Buddhism in Central America
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Buddhism in Central America

Buddhism is practiced throughout Central America. Buddhism's presence in the region was primarily driven by the presence of Chinese immigrant workers during the early 19th century. Presently, Buddhism in the region is primarily of the Mahayana and Vajrayana schools, with many countries in the region having several Buddhist temples, schools, and meditation centers.[1]

Buddhist percentage by country

Buddhism by country in the Central America
National flag Country Population(2007E) % of Buddhists Buddhist total
Flag of Belize.svg Belize 294,385 0.35% [2] 1,030
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica 4,133,884 2.34% [3] 96,733
Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador 7,076,598 0.1% [4] 7,076
Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala 12,728,111 0.1% [5] 12,728
Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras 7,483,763 0.1% [6] 7,484
Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua 5,675,356 0.1% [7] 5,675
Flag of Panama.svg Panama 3,242,173 0.1% 100
Total 40,634,270 0.489% 198,812


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