Country: Myanmar (Burma)

Number of People Groups

146

People Groups Unreached

49 (33.6%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

54,773,000

Population in Unreached

46,204,000 (84.4%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

8.8%

% Evangelical

5.09%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.5%
(Global Rate = 2.6%)
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Achang, Maingtha 39,000 73,000 Achang Ethnic Religions 24.00 % 20.00 %
 Akeu 1,200 16,000 Akeu Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 %
 Akha 223,000 557,000 Akha Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 12.00 %
 Anong 11,000 14,000 Anong Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 4.00 %
 Asho Khyang 171,000 174,000 Chin, Asho Buddhism 30.00 % 25.00 %
 Bulang 15,000 119,000 Blang Buddhism 1.90 % 0.80 %
 Burmese 31,542,000 32,284,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.35 % 0.07 %
 Chak 1,900 8,300 Chak Buddhism 0.40 % 0.20 %
 Chakma 29,000 676,000 Chakma Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Chaungtha 186,000 186,000 Rakhine Buddhism 0.10 % 0.07 %
Chin Chinbon 30,000 31,000 Chin, Uppu Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 8.00 %
 Chin Mara 27,000 63,000 Chin, Mara Christianity 100.00 % 100.00 %
 Chin Thado-Kuki 40,000 225,000 Chin, Thado Christianity 70.00 % 35.00 %
 Chin, Anu-Hkongso 5,100 5,100 Chin, Anu-Hkongso Christianity 90.00 % 38.00 %
 Chin, Bawm 700 700 Chin, Bawm Christianity 100.00 % 40.00 %
Chin, Bualkhaw 2,700 2,700 Chin, Bualkhaw Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 %
 Chin, Daai 43,000 43,000 Chin, Daai Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 5.00 %
 Chin, Eastern Khumi 14,000 14,000 Chin, Eastern Khumi Christianity 98.00 % 75.00 %
 Chin, Falam 78,000 78,000 Chin, Falam Christianity 61.00 % 25.00 %
 Chin, Haka 137,000 137,000 Chin, Hakha Christianity 65.00 % 35.00 %
 Chin, Kaang 1,200 1,200 Chin, Kaang Christianity 95.00 % 90.00 %
 Chin, Khumi 67,000 67,000 Chin, Khumi Christianity 80.00 % 44.00 %
 Chin, Laitu 18,000 18,000 Chin, Laitu Buddhism 25.00 % 3.00 %
Chin, Lautu 18,000 18,000 Chin, Lautu Christianity 85.00 % 4.00 %
 Chin, Mro-Khimi 85,000 85,000 Mro-Khimi Buddhism 7.40 % 5.00 %
 Chin, Mun 17,000 17,000 Chin, Muun Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 4.00 %
 Chin, Ngawn 23,000 23,000 Chin, Ngawn Christianity 68.00 % 38.00 %
 Chin, Paite 500 500 Chin, Paite Christianity 86.00 % 50.00 %
Chin, Rungtu 5,000 5,000 Burmese Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 7.00 %
 Chin, Senthang 36,000 36,000 Chin, Senthang Christianity 65.00 % 10.00 %
 Chin, Siyin 13,000 13,000 Chin, Siyin Christianity 84.00 % 44.00 %
Chin, Songlai 8,300 8,300 Chin, Songlai Buddhism 10.00 % 2.00 %
Chin, Sumtu 16,000 16,000 Chin, Sumtu Christianity 60.00 % 3.00 %
Chin, Tawr 1,000 1,000 Chin, Tawr Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 %
 Chin, Tedim 256,000 256,000 Chin, Tedim Christianity 70.00 % 44.00 %
Chin, Thaiphum 1,200 1,200 Chin, Thaiphum Christianity 80.00 % 3.00 %
 Chin, Zo Mingphuin 54,000 54,000 Chin, Zotung Christianity 75.00 % 42.00 %
 Danau 129,000 129,000 Danau Buddhism 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Danu 117,000 117,000 Danu Buddhism 2.00 % 0.50 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Language unknown Buddhism 9.00 % 5.00 %
 Derung 300 14,000 Drung Christianity 56.00 % 29.00 %
 Eurasian, Anglo-Burmese 57,000 1,807,000 English Christianity 95.00 % 30.00 %
Gante 6,600 6,600 Gangte Christianity 60.00 % 35.00 %
 Gujarati 35,000 2,266,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.80 % 0.41 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 75,000 77,696,000 Chinese, Yue Buddhism 2.00 % 1.30 %
 Han Chinese, Hakka 22,000 42,846,000 Chinese, Hakka Buddhism 3.00 % 1.40 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 994,000 858,337,000 Chinese, Mandarin Buddhism 2.00 % 1.40 %
 Han Chinese, Min Nan 73,000 56,475,000 Chinese, Min Nan Buddhism 4.00 % 2.50 %
 Hindi 133,000 1,431,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.70 % 0.25 %
 Hmong Njua 12,000 750,000 Hmong Njua Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.00 %
Hrangkhol 9,400 17,000 Hrangkhol Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 25.00 %
 Hui 9,100 13,687,000 Chinese, Mandarin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Intha 104,000 104,000 Intha Buddhism 0.10 % 0.07 %
 Kachin Jingpo 1,038,000 1,110,000 Jingpho Christianity 64.00 % 37.00 %
Kadu, Thet 35,000 35,000 Kadu Buddhism 5.00 % 3.50 %
 Kanan 11,000 11,000 Kanan Buddhism 5.00 % 3.00 %
 Karen S'gaw 1,969,000 2,187,000 Karen, S'gaw Christianity 53.00 % 35.00 %
 Karen, Bghai 24,000 26,000 Karen, Bwe Ethnic Religions 27.00 % 18.00 %
Karen, Brek 25,000 25,000 Kayaw Christianity 87.00 % 36.00 %
 Karen, Eastern Kayah 9,100 27,000 Kayah, Eastern Buddhism 20.00 % 14.00 %
 Karen, Geba 46,000 46,000 Karen, Geba Christianity 86.00 % 20.00 %
Karen, Gheko 18,000 18,000 Karen, Geko Christianity 75.00 % 40.00 %
 Karen, Kayah 164,000 186,000 Kayah, Western Buddhism 28.00 % 20.00 %
 Karen, Lahta 11,000 11,000 Lahta Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 3.50 %
Karen, Manumanaw 11,000 11,000 Kawyaw Christianity 90.00 % 45.00 %
Karen, Mobwa 4,600 4,600 Karen, Mobwa Christianity 75.00 % 20.00 %
Karen, Paku 8,100 8,100 Karen, Paku Christianity 70.00 % 22.00 %
Karen, Pwo Eastern 1,187,000 1,243,000 Karen, Pwo Eastern Christianity 70.00 % 39.00 %
Karen, Pwo Western 212,000 212,000 Karen, Pwo Western Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 32.00 %
Karen, Striped 13,000 13,000 Riang Lai Ethnic Religions 22.00 % 15.00 %
Karen, Yinbaw 11,000 11,000 Yinbaw Buddhism 32.00 % 25.00 %
Karen, Yintale 11,000 11,000 Yintale Buddhism 0.01 % 0.00 %
Karen, Zayein 14,000 14,000 Zayein Ethnic Religions 21.00 % 15.00 %
 Kawa, Vo 700 92,000 Wa, Vo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.55 %
 Kayan, Padaung 147,000 150,000 Kayan Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 22.00 %
 Khampti, Khamti Shan 9,100 35,000 Khamti Buddhism 0.10 % 0.04 %
 Lahu 227,000 581,000 Lahu Christianity 80.00 % 43.00 %
 Lahu Shi 65,000 212,000 Lahu Shi Buddhism 10.00 % 5.00 %
 Lao 25,000 3,638,000 Lao Buddhism 3.00 % 0.90 %
 Lashi, Letsi 35,000 37,000 Lacid Christianity 90.00 % 65.00 %
 Lisu 348,000 1,295,000 Lisu Christianity 85.00 % 52.00 %
 Lisu, Black 5,100 5,100 Lisu Ethnic Religions 50.00 % 40.00 %
 Malay, Salon 27,000 11,678,000 Malay Islam 0.03 % 0.02 %
 Malayali 23,000 1,267,000 Malayalam Hinduism 34.00 % 7.00 %
 Manipuri, Ponna 12,000 1,526,000 Meitei Hinduism 1.70 % 1.50 %
Manyuki 20,000 20,000 Shan Buddhism 0.05 % 0.05 %
 Maru, Laungwaw 121,000 153,000 Lhao Vo Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 7.00 %
 Matu, Nga La 34,000 34,000 Chin, Matu Christianity 80.00 % 44.00 %
 Mizo 19,000 187,000 Mizo Christianity 90.00 % 45.00 %
Moken 4,700 6,800 Moken Ethnic Religions 0.05 % 0.04 %
 Mon 1,160,000 1,278,000 Mon Buddhism 0.90 % 0.70 %
 Mru 25,000 59,000 Mru Buddhism 4.01 % 0.40 %
Muak Sa-aak 4,500 4,500 Muak Sa-aak Buddhism 5.00 % 2.00 %
Naga Tangsa 70,000 99,000 Naga, Tase Christianity 90.00 % 45.00 %
Naga, Akyaung Ari 1,200 1,200 Naga, Akyaung Ari Christianity 95.00 % 55.00 %
 Naga, Khiamniungan 11,000 39,000 Naga, Khiamniungan Christianity 88.00 % 18.00 %
Naga, Koki 2,400 2,400 Naga, Kokak Buddhism 15.00 % 3.00 %
Naga, Konyak 2,200 2,200 Naga, Konyak Christianity 83.00 % 45.00 %
Naga, Kyan-Karyaw 10,000 10,000 Naga, Chen-Kayu Christianity 95.00 % 55.00 %
 Naga, Lao 1,100 1,100 Naga, Lao Christianity 90.00 % 45.00 %
Naga, Leinong 8,800 8,800 Naga, Leinong Buddhism 25.00 % 4.00 %
Naga, Long Phuri 2,200 2,200 Naga, Long Phuri Christianity 90.00 % 8.00 %
 Naga, Makuri 3,000 3,000 Naga, Makuri Christianity 55.00 % 40.00 %
Naga, Makyan 4,600 4,600 Naga, Paungnyuan Christianity 95.00 % 7.00 %
 Naga, Para 1,600 1,600 Naga, Jejara Christianity 65.00 % 28.00 %
Naga, Ponyo-Gongwang 5,200 5,200 Naga, Ponyo-Gongwang Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 %
Naga, Tangkhul 4,800 4,800 Naga, Tangkhul Christianity 65.00 % 4.00 %
 Naga, Yimchungru 5,200 5,200 Naga, Yimchungru Christianity 80.00 % 45.00 %
 Nepali, general 299,000 771,000 Nepali Hinduism 1.00 % 0.70 %
 Nu 1,500 15,000 Nusu Ethnic Religions 17.00 % 11.00 %
 Pa-O 858,000 859,000 Pa'o Buddhism 1.70 % 0.30 %
 Palaung, Pale 297,000 314,000 Palaung, Ruching Buddhism 0.10 % 0.06 %
 Palaung, Rumai 158,000 158,000 Palaung, Rumai Buddhism 0.40 % 0.20 %
 Palaung, Shwe 231,000 239,000 Palaung, Shwe Buddhism 0.20 % 0.12 %
Phun, Hpon 1,600 1,600 Burmese Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.40 %
 Punjabi 11,000 2,025,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 1.20 % 0.63 %
Pyen 800 800 Pyen Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 15.00 %
 Rakhine, Arakanese 2,740,000 2,980,000 Rakhine Buddhism 0.10 % 0.04 %
Ranglong 100 100 Ranglong Christianity 61.00 % 25.00 %
 Rawang, Nung 72,000 73,000 Rawang Christianity 80.00 % 45.00 %
 Riang 15,000 17,000 Riang Lang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Rohingya 842,000 1,565,000 Rohingya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Samtao 11,000 15,000 Samtao Buddhism 7.00 % 5.40 %
Sino-Burmese 17,000 17,000 Burmese Buddhism 1.00 % 0.70 %
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 286,000 1,460,000 Bengali Islam 0.40 % 0.13 %
 South Asian, Odia Speaking 122,000 122,000 Odia Hinduism 1.00 % 0.20 %
 Tai Doi 5,200 5,500 Tai Loi Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Khun 132,000 139,000 Khun Buddhism 2.30 % 1.90 %
 Tai Laing 116,000 116,000 Tai Laing Buddhism 1.00 % 0.30 %
 Tai Lue 63,000 1,077,000 Lu Buddhism 0.20 % 0.06 %
 Tai Man, Shan 4,593,000 4,697,000 Shan Buddhism 0.90 % 0.70 %
 Tai Nua, Chinese Shan 102,000 707,000 Tai Nua Buddhism 0.50 % 0.35 %
Taman, Htamandi 34,000 34,000 Burmese Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 151,000 7,317,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.00 % 3.80 %
 Taungyo, Dawe 46,000 46,000 Taungyo Buddhism 0.60 % 0.40 %
 Tavoyan 464,000 465,000 Tavoyan Buddhism 0.10 % 0.04 %
 Telugu 140,000 780,000 Telugu Hinduism 8.00 % 1.20 %
 Thai, Central 44,000 20,386,000 Thai Buddhism 0.60 % 0.40 %
 Vaiphei 7,600 62,000 Vaiphei Christianity 87.00 % 50.00 %
 Wa 464,000 846,000 Wa, Parauk Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 15.00 %
 Welaung 5,700 5,700 Chin, Rawngtu Christianity 100.00 % 100.00 %
Wewaw 28,000 28,000 Karen, S'gaw Ethnic Religions 26.00 % 20.00 %
Yaw 22,000 22,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Zaiwa 36,000 153,000 Zaiwa Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 5.00 %
 Zo 69,000 97,000 Zo Christianity 84.00 % 50.00 %
Zyphe 21,000 21,000 Chin, Zyphe Christianity 65.00 % 35.00 %
  Totals:  146 54,773,000       49   8.79 % 5.09 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 63,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 54,836,000              
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Achang acn 1 0 Complete Bible
Akeu aeu 1 0 New Testament
Akha ahk 1 0 Complete Bible
Anong nun 1 0 New Testament
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Blang blr 1 1 Bible Portions
Burmese mya 6 5 Complete Bible
Chak ckh 1 1
Chakma ccp 1 1 New Testament
Chin, Anu-Hkongso anl 1 0
Chin, Asho csh 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Bawm bgr 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Bualkhaw cbl 1 0 New Testament
Chin, Daai dao 1 0 New Testament
Chin, Eastern Khumi cek 1 0 New Testament
Chin, Falam cfm 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Hakha cnh 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Kaang ckn 1 0 New Testament
Chin, Khumi cnk 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Laitu clj 1 0
Chin, Lautu clt 1 0 New Testament
Chin, Mara mrh 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Matu hlt 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Muun mwq 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Ngawn cnw 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Paite pck 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Rawngtu weu 1 0
Chin, Senthang sez 1 0
Chin, Siyin csy 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Songlai csj 1 0
Chin, Sumtu csv 1 0
Chin, Tawr tcp 1 0
Chin, Tedim ctd 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Thado tcz 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Thaiphum cth 1 0
Chin, Uppu cnb 1 0
Chin, Zotung czt 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Zyphe zyp 1 0 New Testament
Chinese, Hakka hak 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 2 2 Complete Bible
Chinese, Min Nan nan 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Yue yue 1 1 Complete Bible
Danau dnu 1 1
Danu dnv 1 1
Drung duu 1 0
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
Gangte gnb 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete Bible
Hmong Njua hnj 1 1 Complete Bible
Hrangkhol hra 1 0 Complete Bible
Intha int 1 1
Jingpho kac 1 0 Complete Bible
Kadu zkd 1 0
Kanan zkn 1 0
Karen, Bwe bwe 1 0 Bible Portions
Karen, Geba kvq 1 0 Bible Portions
Karen, Geko ghk 1 0
Karen, Mobwa jkm 1 0
Karen, Paku jkp 1 0
Karen, Pwo Eastern kjp 1 0 Complete Bible
Karen, Pwo Western pwo 1 0 Complete Bible
Karen, S'gaw ksw 2 0 Complete Bible
Kawyaw kxf 1 0
Kayah, Eastern eky 1 0
Kayah, Western kyu 1 0 New Testament
Kayan pdu 1 0 Bible Portions
Kayaw kvl 1 0 Bible Portions
Khamti kht 1 1
Khun kkh 1 1 Bible Portions
Lacid lsi 1 0 Complete Bible
Lahta kvt 1 0
Lahu lhu 1 0 Complete Bible
Lahu Shi lhi 1 0 New Testament
Lao lao 1 1 Complete Bible
Lhao Vo mhx 1 0 Complete Bible
Lisu lis 2 0 Complete Bible
Lu khb 1 1 New Testament
Malay zlm 1 1
Malayalam mal 1 0 Complete Bible
Meitei mni 1 1 Complete Bible
Mizo lus 1 0 Complete Bible
Moken mwt 1 1 New Testament
Mon mnw 1 1 Complete Bible
Mro-Khimi cmr 1 0 New Testament
Mru mro 1 1 New Testament
Muak Sa-aak ukk 1 1
Naga, Akyaung Ari nqy 1 0
Naga, Chen-Kayu nqq 1 0
Naga, Jejara pzn 1 0
Naga, Khiamniungan kix 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Kokak nxk 1 0
Naga, Konyak nbe 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Lao nlq 1 0
Naga, Leinong lzn 1 0 Bible Portions
Naga, Long Phuri lpn 1 0
Naga, Makuri jmn 1 0
Naga, Paungnyuan umn 1 0
Naga, Ponyo-Gongwang npg 1 0
Naga, Tangkhul ntx 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Tase nst 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Yimchungru yim 1 0 New Testament
Nepali npi 1 1 Complete Bible
Nusu nuf 1 0 Bible Portions
Odia ory 1 1 Complete Bible
Pa'o blk 1 1 New Testament
Palaung, Ruching pce 1 1 Complete Bible
Palaung, Rumai rbb 1 1
Palaung, Shwe pll 1 1
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Pyen pyy 1 0 Bible Portions
Rakhine rki 2 2
Ranglong rnl 1 0 New Testament
Rawang raw 1 0 Complete Bible
Riang Lai yin 1 0
Riang Lang ril 1 1 Bible Portions
Rohingya rhg 1 1
Samtao stu 1 0
Shan shn 2 2 Complete Bible
Tai Laing tjl 1 1
Tai Loi tlq 1 1
Tai Nua tdd 1 1 Bible Portions
Tamil tam 1 0 Complete Bible
Taungyo tco 1 1
Tavoyan tvn 1 1
Telugu tel 1 0 Complete Bible
Thai tha 1 1 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 0
Vaiphei vap 1 0 Complete Bible
Wa, Parauk prk 1 0 Complete Bible
Wa, Vo wbm 1 0 Complete Bible
Yinbaw kvu 1 0
Yintale kvy 1 1
Zaiwa atb 1 0 New Testament
Zayein kxk 1 0
Zo zom 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 136 146 49   33 45 59 108 12

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
76.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.1 %)
8.8 %
Ethnic Religions
7.4 %
Hinduism
1.6 %
Islam
5.4 %
Non-Religious
0.6 %
Other / Small Religions
0.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
1.4 %
Independent
15.4 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.4 %
Protestant
63.1 %
Roman Catholic
14.7 %
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 groups who live 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 number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

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Myanmar (Burma) Statistics
People Groups 146
Unreached People Groups 49  (33.6%)
Population 54,773,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.9%
Population in Unreached 46,204,000  (84.4%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 951 to 1,030
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 8.8%
Percent Evangelical 5.1%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.5%
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 34%
Continent Asia
Region Southeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code BM
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Official National Language Burmese
Literacy Rate 93%
Estimated Illiterate Population 3,834,000
Persecution Ranking 28 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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