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All Countries in the World & Whether They Have Masonic Grand Lodges

Please note:  The purpose of this webpage is to attempt to list every country in the world (those which are members of the United Nations are in italics) and indicate which are known to have at least one Masonic Grand Lodge. If anyone has any suggested changes or additions for this chart, please contact Paul M. Bessel, at paulb'at'bessel.org

Please note that there are many lodges and Masons in countries that do not have their own Grand Lodges. For example, the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has chartered many lodges in such countries, and the members of those lodges are Masons under the UGLE even though they live in countries other than England.

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North America

Country 2005 "Freedom" Rating from Freedom House (http://www.freedomhouse.org) Does this country have 1 or more Masonic Grand Lodges?
Canada free     Yes  
Mexico free     Yes  
United States of America free     Yes  
  3     3  

Central America

Country 2005 "Freedom" Rating from Freedom House (http://www.freedomhouse.org) Does this country have 1 or more Masonic Grand Lodges?
Belize free       No
Costa Rica free     Yes  
El Salvador free     Yes  
Guatemala   partly free   Yes  
Honduras   partly free   Yes  
Nicaragua   partly free   Yes  
Panama free     Yes  
  4 3   6 1

Caribbean

Country 2005 "Freedom" Rating from Freedom House (http://www.freedomhouse.org) Does this country have 1 or more Masonic Grand Lodges?
Antigua and Barbuda free       I don't think so
Bahamas free     Yes  
Barbados free     Yes  
Cuba     not free Yes  
Dominica free       No
Dominican Republic free     Yes  
Granada free       No
Haiti   partly free   Yes  
Jamaica free     Yes (I think so)  
Saint Kitts and Nevis free       No
Saint Lucia free       No
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines free       No
Trinidad and Tobago free       No
  11 1 1 6 7

South America

Country 2005 "Freedom" Rating from Freedom House (http://www.freedomhouse.org) Does this country have 1 or more Masonic Grand Lodges?
Argentina free     Yes   
Bolivia   partly free   Yes  
Brazil   partly free   Yes  
Chile free     Yes  
Colombia   partly free   Yes  
Ecuador   partly free   Yes  
Guyana free       No
Paraguay   partly free   Yes  
Peru   partly free   Yes  
Suriname free       No
Uruguay free     Yes  
Venezuela   partly free   Yes  
  5 7   10 2

Europe

Country 2005 "Freedom" Rating from Freedom House (http://www.freedomhouse.org) Does this country have 1 or more Masonic Grand Lodges?
Albania   partly free     No
Andorra free     Yes   
Armenia   partly free   Yes  
Austria free     Yes  
Azerbaijan     not free   No
Belarus     not free   No
Belgium free     Yes  
Bosnia and Herzegovina   partly free     No
Bulgaria free     Yes  
Croatia free     Yes  
Cyprus (Greek) free       No
Cyprus (Turkish Cyprus)   partly free     No
Czech Republic free     Yes  
Denmark free     Yes  
Estonia free       No
Finland free     Yes  
France free     Yes  
Georgia   partly free     No
Germany free     Yes  
Greece free     Yes  
Hungary free     Yes  
Iceland free     Yes  
Ireland free     Yes  
Italy free     Yes  
Latvia free     Yes  
Liechtenstein free       No
Lithuania free     Yes  
Luxembourg free     Yes  
Macedonia   partly free   Yes  
Malta free     Yes  
Moldova   partly free   Yes  
Monaco free       No
Netherlands free     Yes  
Norway free     Yes  
Poland free     Yes  
Portugal free     Yes  
Romania free     Yes  
Russia     not free Yes  
San Marino free     Yes  
Slovakia free       No
Slovenia free     reported to have a Grand Lodge  
Spain free     Yes  
Sweden free     Yes  
Switzerland (not a U.N. member) free     Yes  
Turkey   partly free   Yes  
Ukraine   partly free   Yes  
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland free     Yes  
Yugoslavia   partly free   Yes  
Vatican City (not a U.N. member)         No
  35 10 3 37 11

Asia

Country 2005 "Freedom" Rating from Freedom House (http://www.freedomhouse.org) Does this country have 1 or more Masonic Grand Lodges?
Afghanistan not free No
Australia free Yes
Bahrain not free No
Bangladesh partly free No
Bhutan not free No
Brunei not free No
Cambodia not free No
China (Peoples Republic) not free No
China (Taiwan) (not a U.N. Member) free Yes
East Timor partly free No
Fiji partly free No
India free Yes
Indonesia partly free No
Iran not free Yes (in exile)
Iraq not free No
Israel free Yes
Japan free Yes
Jordan partly free No
Kazakhstan not free No
Kiribati (not a U.N. member) free No
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North Korea) not free No
Korea, Republic of (South Korea) free No
Kuwait partly free No
Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz Republic) not free No
Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos) not free No
Lebanon not free I have heard there might be a Grand Lodge there, but I'm not sure about this.
Malaysia partly free No
Maldives not free No
Marshall Islands free No
Mauritius free No
Micronesia free No
Mongolia free No
Myanmar, Union of (Burma) not free No
Nauru (not a U.N. member) free No
Nepal partly free No
New Zealand free Yes
Oman not free No
Pakistan not free No
Palau free No
Papua New Guinea partly free No
Philippines free Yes
Qatar not free No
Samoa (Western Samoa) free No
Saudi Arabia not free No
Singapore partly free No
Solomon Islands partly free No
Sri Lanka partly free No
Syria not free No
Tajikistan not free No
Thailand free No
Turkmenistan not free No
Tuvalu (not U.N. member) free No
United Arab Emirates not free No
Uzbekistan not free No
Vanuatu free       No
Viet Nam not free No
Yemen partly free No
19 13 25 8 48

Africa

Country 2005 "Freedom" Rating from Freedom House (http://www.freedomhouse.org) Does this country have 1 or more Masonic Grand Lodges?
Algeria not free No
Angola     not free   No
Benin free     Yes  
Botswana free       No
Burkina Faso   partly free   Yes  
Burundi   partly free     No
Cameroon     not free   No
Cape Verde free       No
Central African Republic     not free   No
Chad     not free   No
Comoros partly free No
Congo, Democratic Republic of the (formerly Zaire)     not free   No
Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville)   partly free     No
Djibouti partly free No
Egypt not free No
Equatorial Guinea     not free   No
Eritrea     not free   No
Ethiopia   partly free     No
Gabon   partly free   Yes  
Gambia (The Gambia)     not free   No
Ghana free       No
Guinea     not free Yes  
Guinea-Bissau   partly free     No
Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire)     not free Yes  
Kenya     not free   No
Lesotho   partly free     No
Liberia   partly free     No longer
Libya     not free   No
Madigascar   partly free   Yes  
Malawi   partly free     No
Mali free     Yes  
Mauritania not free No
Morocco   partly free   Yes  
Mozambique   partly free     No
Namibia free       No
Niger   partly free     No
Nigeria   partly free     No
Rwanda     not free   No
Sao Tome and Principe free No
Senegal   partly free   Yes  
Seychelles   partly free     No
Sierra Leone   partly free     No
Somalia     not free   No
South Africa free     Yes  
Sudan     not free   No
Swaziland     not free   No
Tanzania   partly free     No
Togo   partly free   Yes  
Tonga (not U.N. member)   partly free      
Tunisia     not free   No
Uganda   partly free     No
Zambia   partly free     No
Zimbabwe   partly free     No
  8 25 20 11 42
 

Summary

Continent Number of Countries in each category of "Freedom" as rated by Freedom House in its 2005 report (http://www.freedomhouse.org) Number of Countries that have  Masonic Grand Lodges, in each "Freedom" category as rated by Freedom House in its 2005 report (http://www.freedomhouse.org)
  free partly free not free free partly free not free
North America 3     3    
Central America 4 3   3 3  
Caribbean 11 1 1 4 1 1
South America 5 7   3 7  
Europe 35 10 3 30 6 1
Asia 19 13 25 7   1
Africa 8 25 20 3 6 2
Totals 85 59 49 53 23 5
 

Of the 192 countries in the world, 75, or 39%, have Masonic Grand Lodges.  118, or 61% of the countries in the world do not have Masonic Grand Lodges.

Of the 86 countries of the world rated as free, Masonic Grand Lodges exist in 49 (57%), but not in the following 37 (43%).

Central America (1) Belize
Caribbean (6)

Dominica
Granada
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago

South America (1) Guyana
Europe (10) Cyprus (Greek)
Estonia
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Malta
Monaco
San Marino
Slovakia
Asia (15) Fiji
Kiribati
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Micronesia
Mongolia
Nauru
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Samoa (Western Samoa)
Solomon Islands
Thailand
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Africa (5) Botswana
Cape Verde
Mauritania
Namibia
Sao Tome and Principe

 

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