Country: Myanmar (Burma)

Number of People Groups

146

People Groups Unreached

49 (33.6%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

54,301,000

Population in Unreached

45,806,000 (84.4%)

Literacy Rate

93 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

8.8%

% Evangelical

5.09%
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 72,000 Achang Ethnic Religions 24.00 % 20.00 %
 Akeu 1,200 16,000 Akeu Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 %
 Akha 221,000 534,000 Akha Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 12.00 %
 Anong 11,000 14,000 Anong Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 4.00 %
 Bulang 15,000 119,000 Blang Buddhism 1.90 % 0.80 %
 Burmese 31,270,000 32,013,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.35 % 0.07 %
 Chak, Thet 1,900 8,200 Chak Buddhism 0.40 % 0.20 %
 Chakma 29,000 675,000 Chakma Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Chaungtha 185,000 185,000 Rakhine Buddhism 0.10 % 0.07 %
 Chin, Anu-Hkongso 5,100 5,100 Chin, Anu-Hkongso Christianity 90.00 % 38.00 %
 Chin, Asho 170,000 173,000 Chin, Asho Buddhism 30.00 % 25.00 %
 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, Chinbon 30,000 31,000 Chin, Uppu Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 8.00 %
 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 77,000 77,000 Chin, Falam Christianity 61.00 % 25.00 %
 Chin, Haka, Baungshe 136,000 136,000 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 17,000 17,000 Chin, Laitu Buddhism 25.00 % 3.00 %
Chin, Lautu 18,000 18,000 Chin, Lautu Christianity 85.00 % 4.00 %
 Chin, Mara, Lakher 26,000 61,000 Chin, Mara Christianity 100.00 % 100.00 %
 Chin, Mro-Khimi 84,000 84,000 Mro-Khimi Buddhism 7.40 % 5.00 %
 Chin, Mun, Chinbok 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, Sizang 13,000 13,000 Chin, Siyin Christianity 84.00 % 44.00 %
Chin, Songlai 8,200 8,200 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, Zomi 254,000 254,000 Chin, Tedim Christianity 70.00 % 44.00 %
 Chin, Thado-Kuki 40,000 221,000 Chin, Thado Christianity 70.00 % 35.00 %
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 128,000 128,000 Danau Buddhism 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Danu 116,000 116,000 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 56,000 1,793,000 English Christianity 95.00 % 30.00 %
Gante 6,600 6,600 Gangte Christianity 60.00 % 35.00 %
 Gujarati 35,000 2,219,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.80 % 0.41 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 75,000 77,310,000 Chinese, Yue Buddhism 2.00 % 1.30 %
 Han Chinese, Hakka 22,000 42,649,000 Chinese, Hakka Buddhism 3.00 % 1.40 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 986,000 854,493,000 Chinese, Mandarin Buddhism 2.00 % 1.40 %
 Han Chinese, Min Nan 73,000 56,218,000 Chinese, Min Nan Buddhism 4.00 % 2.50 %
 Hindi 132,000 1,413,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.70 % 0.25 %
 Hmong Njua 12,000 669,000 Hmong Njua Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.00 %
Hrangkhol 9,300 16,000 Hrangkhol Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 25.00 %
 Hui 9,000 13,627,000 Chinese, Mandarin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Intha 103,000 103,000 Intha Buddhism 0.10 % 0.07 %
 Kachin 1,029,000 1,100,000 Jingpho Christianity 64.00 % 37.00 %
 Kadu, Thet 35,000 233,000 Kadu Buddhism 5.00 % 3.50 %
 Kanan 10,000 10,000 Kanan Buddhism 5.00 % 3.00 %
 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 9,000 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 162,000 183,000 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 1,177,000 1,232,000 Karen, Pwo Eastern Christianity 70.00 % 39.00 %
Karen, Pwo, Western 210,000 210,000 Karen, Pwo Western Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 32.00 %
 Karen, S'gaw, Paganyaw 1,952,000 2,169,000 Karen, S'gaw Christianity 53.00 % 35.00 %
Karen, Striped, Yinchia 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, Wa 700 91,000 Wa, Vo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.55 %
 Kayan, Padaung 146,000 149,000 Kayan Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 22.00 %
 Khampti, Khamti Shan 9,000 34,000 Khamti Buddhism 0.10 % 0.04 %
 Lahu 225,000 578,000 Lahu Christianity 80.00 % 43.00 %
 Lahu Shi 65,000 211,000 Lahu Shi Buddhism 10.00 % 5.00 %
 Lao 25,000 3,459,000 Lao Buddhism 3.00 % 0.90 %
 Lashi, Letsi 34,000 36,000 Lacid Christianity 90.00 % 65.00 %
 Lisu, Black 5,100 5,100 Lisu Ethnic Religions 50.00 % 40.00 %
 Lisu, Southern 345,000 1,288,000 Lisu Christianity 85.00 % 52.00 %
 Malay, Salon 27,000 11,527,000 Malay Islam 0.03 % 0.02 %
 Malayali 23,000 1,246,000 Malayalam Hinduism 34.00 % 7.00 %
 Manipuri, Ponna 12,000 1,487,000 Meitei Hinduism 1.70 % 1.50 %
Manyuki 20,000 20,000 Shan Buddhism 0.05 % 0.05 %
 Maru, Laungwaw 119,000 150,000 Lhao Vo Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 7.00 %
 Matu, Nga La 34,000 34,000 Chin, Matu Christianity 80.00 % 44.00 %
 Mizo, Lushai 19,000 183,000 Mizo Christianity 90.00 % 45.00 %
Moken 4,700 6,800 Moken Ethnic Religions 0.05 % 0.04 %
 Mon 1,150,000 1,268,000 Mon Buddhism 0.90 % 0.70 %
 Mru 25,000 61,000 Mru Buddhism 4.01 % 0.40 %
Muak Sa-aak 4,500 4,500 Muak Sa-aak Buddhism 5.00 % 2.00 %
Naga, Akyaung Ari 1,200 1,200 Naga, Akyaung Ari Christianity 95.00 % 55.00 %
 Naga, Khiamniungan 11,000 38,000 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 8,700 8,700 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 4,700 4,700 Naga, Tangkhul Christianity 65.00 % 4.00 %
Naga, Tangsa, Rangpang 69,000 97,000 Naga, Tase Christianity 90.00 % 45.00 %
Naga, Yimchungru 5,200 5,200 Naga, Yimchungru Christianity 80.00 % 45.00 %
 Nepali, general 297,000 764,000 Nepali Hinduism 1.00 % 0.70 %
 Nu 1,500 15,000 Nusu Ethnic Religions 17.00 % 11.00 %
 Orisi 121,000 121,000 Odia Hinduism 1.00 % 0.20 %
 Pa-O 851,000 852,000 Pa'o Buddhism 1.70 % 0.30 %
 Palaung, Golden, Shwe 229,000 237,000 Palaung, Shwe Buddhism 0.20 % 0.12 %
 Palaung, Pale 294,000 311,000 Palaung, Ruching Buddhism 0.10 % 0.06 %
 Palaung, Rumai 157,000 157,000 Palaung, Rumai Buddhism 0.40 % 0.20 %
Phun, Hpon 1,600 1,600 Burmese Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.40 %
 Punjabi 11,000 1,997,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 1.20 % 0.63 %
Pyen 800 800 Pyen Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 15.00 %
 Rakhine, Arakanese 2,717,000 2,960,000 Rakhine Buddhism 0.10 % 0.04 %
Ranglong 100 100 Ranglong Christianity 61.00 % 25.00 %
 Rawang, Nung 71,000 72,000 Rawang Christianity 80.00 % 45.00 %
 Riang 15,000 17,000 Riang Lang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Rohingya 835,000 1,711,000 Rohingya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Samtao 11,000 16,000 Samtao Buddhism 7.00 % 5.40 %
Sino-Burmese 17,000 17,000 Burmese Buddhism 1.00 % 0.70 %
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 284,000 1,448,000 Bengali Islam 0.40 % 0.13 %
 Tai Doi 5,100 5,900 Tai Loi Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Khun 131,000 139,000 Khun Buddhism 2.30 % 1.90 %
Tai Laing 115,000 115,000 Tai Laing Buddhism 1.00 % 0.30 %
 Tai Lue 62,000 1,095,000 Lu Buddhism 0.20 % 0.06 %
 Tai Man, Shan 4,554,000 4,657,000 Shan Buddhism 0.90 % 0.70 %
 Tai Nua, Chinese Shan 101,000 737,000 Tai Nua Buddhism 0.50 % 0.35 %
Taman, Htamandi 33,000 33,000 Burmese Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 150,000 7,265,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.00 % 3.80 %
 Taungyo, Dawe 46,000 46,000 Taungyo Buddhism 0.60 % 0.40 %
 Tavoyan 460,000 461,000 Tavoyan Buddhism 0.10 % 0.04 %
 Telugu 139,000 770,000 Telugu Hinduism 8.00 % 1.20 %
 Thai, Central 43,000 20,306,000 Thai Buddhism 0.60 % 0.40 %
 Vaiphei 7,600 60,000 Vaiphei Christianity 87.00 % 50.00 %
 Wa 460,000 840,000 Wa, Parauk Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 15.00 %
 Welaung 5,600 5,600 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 68,000 95,000 Zo Christianity 84.00 % 50.00 %
Zyphe 21,000 21,000 Chin, Zyphe Christianity 65.00 % 35.00 %
  Totals:  146 54,301,000       49   8.79 % 5.09 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 62,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 54,363,000              
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Bible
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Achang acn 1 0 Complete
Akeu aeu 1 0 NT
Akha ahk 1 0 Complete
Anong nun 1 0 NT
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete
Blang blr 1 1 Portions
Burmese mya 6 5 Complete
Chak ckh 1 1
Chakma ccp 1 1 NT
Chin, Anu-Hkongso anl 1 0
Chin, Asho csh 1 0 Complete
Chin, Bawm bgr 1 0 Complete
Chin, Bualkhaw cbl 1 0 NT
Chin, Daai dao 1 0 NT
Chin, Eastern Khumi cek 1 0 Portions
Chin, Falam cfm 1 0 Complete
Chin, Hakha cnh 1 0 Complete
Chin, Kaang ckn 1 0 NT
Chin, Khumi cnk 1 0 Complete
Chin, Laitu clj 1 0
Chin, Lautu clt 1 0
Chin, Mara mrh 1 0 Complete
Chin, Matu hlt 1 0 Complete
Chin, Muun mwq 1 0 Complete
Chin, Ngawn cnw 1 0 Complete
Chin, Paite pck 1 0 Complete
Chin, Rawngtu weu 1 0
Chin, Senthang sez 1 0
Chin, Siyin csy 1 0 Complete
Chin, Songlai csj 1 0
Chin, Sumtu csv 1 0
Chin, Tawr tcp 1 0
Chin, Tedim ctd 1 0 Complete
Chin, Thado tcz 1 0 Complete
Chin, Thaiphum cth 1 0
Chin, Uppu cnb 1 0
Chin, Zotung czt 1 0 Complete
Chin, Zyphe zyp 1 0 NT
Chinese, Hakka hak 1 1 Complete
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 2 2 Complete
Chinese, Min Nan nan 1 0 Complete
Chinese, Yue yue 1 1 Complete
Danau dnu 1 1
Danu dnv 1 1
Drung duu 1 0
English eng 1 0 Complete
Gangte gnb 1 0 Complete
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete
Hmong Njua hnj 1 1 Complete
Hrangkhol hra 1 0 Complete
Intha int 1 1
Jingpho kac 1 0 Complete
Kadu zkd 1 0
Kanan zkn 1 0
Karen, Bwe bwe 1 0 Portions
Karen, Geba kvq 1 0 Portions
Karen, Geko ghk 1 0
Karen, Mobwa jkm 1 0
Karen, Paku jkp 1 0
Karen, Pwo Eastern kjp 1 0 Portions
Karen, Pwo Western pwo 1 0 Complete
Karen, S'gaw ksw 2 0 Complete
Kawyaw kxf 1 0
Kayah, Eastern eky 1 0
Kayah, Western kyu 1 0 NT
Kayan pdu 1 0 Portions
Kayaw kvl 1 0 Portions
Khamti kht 1 1
Khun kkh 1 1 Portions
Lacid lsi 1 0 Complete
Lahta kvt 1 0
Lahu lhu 1 0 Complete
Lahu Shi lhi 1 0 NT
Lao lao 1 1 Complete
Lhao Vo mhx 1 0 Complete
Lisu lis 2 0 Complete
Lu khb 1 1 NT
Malay zlm 1 1
Malayalam mal 1 0 Complete
Meitei mni 1 1 Complete
Mizo lus 1 0 Complete
Moken mwt 1 1 NT
Mon mnw 1 1 Complete
Mro-Khimi cmr 1 0 NT
Mru mro 1 1 NT
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
Naga, Kokak nxk 1 0
Naga, Konyak nbe 1 0 Complete
Naga, Lao nlq 1 0
Naga, Leinong lzn 1 0 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
Naga, Tase nst 1 0 Complete
Naga, Yimchungru yim 1 0 NT
Nepali npi 1 1 Complete
Nusu nuf 1 0 Portions
Odia ory 1 1 Complete
Pa'o blk 1 1 NT
Palaung, Ruching pce 1 1 Complete
Palaung, Rumai rbb 1 1
Palaung, Shwe pll 1 1
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete
Pyen pyy 1 0 Portions
Rakhine rki 2 2
Ranglong rnl 1 0 NT
Rawang raw 1 0 Complete
Riang Lai yin 1 0
Riang Lang ril 1 1 Portions
Rohingya rhg 1 1
Samtao stu 1 0
Shan shn 2 2 Complete
Tai Laing tjl 1 1
Tai Loi tlq 1 1
Tai Nua tdd 1 1 Portions
Tamil tam 1 0 Complete
Taungyo tco 1 1
Tavoyan tvn 1 1
Telugu tel 1 0 Complete
Thai tha 1 1 Complete
Unknown xxx 1 0
Vaiphei vap 1 0 NT
Wa, Parauk prk 1 0 Complete
Wa, Vo wbm 1 0 NT
Yinbaw kvu 1 0
Yintale kvy 1 1
Zaiwa atb 1 0 NT
Zayein kxk 1 0
Zo zom 1 0 Complete
Totals: 136 146 49   33 43 59 107 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 54,301,000
Population in Unreached 45,806,000  (84.4%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 49 to 98
Urbanization 34%
Continent Asia
Region Southeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code BM
Official National Language Burmese
Literacy Rate 93%
Estimated Illiterate Population 3,801,000
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 8.8%
Percent Evangelical 5.1%
Country Progress Level 4
Persecution Ranking 28 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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