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Religious indices: government restrictions and social hostilities

posted on 2022-08-15, 06:37 authored by Chun Yin Man, David Alexander PalmerDavid Alexander Palmer


This dataset contains both tabular data and the geometry of 198 countries’ Government Restrictions Index (GRI) and Social Hostilities Index (SHI) from 2007 to 2017. GRI and SHI were developed by Pew Research Center to rate 198 countries' and self-governing territories' levels of restrictions on religions.


GRI and SHI were collected from Pew Research Center’s reports and digitized. The geospatial features, including polygons and boundaries of regions, are sourced from Natural Earth, Admin 0 – Countries version 4.1.0 (Published on 21 May 2018). For metadata, such as data description and available methods for geospatial data processing, please read the readme.pdf.

Terms of use

This dataset features in a collection of geospatial data "Geo-mapping databases for the Belt and Road Initiative". To cite this work, available citation styles can be found here: 


CRF grant no. C7052-18G, “Infrastructures of Faith: Religious Mobilities on the Belt and Road”