Researchers say they’ve found the most religious place on Earth — between the southern border of the Sahara Desert and the tip of South Africa, reports Ecumenical News International.

Religion is “very important” to more than three-quarters of the population in 17 of 19 sub-Saharan nations, according to a new survey, Religion News Service reports.

In contrast, in the United States, the world’s most religious industrialised nation, 57 percent of people say religion is very important. “On a continent-wide basis, sub-Saharan Africa comes out as the most religious place on Earth,” said Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which released the study on 15 April.

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