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Many Muslims prefer to be buried back home

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Key facts

Religious breakdown of the population, 2000 census:
Roman Catholic – 41.8%
State-recognised Protestant – 33.0%
Free (mainly evangelical) Protestant – 2.2%
Old Catholic – 0.2%
Orthodox – 1.8%
Other Christians – 0.2%
Jewish community – 0.2%
Muslim – 4.3%
Buddhist – 0.3%
Hindu – 0.4%
Other – 0.1%
No religion – 11.1%

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In brief

Burials are regulated by the cantons or communes in Switzerland.

There are no Muslim cemeteries in Switzerland, but sections have been set aside for this community.

In a number of cities, including Zurich and St Gallen, requests from Muslims for burial areas aligned with Mecca have led to lively debates.

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