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The Czech Republic is a postcommunist country located in central Europe (population 10.2 million, 2001), formed in 1993 after the split of Czechoslovakia; it is a member state of the European Union. The country is widely known for its high level of secularity. In the 2001 census, 59% of Czechs declared themselves as having no religion, 27% as Catholics, 2% as Protestants of various denominations, and 1% as members of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church (established in 1921); non-Christian religions had a marginal presence. According to International Social Survey Program (ISSP) 2005 data, of all the countries who participated in the survey, the Czech Republic had the highest proportion of the population who declared that they had no religious affiliation, although more in-depth sociological surveys usually ...

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