Approximately 82% of the people refer to themselves as Christians, with 13% claiming Muslim background, and 1.9% referred to as “others”, and 2.5% claiming no religious affiliation. Religion plays a major role in the life of the average Malawian and by and large there is no religious topic that is off limits for discussion.

Religious services in rural areas are often held under some sort of bamboo structure, or in a shaded area under the trees. City churches almost always have more modern structures.