Country: Ethiopia

Number of People Groups

112

People Groups Unreached

31

Total Population

99,090,000

Unreached Population

20,598,000

% Professing Christian

60.1%

% Evangelical

17.4 %

Largest Religion

Official Language

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Photo People Group Population Progress
Scale
Primary Language Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
Indigenous
 Aari 411,000 Aari Christianity 62.0 % 46.5 %
 Afar 1,810,000 Afar Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Allaaba 330,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 2.6 % 1.5 %
 Americans, U.S. 1,600 English Christianity 78.0 % 28.0 %
 Amhara 28,175,000 Amharic Christianity 84.5 % 1.1 %
Anfillo 4,900 Anfillo Islam 9.0 % 4.5 %
 Anuak, Yambo 126,000 Anuak Christianity 84.0 % 59.5 %
 Arab 1,400 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 8.0 % 1.0 %
 Arab, Sudanese 15,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.0 % 0.5 %
 Arab, Yemeni 4,200 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Arbore, Erbore 10,000 Arbore E Ethnic Religions 1.3 % 1.3 %
 Argobba 200,000 Argobba Islam 4.6 % 1.5 %
 Armenian 500 Armenian Christianity 94.0 % 8.7 %
 Awi 902,000 Awngi Christianity 99.5 % 0.2 %
Baiso 7,800 Baiso Christianity 88.0 % 63.0 %
Bale 3,800 Kacipo-Balesi E Ethnic Religions 33.0 % 14.5 %
Basketo 111,000 Basketo Christianity 94.0 % 62.0 %
Begi-Mao 29,000 Hozo Islam 9.0 % 4.5 %
 Bench 499,000 Bench Christianity 73.0 % 65.7 %
 Benshangul, Berta 296,000 Berta Islam 2.0 % 1.5 %
Birale 100 Ongota E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 0.0 %
 British 1,500 English Christianity 60.0 % 8.0 %
 Burji 102,000 Burji Christianity 72.0 % 38.0 %
Bussa, Dobase 28,000 Bussa Christianity 95.0 % 51.5 %
Chara 19,000 Chara E Ethnic Religions 1.9 % 1.9 %
 Chinese, general 29,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.0 % 5.7 %
 Dawro 762,000 Dawro Christianity 92.0 % 53.0 %
 Deaf Unknown Ethiopian Sign Language Christianity 65.0 % 19.7 %
Dime 1,200 Dime Christianity 87.0 % 33.7 %
 Dizi 49,000 Dizin Christianity 72.0 % 14.5 %
 Dorze 54,000 Dorze Christianity 86.0 % 1.0 %
 French 700 French Christianity 63.0 % 0.6 %
 Gamo 1,565,000 Gamo Christianity 85.0 % 49.0 %
 Ganza 500 Ganza E Ethnic Religions 2.6 % 2.5 %
 Garre 10,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Gawwada, Gauwada 97,000 Gawwada E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 5.0 %
Gayil 72,000 Gayil Christianity 62.0 % 46.5 %
 Gedeo 1,383,000 Gedeo Christianity 85.0 % 78.0 %
 Gidole 58,000 Dirasha Christianity 82.0 % 50.7 %
Gofa 513,000 Gofa Christianity 88.0 % 61.0 %
 Greek 700 Greek Christianity 91.0 % 0.4 %
 Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani 2,600 Gujarati Hinduism 2.0 % 2.0 %
 Gumuz 257,000 Gumuz E Ethnic Religions 42.0 % 20.0 %
Gurage, Innemor 286,000 Inor Christianity 44.0 % 5.8 %
 Gurage, Sebat Bet 427,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 64.0 % 8.3 %
 Gurage, Soddo 178,000 Kistane Christianity 90.0 % 7.0 %
Hadiyya, Hadya 1,799,000 Hadiyya Christianity 89.0 % 75.8 %
 Hamer-Banna 104,000 Hamer-Banna E Ethnic Religions 1.5 % 0.6 %
 Hamir, Xamir 380,000 Xamtanga Christianity 98.0 % 1.0 %
 Harari, Adere 45,000 Harari Islam 0.3 % 0.0 %
 Irob, Saho 47,000 Saho Christianity 86.0 % 0.6 %
 Italian 700 Italian Christianity 83.0 % 1.1 %
 Jew, Ethiopian, Falasha 3,300 Amharic E Ethnic Religions 9.0 % 3.3 %
 Kachama, Haruro 3,700 Kachama-Ganjule E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 11.6 %
 Kafa, Kafecho 1,226,000 Kafa Christianity 90.0 % 23.7 %
 Kambata 890,000 Kambaata Christianity 93.0 % 80.0 %
 Karo, Kerre 2,100 Karo E Ethnic Religions 4.3 % 0.7 %
 Kebena 75,000 Kambaata Islam 3.0 % 1.0 %
Kemant, Qimant 224,000 Qimant Christianity 90.0 % 0.1 %
 Kewama 21,000 Kwama E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 0.7 %
Koma, Central 13,000 Komo E Ethnic Religions 16.0 % 10.7 %
 Konso 355,000 Konso Christianity 61.0 % 48.8 %
 Koore 222,000 Koorete Christianity 94.0 % 86.0 %
 Kunama 6,900 Kunama Christianity 85.0 % 5.6 %
Kunfal 3,000 Awngi E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 1.0 %
Kwegu 800 Kwegu Christianity 58.0 % 44.0 %
 Majangir 46,000 Majang Christianity 94.0 % 73.4 %
Male 139,000 Male E Ethnic Religions 29.0 % 19.5 %
 Mao, Northern 22,000 Bambassi Islam 4.8 % 2.6 %
 Marako 91,000 Libido Islam 29.0 % 12.3 %
Me'en, Mekan 213,000 Me'en Christianity 56.0 % 53.3 %
Melo 42,000 Melo Christianity 65.0 % 38.0 %
 Mesqan 205,000 Mesqan Islam 36.0 % 4.4 %
 Murle 2,100 Murle Christianity 67.0 % 18.0 %
 Mursi, Murzu 11,000 Mursi E Ethnic Religions 11.0 % 5.3 %
Nao 14,000 Nayi Christianity 60.0 % 0.9 %
 Nuer, Naath 209,000 Nuer Christianity 93.0 % 88.0 %
 Nyangatom 36,000 Nyangatom E Ethnic Religions 3.0 % 2.4 %
 Opuuo, Shita 2,200 Opuuo Christianity 60.0 % 46.0 %
 Oromo, Arsi 5,610,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 7.0 % 3.4 %
 Oromo, Borana 1,211,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 3.0 %
 Oromo, Gujji 1,548,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Christianity 58.0 % 49.0 %
 Oromo, Hararghe 5,614,000 Oromo, Eastern Islam 0.5 % 0.0 %
 Oromo, Jimma 3,167,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 2.0 % 1.2 %
 Oromo, Karrayu 298,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 1.0 % 0.1 %
Oromo, Macha 6,736,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 65.0 % 39.0 %
 Oromo, Tulama 7,406,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 76.0 % 13.3 %
Oromo, Wallo 326,000 Amharic Islam 2.9 % 0.4 %
 Oromo, Yajju 102,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 1.3 % 0.2 %
Oyda 64,000 Oyda Christianity 74.0 % 60.0 %
 Reshiat, Daasanach 68,000 Daasanach E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.5 %
 Russian 700 Russian Christianity 67.0 % 1.2 %
Seze 5,400 Seze E Ethnic Religions 35.0 % 0.4 %
 Shabo 800 Shabo E Ethnic Religions 2.0 % 0.0 %
Shekkacho, Mocha 110,000 Shekkacho Christianity 90.0 % 64.0 %
Sheko 53,000 Sheko Christianity 80.0 % 69.0 %
 Shinasha 88,000 Borna Christianity 99.0 % 10.6 %
 Sidama 4,184,000 Sidamo Christianity 91.0 % 86.0 %
 Silti 1,325,000 Silt'e Islam 2.0 % 0.5 %
 Somali 6,501,000 Somali Islam 0.1 % 0.0 %
 Surma, Suri 40,000 Suri E Ethnic Religions 0.6 % 0.4 %
 Taposa 14,000 Toposa E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tigrai, Tigrinya 6,359,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.0 % 0.3 %
Timbaro 140,000 Kambaata Christianity 95.0 % 76.5 %
 Tsamai 28,000 Tsamai E Ethnic Religions 2.0 % 1.5 %
 Turkana 40,000 Turkana E Ethnic Religions 3.0 % 0.7 %
Weyto 2,300 Amharic Islam 4.4 % 1.2 %
 Wolaita 2,376,000 Wolaytta Christianity 98.0 % 71.0 %
Wolane 123,000 Wolane Islam 3.4 % 0.1 %
Yemma 227,000 Yemsa Christianity 58.0 % 8.6 %
 Zay 6,900 Zay Christianity 80.0 % 0.5 %
 Zayse, Zergulla 25,000 Zaysete E Ethnic Religions 1.9 % 1.6 %
  Totals:  112 99,090,000 31     60.1 % 17.4 %  
  Population above UN estimate: 1,122,000  
  UN Country Population (2015) 100,212,000  

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.4 %)
60.1 %
Ethnic Religions
5.5 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
34.0 %
Non-Religious
0.3 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
3.6 %
Orthodox
67.4 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
26.8 %
Roman Catholic
2.2 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the People Group who lives in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by People Group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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  • Church planting agencies in Ethiopia
  • Christian ministry in Ethiopia
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
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  • Urban ministries
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  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
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