Country: Myanmar (Burma)

Number of People Groups

153

People Groups Unreached

49 (32.0%)

Total Population

54,312,000

Unreached Population

45,387,000 (83.6%)

% Professing Christian

8.9%

% Evangelical

5.13 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

93 %

10/40 Window

Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
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 %
 Bisu 800 6,800 Bisu Christianity 100.00 % 90.00 %
 Bulang 15,000 119,000 Blang Buddhism 1.90 % 0.80 %
 Burmese 30,795,000 31,524,000 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 65.00 % 38.00 %
 Chin, Asho 170,000 173,000 Chin, Asho Buddhism 30.00 % 25.00 %
 Chin, Bawm 1,700 1,700 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, Chinbon 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 50.00 % 4.00 %
 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, Kuki, Thado-Kuki 40,000 222,000 Chin, Thado Christianity 70.00 % 35.00 %
 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 14,000 14,000 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, 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 %
 Eurasian, Anglo-Burmese 56,000 1,793,000 English Christianity 95.00 % 30.00 %
Gante, Gangte 6,600 6,600 Gangte Christianity 60.00 % 35.00 %
 Gujarati 35,000 1,639,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.80 % 0.41 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 75,000 77,290,000 Chinese, Yue Buddhism 2.00 % 1.30 %
 Han Chinese, Hakka 22,000 42,650,000 Chinese, Hakka Buddhism 3.00 % 1.40 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 986,000 854,535,000 Chinese, Mandarin Buddhism 2.00 % 1.40 %
 Han Chinese, Min Nan 73,000 56,118,000 Chinese, Min Nan Buddhism 4.00 % 2.50 %
 Hindi 132,000 1,395,000 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, Jingpho 1,029,000 1,101,000 Jingpho Christianity 64.00 % 37.00 %
 Kadu, Thet 35,000 189,000 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 14,000 14,000 Karen, Geko Christianity 75.00 % 40.00 %
 Karen, Kayah 111,000 132,000 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 253,000 253,000 Karen, Pwo Western Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 32.00 %
 Karen, S'gaw, Paganyaw 1,952,000 2,168,000 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 46,000 136,000 Wa, Vo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.55 %
 Kayan, Padaung 62,000 65,000 Kayan Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 22.00 %
 Khampti, Khamti Shan 9,000 34,000 Khamti Buddhism 0.10 % 0.04 %
Kiorr 11,000 16,000 Kiorr Buddhism 1.00 % 0.40 %
 Lahu 225,000 578,000 Lahu Christianity 80.00 % 43.00 %
 Lahu Shi 12,000 158,000 Lahu Shi Buddhism 10.00 % 5.00 %
 Lama 5,500 7,500 Bai, Lama Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 10.00 %
 Lao 25,000 3,659,000 Lao Buddhism 3.00 % 0.90 %
 Laopang 10,000 23,000 Laopang Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 11.00 %
 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 173,000 1,116,000 Lisu Christianity 85.00 % 52.00 %
Lopi 5,500 5,500 Lopi Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 15.00 %
 Lushai, Mizo 19,000 182,000 Mizo Christianity 90.00 % 45.00 %
 Malay, Salon 27,000 11,637,000 Malay Islam 0.03 % 0.02 %
 Malayali 23,000 1,249,000 Malayalam Hinduism 34.00 % 7.00 %
 Manipuri, Ponna 12,000 1,492,000 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 %
Moken 8,500 11,000 Moken Ethnic Religions 0.05 % 0.04 %
 Mon 806,000 924,000 Mon Buddhism 0.90 % 0.70 %
 Mru, Mro 25,000 61,000 Mru Buddhism 4.01 % 0.40 %
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 Kokak Buddhism 15.00 % 3.00 %
Naga, Konyak 1,500 1,500 Naga, Konyak Christianity 83.00 % 45.00 %
Naga, Kyan-Karyaw 10,000 10,000 Naga, Kyan-Karyaw 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 3,300 3,300 Naga, Makyan 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 297,000 756,000 Nepali Hinduism 1.00 % 0.70 %
 Nu 800 14,000 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 400 400 Hpon Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.40 %
 Punjabi 11,000 2,409,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 1.20 % 0.63 %
Purum 500 1,600 Purum Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 9.00 %
Pyen 800 800 Pyen Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 15.00 %
 Rakhine, Arakanese 2,717,000 2,960,000 Rakhine Buddhism 0.10 % 0.04 %
Ralte 28,000 47,000 Ralte Christianity 65.00 % 40.00 %
Ranglong 100 100 Ranglong Christianity 61.00 % 25.00 %
 Rawang, Nung 158,000 159,000 Rawang Christianity 80.00 % 45.00 %
 Riang, Riang-Lang 15,000 17,000 Riang Lang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Rohingya 989,000 1,936,000 Rohingya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Samtao 11,000 16,000 Samtao Buddhism 7.00 % 5.40 %
 Sansu 5,600 22,000 Hlersu Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 3.40 %
Sino-Burmese 17,000 17,000 Burmese Buddhism 1.00 % 0.70 %
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 284,000 1,475,000 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 316,000 1,349,000 Lu Buddhism 0.20 % 0.06 %
 Tai Man, Shan 4,594,000 4,697,000 Shan Buddhism 0.90 % 0.70 %
 Tai Nua, Chinese Shan 101,000 664,000 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 7,260,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.00 % 3.80 %
 Taungyo, Dawe 46,000 46,000 Taungyo Buddhism 0.60 % 0.40 %
 Tavoyan 403,000 404,000 Tavoyan Buddhism 0.10 % 0.04 %
 Telugu 139,000 770,000 Telugu Hinduism 8.00 % 1.20 %
 Thai, Central 43,000 20,175,000 Thai Buddhism 0.60 % 0.40 %
 Tulung, Drung 300 14,000 Drung Christianity 56.00 % 29.00 %
 Vaiphei 7,600 60,000 Vaiphei Christianity 87.00 % 50.00 %
 Wa 1,011,000 1,391,000 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, Atsi 36,000 153,000 Zaiwa Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 5.00 %
 Zo 68,000 96,000 Zo Christianity 84.00 % 50.00 %
Zyphe 21,000 21,000 Chin, Zyphe Christianity 65.00 % 35.00 %
  Totals:  153 54,312,000       49   8.95 % 5.13 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 51,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 54,363,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
75.1 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.1 %)
8.9 %
Ethnic Religions
8.1 %
Hinduism
1.6 %
Islam
5.6 %
Non-Religious
0.5 %
Other / Small Religions
0.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
1.3 %
Independent
13.7 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.4 %
Protestant
61.9 %
Roman Catholic
14.4 %
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 153
Unreached People Groups 49  (32.0%)
Population 54,312,000
Population in Unreached 45,387,000  (83.6%)
Urbanization 34%
Continent Asia
Region Southeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code BM
Official National Language Burmese
Literacy Rate 93%
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Professing Christian 8.9%
Percent Evangelical 5.1%
Country Progress Level 4
Persecution Ranking 23 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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