COUNTRY PROFILES 2017
The Open Doors World Watch List highlights the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian. These are the places where followers of Christ must keep their beliefs hidden and where living the gospel means facing beatings, imprisonment, discrimination and abuse.
For the fourth year in a row, the level of overall persecution has risen, with Asia, particularly, showing a rapid rise. North Korea is still number one. As Hindu nationalists batter the churches, India climbs to its highest ever ranking of 15. Islamic extremism continues to strangle the expression of the Christian faith, fuelling persecution in 14 out of the top 20 countries, and 35 of the top 50. Millions of Christians around the world now live their lives against varying levels of discrimination, discovery, violence and arrest.
Christians living in these countries need the support of their family, the body of Christ, to help them stand firm in their faith.
Levels of persecution: Extreme Very High High