Albanians are Sunni Muslims. This is related to the historical background of the nation.

3. Bosnia Hercegovina

5 European countries with the most Muslim populations
5 European countries with the most Muslim populations

Total population: 3.8 million
Muslim population: 1.5 million (40%)

Bosnia-Hercegovina has recovered from the bloody inter-ethnic war of 1992-95. Some 250,000 people have been killed in the conflict between Bosnian Muslims, Croats and Serbs.

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Nearly 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed by Serbs in Srebrenica in 1995, Europe’s worst atrocity since World War II. As a result, many Muslims are displaced, as are other members of society. To this day, peacekeepers remain in the country.

4. Macedonia

5 European countries with the most Muslim populations
5 European countries with the most Muslim populations

Total population: 2.1 million
Muslim population: 630,000 (30%)

Macedonia’s largest religion is Macedonian Orthodoxy, but nearly a third of the population calls itself Muslim. Macedonia was among those spared from the inter-ethnic violence that befell countries in the Balkans following the breakup of Yugoslavia.

5. Serbia and Montonegro (including Kosovo)

Total population: 10.8 million (including Kosovo)
Muslim population: Serbia and Montenegro – 405,000 (5%); Kosovo – about 1.8 million (90%)

In Serbia and Montenegro the dominant religion of Serbian Orthodoxy, while Islam is the second largest religion in the country with a Muslim count of about 5% of the population, but in Montenegro about 20%.

The Muslim community is considered one of the seven traditional religious communities. In Kosovo, in the late 1990s there was a devastating conflict after the Kosovo Liberation Army, backed by a predominantly Muslim ethnic Albanian majority, wags an open rebellion against Serbian rule.

Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic carried out “ethnic cleansing” against Kosovo’s Albanian population.

As a result, thousands of people died and hundreds of thousands were displaced. So severe, that NATO intervened in March and June 1999 in the ‘war’ and pushed Serbian and Kosovo forces to remain under UN control.

Deep frustration is felt by the ethnic Albanian community and concern for the future of Kosovo’s minority. Attacks on Kosovo’s ethnic minorities by Serbs are causing a decline in their population and this is a matter of concern.

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