The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom.
A statutory order on the Regulation of Nonprofit Associations and Public Utilities regulates the establishment and operation of religious groups. By law, the government may recognize, suspend recognition of, or dissolve religious groups. The government grants tax-exempt status to recognized religious groups. The law requires officially recognized religious groups to maintain nonprofit status and respect the general public order. It also permits religious groups to establish places of worship and train clergy.
Nonprofit organizations, including religious groups, must register with the government by submitting a copy of their bylaws and constitution. Upon submission, the justice ministry issues a provisional approval, and within six months, a permanent approval. At the end of this six month period and regardless of whether or not the ministry issued its permanent approval, the group is considered registered and approved by the government. The government also requires foreign religious groups to obtain this approval.
The government observes Christmas as a national holiday.