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Religion in Tokelau

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Religion in Tokelau

The majority of people in Tokelau are Christians. Religion is a significant part of the Tokelauan way of life.


  • Denominations 1
  • Variation by atoll 2
  • References 3
  • See also 4


In 2006, all people who answered the religion question on the Tokelauan census gave one of the major Christian denominations as their religion.

In 2011, 58.5% of respondents belonged to the Congregational Christian religion and over one-third of respondents (36.8%) belonged to the Roman Catholic religion. Of the remaining 4.7%, 1.8% were Presbyterian, 0.1% belonged to Spiritual and New Age religions, and 2.8% belonged to other Christian religions.

Variation by atoll

Religious affiliation of Tokelau residents by atoll of usual residence, 2011

The majority of Tokelau's usually resident population living on Atafu (89.8%) and Fakaofo (68.9%) in 2011 were Congregational Christians. Congregational Christian has remained the major denomination on Atafu and Fakaofo since the 2006 Census, but the proportion of residents who report belonging has decreased.

In 2006, 95.4% of residents on Atafu and 70.7% on Fakaofo were Congregational Christians.

Roman Catholic has remained the major denomination of Nukunonu residents since the 2006 Census.In 2011, 93.9% of usual residents were Roman Catholics, compared with 96.9% in 2006.

Since the 2006 Census, the proportion of Congregational Christians on Nukunonu has increased markedly, from 2.1% in 2006 to 4.5% in 2011. On Atafu, the proportion of Roman Catholics also had a notable increase, from 0.2% in 2006 to 2.4% in 2011.

On Fakaofo, there was an increase in its second-largest religious denomination (Roman Catholic). In 2011, 25.9% of Fakaofo residents were Roman Catholics, compared with 22.2% in 2006.

This article contains content derived from the 2011 Tokelau Census, produced by Statistics New Zealand, which is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand License. See [1] for the full citation.


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand (2012). Profile of Tokelau Ata o Tokelau: 2011 Census of Population and Dwellings / Tuhiga Igoa a Tokelau 2011 mo te Faitau Aofaki o Tagata ma na Fale.. Wellington: Statistics New Zealand

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