Attempts to determine the relationship between the religiosity of countries and living standards were numerous. And among the unbelievers, these studies are very popular for the simple reason that even a cursory glance at the map of the world in religious camouflage as if to leave no doubt in the obvious conclusion: “the higher the religiosity, the worse people live.”

However, this is a quick superficial analysis. The atheists here put the cart before the horse.

Not from the religion of the people become poor and become rich, people begin to believe less and pray.

Consider first

TOP 10 countries with the lowest index of religiosity
1. Estonia — 16%
2. Sweden — 17%
3. Denmark — 19%
4. Japan — 24%
5. Hong Kong — 24%
6. UK — 27%
7. Vietnam — 30%
8. France — 30%
9. Russia — 34%
10.Belarus — 34%

And fix some obvious rebuttals that demolish this theory:

In this top ten at least three countries have a poor population: Russia, Belarus, and Vietnam. Estonia is too far removed from the “three leaders”. Perhaps in the power attributed to the slowness of Estonians. Next also roams the “developed” Mongolia.
The exclusivity of the first paragraph atheists explain history, “when for a long period, the local authorities suppressed the right to religious expression” population (s) to INTERFAX. But the historical past of these countries was ruled by atheists and to the prosperity of their country, they somehow failed.
In developed countries with relatively high religiosity includes the United States, the Gulf States, South Korea, Spain, Ireland, etc religiosity does not prevent to prosper.
European countries are well represented in the club of the rich have achieved their prosperity long before the broad offensive of the atheistic masses. Religious Europe dominated the world for at least a few centuries ahead and colonized almost the entire rest of the world. However, right now, with the onset of unbelief, we see how Europe eats the remnants of former luxury and inferior to the leader of a rapidly developing Asia.
Studies conducted inside United States showed that religious people are richer than atheists who are somewhere in the middle of the chart, behind even the much-hated them Orthodox Christians.

Well, how to explain this

TOP 10 countries with the highest index of religiosity?
1. Bangladesh — 99%+
2. Niger — 99%+
3. Yemen — 99%
4. Indonesia — 99%
5. Malawi — 99%
6. Sri Lanka- 99%
7. Somalia — 98%
8. Djibouti — 98%
9. Mauritania — 98%
10.Burundi — 98%

It’s very simple to explain.

In the language of sociologists, these countries have a low standard of living due to not religiosity per se, but due to the heavy “historical past.” And Lev Gumilev called another reason for the backwardness of Africa… its climate. Civilization has a favorable climatic conditions had no need of drive. Why reinvent and look for the best when “and the crocodile caught, and grow a coconut”?
These countries were deprived of “happiness” inculcate atheistic ones into the population and therefore to be traced as the effect of unbelief on their well-being is not possible.
On the other hand it is the country where the actively developed Christianity and European life style began to break away from their colleagues on the continent for the better. Admit it honest atheists (M. Parris, “I’m an atheist, but I really believe that Africa needs God”)
This is recognized and Ekaterina Dobrynina commenting the data on the large portal of WP.ru:

“The truth is that rich, prosperous, healthy and less crying and less willing to pray, all these figures only confirm.”

And Julia Sinelina, doctor of sociological Sciences, head of Department of the sociology of religion ISPR there says:

“with regard to European countries, it is nevertheless necessary to consider the cultural and historical features.”

What we wanted to prove. Unambiguous link between atheism, religion and welfare are not available. It is necessary to consider each country individually.