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ANDORA

ANDORRA

    The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and the 
Government generally respects this right in practice. There is no state 
religion; however, the Constitution acknowledges a special relationship 
with the Roman Catholic Church, which receives some privileges not 
available to other faiths.
    There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom 
during the period covered by this report, and government policy 
continued to contribute to the generally free practice of religion.
    The generally amicable relationship among religions in society 
contributed to religious freedom.
    The U.S. Government discusses religious freedom issues with the 
Government as part of its overall policy to promote human rights.

                    Section I. Religious Demography

    The country has an area of 180.7 square miles, and a population of 
71,670. Very few official statistics are available relative to 
religion; however, traditionally approximately 90 percent of the 
population is Roman Catholic. The population consists largely of 
immigrants, with full citizens representing less than 38 percent of the 
total. The immigrants, who primarily are from Spain, Portugal, and 
France, also largely are Roman Catholic. It is estimated that, of the 
Catholic population, about half are active church attendees. Other 
religious groups include Muslims (who predominantly are represented 
among the estimated 2,000 North African immigrants and are split 
between two groups, one more fundamentalist), Anglican, Hinduism, the 
New Apostolic Church; the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
(Mormons); several Protestant denominations, including the Anglican 
Church; the Reunification Church; and Jehovah's Witnesses.
    Foreign missionaries are active and operate without restriction. 
For example, the Mormons and members of Jehovah's Witnesses proselytize 
from door to door.

     Section II. Status of Religious Freedom Legal/Policy Framework

    The Constitution acknowledges a special relationship with the Roman 
Catholic Church ``in accordance with Andorran tradition'' and 
recognizes the ``full legal capacity'' of the bodies of the Catholic 
Church, granting them legal status ``in accordance with their own 
rules.'' One of the two constitutionally designated princes of the 
country (who serves equally as joint head of state with the President 
of France) is Bishop Joan Vives Sicilia of the Spanish town of La Seu 
d'Urgell. The Catholic religious celebration on September 8 of the 
``Verge de Meritxell'' (Virgin of Meritxell) is also a national 
holiday. The celebration does not negatively impact any religious 
group.
    There is no law that clearly requires legal registration and 
approval of religions and religious worship. The law of associations is 
very general and does not mention specifically religious affairs. A 
consolidated register of associations records all types of 
associations, including religious groups. Registration is not 
compulsory; however, groups must register or reregister in order to be 
considered for the support that the Government provides to 
nongovernmental organizations. In order to register or reregister, 
groups must provide the association statutes, the foundation agreement, 
a statement certifying the names of persons appointed to official or 
board positions in the organization, and a patrimony declaration that 
identifies the inheritance or endowment of the organization. There are 
no known reports of rejected applications.
    The authorities reportedly had expressed some concern regarding 
what treatment groups whose actions may be considered injurious to 
public health, safety, morals, or order should receive. The law does 
not limit any such groups, although it does contain a provision that no 
one may be ``forced to join or remain in an association against his/her 
will.''
    The Muslim community is still negotiating with the Government to 
acquire a building to convert it into a mosque. However, the Muslim 
community practices its religion without restriction.
    Instruction in the tenets of the Catholic faith is available in 
public schools on an optional basis, outside of both regular school 
hours and the time frame set aside for elective school activities, such 
as civics or ethics. The Catholic Church provides teachers for religion 
classes, and the Government pays their salaries. The Cultural Islamic 
Center provides some 50 students with Arabic lessons. The Government 
and the Moroccan community continue to discuss plans that would allow 
children to receive Arabic classes in school outside of the regular 
school day.

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