According to a barometer launched in December 2020 by the Institute of Political Science of the Romanian Academy, the Church remains Romania's most trusted institution, enjoying the confidence of 70% of Romanians. It is followed by the Army (62%), the Academy (48%) and the local municipalities (43%).
Mostly Orthodox (86,5% Orthodox, 4,6% Catholics and 3,2% Protestants), Romanians do not see their religion as being intolerant and as opposing the staunchly pro-Western stance of their country. 88,5% do not see the religion as an obstacle to their country EU and euroatlantic belonging, 93% say that they would not be disturbed living alongside people of other religion, and 79% would not be bothered if their child would marry a person of other religion.
The 2020 Academy research confirms two other former international studies that indicated Romania as one of the most religious countries in the world. The 2015 Religiosity and Atheism Index of Gallup International placed the country on seventh place in the world. A 2018 Pew Research Center study
considered Romania as the first most religious out of 34 European countries - with 55% of Romanians being “highly religious”, compared to 12% of people in France or Germany, and as the second country, after Poland, in therms of religious service attendance - 61% of Poles saying they attend worship services at least monthly, compared to 50% of Romanians.
Blaj, the sacred place of the national resurgence of Romania
Carta Abbey – Cistercians’ easternmost outpost in Europe
Stavropoleos monastery. The Jewel within the very heart of the city
A life rhythmed by prayers. A touching inscription on a Viscri house