The Observatory

The Observatory of Religious Pluralism in Spain provides data and diagnoses on the diversity of beliefs and the needs related to the effective exercise of religious freedom in order to contribute to the improvement of public management.


The Observatory was created in 2011 at the initiative of the Ministry of Justice, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces and the Pluralism and Coexistence Foundation, in compliance with Measure 71 of the Human Rights Plan 2008-2011 of the Government of Spain and with the aim of guiding public administrations in the implementation of management models in line with constitutional principles and the regulatory framework governing the exercise of the right to religious freedom in Spain.

Without modifying its ultimate objective, in 2021 the Observatory begins a new stage in which the production of data and analysis takes on a greater role.



The improvement of the public management of religious diversity requires information and diagnoses on basic aspects related to the religious fact in general and to the diversity of beliefs and the needs linked to the effective exercise of religious freedom in particular. This is the main contribution of the Observatory.


  • Produces its own data
  • Provides a systematic framework for observation and data analysis
  • Provides diagnostics
  • It is committed to scientific transfer and dissemination