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Coptic flag.svg Copts
ⲚⲓⲢⲉⲙ̀ⲛⲭⲏⲙⲓ ̀ⲛ̀Ⲭⲣⲏⲥⲧⲓ̀ⲁⲛⲟⲥ
Niremenkīmi Enkhristianos
Tot population
Aboot 10 tae 20 million[1] (estimates vary)
Regions wi signeeficant populations
Tradeetional auries o Coptic dounset:10 to 15 million
 Egypestimations range atween 9 tae 15 million[3]
 Sudanca. 500,000[4]
 Libieca. 60,000[5]
Diaspora:1–2 million (estimates vary)
 Unitit Statesca. 200,000 to 1 million[6][7][8][9][10]
 Canadaeca. 200,000[1][11]
 Australieca. 75,000 (2003)[12][13]
 Italyca. 30,000[14]
 Unitit Arab Emiratesca. 10,000[15]
 Jordan8,000+ (2005)[16]
 Lebanon3,000 – 4,000 (2012)[19]
 Austrick2,000 (2001)[21]
 Switzerland1,000 (2004)[22]
 New Zealand1,000
Coptic (liturgical), Arabic (Egyptian Arabic
Sa'idi Arabic)
Predominantly: Coptic Orthodox Christianity
also Coptic Catholicism, Protestants

The Copts (Coptic: ⲚⲓⲢⲉⲙ̀ⲛⲭⲏⲙⲓ ̀ⲛ̀Ⲭⲣⲏⲥⲧⲓ̀ⲁⲛⲟⲥ Niremenkīmi Enkhristianos, Egyptian Arabic: أقباطAqbat) are an ethno-releegious group[23] that primarily inhabit the aurie o modren Egyp, whaur thay are the lairgest Christian denomination. Copts are the lairgest Christian adherent group in Sudan an Libie an aw. Historically, thay spak the Coptic leid, a direct stryndant o the Demotic Egyptian that wis spoken durin the Roman era. The Coptic leid is a focus o Coptology an remains in liturgical uise, awtho maist Copts the day speak Arabic.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Coptic Orthodox Christmas to be low-key – Tight security: On alert after bombing in Egypt". Montreal Gazette. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2011.[deid airtin]
  2. "Egyptian Coptic protesters freed". BBC. 22 December 2004.
  3. Official population counts put the number of Copts at around 16–18% of the population, while some Coptic voices claim figures as high as 23%. While some scholars defend the soundness of the official population census (cf. E.J.Chitham, The Coptic Community in Egypt. Spatial and Social Change, Durham 1986), most scholars and international observers assume that the Christian share of Egypt's population is higher than stated by the Egyptian government. Most independent estimates fall within range between 10% and 20%,[2] for example the CIA World Factbook "Egypt". The World Factbook. CIA. Retrieved 27 August 2010., Khairi Abaza; Mark Nakhla (25 October 2005). "The Copts and Their Political Implications in Egypt". The Washington Institute. Retrieved 27 August 2010., Encyclopædia Britannica (1985), or Macropædia (15th ed., Chicago). For a projected 83,000,000+ Egyptians in 2009, this assumption yields the above figures.
    In 2008, Pape Shenouda III and Bishop Morkos, bishop of Shubra, declared that the number of Copts in Egypt is more than 12 million. In the same year, father Morkos Aziz the prominent priest in Cairo declared that the number of Copts (inside Egypt) exceeds 16 million. "?". United Copts of Great Britain. 29 October 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2010. and "?". العربية.نت. Retrieved 27 August 2010. Furthermore, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Khairi Abaza; Mark Nakhla (25 October 2005). "The Copts and Their Political Implications in Egypt". Retrieved 27 August 2010. Encyclopædia Britannica (1985), and Macropædia (15th ed., Chicago) estimate the percentage of Copts in Egypt to be up to 20% of the Egyptian population.
  4. Minority Rights Group International, World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples – Sudan : Copts, 2008, available at: [accessed 21 December 2010]
  5. Tore Kjeilen. "Coptic Church - LookLex Encyclopaedia".
  6. 2009 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau "All Egyptians including Copts 197,160"
  7. According to published accounts and several Coptic/US sources (including the US-Coptic Association), the Coptic Orthodox Church has between 700,000 and one million members in the United States (c. 2005–2007). "Why CCU?". Coptic Credit Union. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  8. "Coptics flock to welcome 'Baba' at Pittsburgh airport". Pittsburgh Tribune (2007). Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  9. "State's first Coptic Orthodox church is a vessel of faith". JS Online (2005). Archived frae the oreeginal on August 21, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. "Coptic Diaspora". US-Copts Association (2007). Archived frae the oreeginal on 2007-02-20. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  11. [1] Archived Januar 7, 2011[Date mismatch], at the Wayback Machine.
  12. In the year 2003, there was an estimated 70,000 Copts in New South Wales alone: – Parliamentary Debates, Parliament of NSW – Legislative Council, 12 November 2003, page Page: 4772: – Coptic Orthodox Church (NSW) Property Trust Amendment Bill.
  13. The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Sydney & its Affiliated Regions – Under the Guidance of His Grace Bishop Daniel
  14. "Le religioni in Italia: La Chiesa copta".
  15. Teller, Matthew (12 July 2015). "Free to pray - but don't try to convert anyone". BBC. Retrieved 12 July 2015. Ten-thousand or more live in the UAE, and young, bearded priest Father Markos, 12 years in Dubai, told me his flock are "more than happy - they enjoy their life, they are free."
  16. "King commends Coptic Church's role in promoting coexistence". June 3, 2005. Archived frae the oreeginal on September 26, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  17. Come Across And Help Us Book 2 Archived October 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. CopticMission Archived Januar 31, 2011[Date mismatch], at the Wayback Machine.
  19. "Lebanon: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor - 2012 Report on International Religious Freedom". U.S. Department of State. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  20. By Location
  21. Austria 2004 Religious Freedom news
  22. "Orthodox Copts open church in Switzerland". July 17, 2004. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  23. Minahan 2002, p. 467