Hinduism in Scotland Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism_in_Scotland

Hinduism is a minority religion in Scotland. The bulk of Scottish Hindus settled there in the second half of the 20th century. At the time of the 2001 UK Census, 5,600 people identified as Hindu, which equated to 0.1% of the Scottish population and was slightly above the number of Hindus in Wales.[1] In the 2011 UK Census, the number of Hindus in Scotland almost tripled to over 16,000 adherents.[2]


Historical Population
2001 5,564—    
2011 16,379+194.4%
Religious Affiliation was not recorded prior to 2001.
Year Percent Increase
2001 0.11% -
2011 0.31% +0.20%


Most Scottish Hindus are of Indian origin, or at least from neighbouring countries, such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Many of these came after Idi Amin's expulsion from Uganda in the 1970s, and some also came from South Africa. There are also a few of Indonesian and Afghan origin.

Many of these in turn are from the Punjab region of India. Common languages amongst them, other than English include Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Nepali.


According to the 2011 census, 16,327 stated their as Hinduism, including 47 Hare Krishnas and 17 Brahma Kumaris.[3]


There are several Hindu temples across the country. A temple in the West End of Glasgow, opened in 2006.[4] However, it was severely damaged by a fire in May 2010.[5] The ISKCON aka "Hare Krishna" also operates out of Lesmahagow in South Lanarkshire. There are also temples in Edinburgh and Dundee with plans announced in 2008 for a temple in Aberdeen.[6]

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  1. ^ ANALYSIS OF RELIGION IN THE 2001 CENSUS: Summary Report www.scotland.gov.uk, accessed 3 Dec 2009
  2. ^ "Hinduism - Testimony". Archived from the original on 2012-10-04.
  3. ^ "2011 Census: Key Results from Releases 2A to 2D" (PDF).
  4. ^ New Hindu temple opens in Glasgow BBC News, 19 July 2006
  5. ^ Fire severely damages Hindu temple in Glasgow news.bbc.co.uk, 30 May 2010
  6. ^ Hindu temple planned for Aberdeen BBC News, 22 September 2008.

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