Nation With Second Largest Jewish Population Per Capita Is…

December 27, 2012 12:09 pm 2 comments

Arial view of Gibraltar. Photo: Wikipedia

A new Pew poll has confirmed that Gibraltar has the second highest percentage of Jews among  inhabitants of any nation in the world. Here are the top six:

1) Israel 75.6%
2) Gibraltar 2%
3) United States 1.8%
4) Monaco 1.7%
5) Belize 1%
6) Canada 1%

As Elder of Ziyon pointed out, the JTA profiled Gibraltar’s Jewish community in December 2011.

“Four synagogues, a mikvah, a kosher coffeehouse and separate boys and girls religious high schools.”

“Combined, they suggest a community far larger than just 750 Jews. But Gibraltar — the tiny British overseas territory of 30,000 that sits at the foot of Spain and at the gateway to North Africa and the Mediterranean — has spent centuries cultivating its individuality.”

“We’ve got an infrastructure that could cope with a community of 2,000, and we’ve only got 700,” Mark Benady, a native Gibraltarian and vice president of the territory’s Jewish community, told the JTA.

According to the Pew report, the following countries have a larger Jewish population than Muslim population:

Israel, United States, Monaco, Belize, Cayman Islands, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, San Marino, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Chile, and Hungary.

2 Comments

  • 1) Last I looked, Gibraltar is not a country.

    2) 750 is actually 2.5%, plus there are probably some hidden Jews in there as well.

    3) I have to seriously question the Belize figure. That would mean 3,000 Jews in the country; I have not visited there, but several family members have, and they have commented about there being no Jews. In fact, they have a sizeable Palestinian Christian Arab population, one of which was recently President.

    • I think you are correct about Belize..there are however part-timers from the US,Canada and a few from the UK who have residences there -but the figure given is inflated.There are a few Palestinians but there are a few hundredSyrian Christians (Christian mostly) and about as many Turks.The larger part of Belize’s Moslem population is of Indo-Paki origin mostly from other Caribbean areas who total a few thousand..they and the growing Chinese comminity of also a few thousand control a growing share of the local commerce.

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