Batak Karo in Indonesia

Joshua Project has identified the Batak Karo only in Indonesia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Where Are they Located?

The Batak Karo are located in the Karo highlands, North Sumatra. Most of them live in the Karo regency. Some of them live in Dairi, Deli Serdang, Medan, Langkat or Southeast Aceh. Some of them live in villages known as 'kuta.'

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Batak Karo who still live in their homeland are farmers. Some of the Batak Karo live outside their homeland, such as Jakarta, Bandung or Surabaya, some of the Batak Karo men who live outside their homeland work as minibus (angkot) drivers, private chauffeurs for rich families or bus drivers. Some others become truck drivers, or even street criminals (e.g. pickpockets, thugs/premans, etc.). Those who are educated go outside their homeland to become teachers.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Some of the Batak Karo are Christians, especially those who live in Dairi, but some of the Batak Karo people are Muslims, especially those who live in Deli Serdang, Medan, Langkat and Southeast Aceh. In Karo regency, there have never been conflicts between those two religious groups. It is common in a village in the Karo regency if there is a mosque and a church which are next to each other, it symbolizes peace and harmony between Muslims and Christians.

What Are Their Needs?

Some of the Batak Karo people are very poor, they need to go outside their homeland, or even outside Indonesia. But some of them who do that become poor and jobless. To solve that problem, the local district council send some of them to work abroad. In the Karo regency, some of the roads are damaged, they need the roads to be repaired.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Batak Karo
People Name in Country Batak Karo
Population in Indonesia 925,000
World Population 925,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Batak-Nias of Sumatra
People Name General Batak Karo
Ethnic Code MSY44b
People ID 18879
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Central and north, west and northwest of Lake Toba.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Batak Karo (925,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Batak Karo 925,000
For Primary Language: Batak Karo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1910-1951)
New Testament Yes   (1928-1979)
Complete Bible Yes   (1987-1995)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Today's Batak Karo Bible Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Batak Karo Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 11.00 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
25.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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