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Recognition of religion or belief in Monaco

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Principality of Monaco are classified receptive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Monaco


  • State denomination is Catholicism.

  • Recognition and registration are differentiated but a system of partial recognition is in effect whereby only the Catholic Church may achieve existential recognition and all other groups are only offered legal registration (even though this is stylised as official recognition); the recognition that Protestants, Russian Orthodox and Jewish communities have received is not the same level of recognition that Catholicism has received because those groups are only classified as religious associations.

  • Due to the confined space that Monaco has for construction, its demand for mandatory registration of offices and places of worship prior to their construction is a very rare exemption to the rule; elsewhere, this same practice would receive the country the classification of restrictive.

Positive elements:

  • Freedom of religion or belief is generally upheld.


  • Remove instances of partial recognition (which would mean the disestablishment of Catholicism as the state religion if the same degree of recognition cannot be bestowed to groups than Catholics).

  • Establish a recognition system that provides existential recognition and legal registration to all applicant groups regardless of their beliefs and practices.

  • Establish a recognition agency to deal with this recognition system independently of the state.

  • Minor issues exist within the recognition system.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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