The constitution and other laws and policies generally protect religious freedom. The country maintains a public “meditation and prayer” site in the capital for use by worshipers of any religion.
There is no state religion and the law prohibits discrimination based on religion. Catholic symbols, however, are common in state institutions. For example, crucifixes sometimes hang on courtroom and government office walls. The state provides payments to the Catholic Church from income tax revenue. Taxpayers may request that 0.3 percent of their income tax payments be allocated to the Catholic Church or to “other charities,” including other religious groups. Any charity or religious group can obtain this benefit by registering as a nonprofit organization based in the country. If a taxpayer allocates a portion of his or her income tax payment to a previously unregistered group, the tax authorities will contact the group to confirm its legitimacy and to ask to review its financial statements.
There are no private religious schools. Public schools provide Catholic religious instruction. However, students may choose without penalty not to participate.