Country: Sri Lanka South Asia PeoplesSouth Asia Peoples website

Number of People Groups

165

People Groups Unreached

76 (46.1%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

20,724,000

Population in Unreached

3,148,000 (15.2%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian **

7.5%

% Evangelical

Unknown

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.3%
(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
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Adi Andhra 800 1,244,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Agamudaiyan 18,000 873,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Agamudaiyan Nattaman 8,800 663,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.65 % -
Ahinkuntaya 60,000 60,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.52 % -
Ambalavasi 16,000 166,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Ambattan 15,000 15,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.49 % -
 Ansari 1,100 16,253,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arab 5,300 391,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arain (Muslim traditions) 600 10,843,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Arayan 1,000 199,000 Malayalam Hinduism 11.33 % -
Badahala 112,000 112,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Baloch 1,000 7,820,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania 16,000 29,373,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania Agarwal 20,000 4,824,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania Chetti 6,500 805,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Bania Mahajan 1,300 184,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania Mahesri 1,900 362,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania Porwal 1,800 327,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Banjara (Hindu traditions) 800 5,985,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Batgama 388,000 388,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.48 %
Berava 363,000 363,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.56 % -
Bharathar 1,800 75,000 Malayalam Christianity 82.23 % -
Bintanna 6,600 6,600 Sinhala Buddhism 5.05 % -
Bodhivansha 14,000 14,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.02 % -
 Bohra 2,000 1,103,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Boya 17,000 4,007,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.00 % -
 Brahmin 100,000 63,126,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Brahmin Indian Tamil 32,000 32,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.45 %
 Burgher 46,000 46,000 Sinhala Christianity 77.62 % -
 Burmese 600 32,584,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Chakkiliyan 32,000 1,325,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.97 % -
 Chinese, general 700 11,783,000 Chinese, Mandarin Buddhism 3.81 %
 Christian unspecified 27,000 1,068,000 Language unknown Christianity 100.00 % -
Couratto 7,100 7,100 Sinhala Buddhism 1.72 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Sri Lankan Sign Language Buddhism 8.38 % 1.20 % -
Demala Gattara 7,400 7,400 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Dhobi (Hindu traditions) 11,000 12,542,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.22 %
Divehi 2,000 3,200 Maldivian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Dodda-Weddah 39,000 39,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.50 % -
Durava 612,000 612,000 Sinhala Buddhism 8.12 % -
Gahala 11,000 11,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.78 %
Gattara 748,000 748,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.74 % -
Gauraykwallu 19,000 19,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.88 %
Goanese 2,300 646,000 Konkani Christianity 100.00 % -
Govigama 549,000 549,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.90 % -
Govigama Patti 27,000 27,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.28 % -
Govigama Radala 27,000 27,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.27 % -
 Hajam 4,900 4,453,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Hakki Pikki 1,300 25,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Handi 1,800 1,800 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Hannali 328,000 328,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.85 % -
Hanomoreyo 5,500 5,500 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Heeri 17,000 17,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.59 %
Henawalayo 19,000 19,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.71 %
Hinna 239,000 239,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.70 % -
Hunna 89,000 89,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.49 % -
Idayan 9,400 77,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.72 % -
 Ilavan 80,000 5,919,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.34 % -
Indian Tamil (unspecified) 9,800 9,800 Tamil Hinduism 36.16 % -
 Japanese 2,300 124,771,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.43 %
 Jat (Hindu traditions) 1,600 19,208,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Jat (Muslim traditions) 1,800 32,669,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Javanese 8,600 17,679,000 Javanese Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Kadaiyar 1,000 18,000 Tamil Hinduism 7.45 % -
 Kaikolan 80,000 2,491,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.52 % -
Kallan 18,000 1,278,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.12 % -
 Kapu 1,400 15,077,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Karaiyar 189,000 189,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.81 % -
Karava 1,063,000 1,063,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.40 % -
 Kasar (Hindu traditions) 3,500 725,000 Tamil Hinduism 7.95 % -
Kiddea 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.10 % -
Kinnara 29,000 29,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.46 %
Konta Durayi 2,000 2,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Koviar 202,000 202,000 Tamil Hinduism 17.02 % -
Koviyar 1,000 1,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.77 % -
 Kuravan 4,600 489,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Kustarogiyo 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.31 % -
 Lohar (Hindu traditions) 900 9,590,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Madappalli 700 700 Tamil Hinduism 12.42 % -
Madari 500 110,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mahishya 600 10,268,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Malay, Javar 44,000 11,627,000 Sri Lankan Creole Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Malayali 800 1,215,000 Malayalam Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Malayan, tribal 1,600 42,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
 Mangala 700 1,857,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mappila 11,000 9,144,000 Malayalam Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Marakkalage 8,900 8,900 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Maravan 101,000 3,223,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Maravar 84,000 84,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.49 % -
Mauritian 3,800 1,088,000 Morisyen Hinduism 37.50 % -
 Memon 2,100 694,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Moghal 1,200 2,951,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Mukkuvan (Hindu traditions) 1,100 153,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.78 %
Mukkuvar 41,000 41,000 Tamil Hinduism 18.51 % -
 Nadar 35,000 4,266,000 Tamil Hinduism 25.93 % -
 Nair 4,100 6,644,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.51 %
Nalavar 43,000 43,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
 Namassej 600 8,371,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Navait 17,000 73,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Navandanna 1,141,000 1,141,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.28 % -
Navithan 22,000 806,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.76 % -
Oli 29,000 29,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.20 % -
Osta [Nasuva] 8,400 8,400 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Palla 30,000 30,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.91 % -
 Pallan 53,000 3,358,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.87 % -
Pallar 68,000 68,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.04 % -
Palliwilli 2,200 2,200 Tamil Hinduism 15.08 % -
Pamunu 30,000 30,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.38 % -
Panar 5,100 247,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.96 % -
Panna 30,000 30,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.38 % -
Pannikki 239,000 239,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.62 % -
 Paraiyan 119,000 3,204,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.46 % -
Paraiyar 69,000 69,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.03 % -
Paravan 2,000 130,000 Tamil Hinduism 8.42 % -
 Parsee 700 160,000 Gujarati Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pashtun, Northern 42,000 39,898,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Pidayne Danno 8,700 8,700 Sinhala Buddhism 3.51 %
Porowakara 48,000 48,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.08 % -
Primanar 70,000 70,000 Tamil Hinduism 3.87 %
Pulayan 4,700 1,417,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.79 % -
Radava 357,000 357,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.36 % -
Radayo 1,800 1,800 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Rajaka 147,000 147,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.03 % -
 Rajput (Hindu traditions) 2,200 45,416,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Rajput (Muslim traditions) 1,500 19,655,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Rodiya 18,000 18,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Salagama 294,000 294,000 Sinhala Buddhism 12.16 % -
Sali, Seriyar 3,400 1,309,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.94 % -
 Samban 1,500 53,000 Tamil Hinduism 8.03 % -
 Sayyid 50,000 15,455,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Semman, Sempadawar 1,200 6,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.25 % -
 Shaikh 204,000 234,437,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Silpi 3,400 203,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.80 % -
 Sindhi (Muslim traditions) 1,000 305,000 Sindhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Sinhalese unspecified 165,000 165,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.81 % -
Siviyar 500 500 Tamil Hinduism 16.00 % -
 Sonar (Hindu traditions) 6,400 7,754,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.00 %
Sri Lanka Chetti 6,500 6,500 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sri Lanka Moor 489,000 489,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Sri Lankan Tamil unspecified 8,800 8,800 Tamil Hinduism 37.72 % -
 Syrian Christian 700 3,699,000 Malayalam Christianity 100.00 % -
 Tamil (Muslim traditions) 1,151,000 4,290,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 23 
Tattar 5,400 5,400 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
 Teli (Hindu traditions) 4,800 18,980,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.93 % -
Thacher 3,100 3,100 Tamil Hinduism 9.83 % -
Thanakavar 2,500 2,500 Tamil Hinduism 9.53 % -
Thimilar 20,000 20,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
Thurumber 700 700 Tamil Hinduism 13.98 % -
Tondagattan 1,500 1,500 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Valluvan 3,100 133,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.86 % -
Vaniyan 17,000 946,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.77 % -
 Vannan 30,000 1,030,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.58 % -
Vannar 16,000 16,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.49 % -
 Vanniyan 37,000 12,548,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
Vanniyar 97,000 97,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.46 % -
 Vedda 300 300 Veddah Unknown 43.75 % -
Velakkithalanayan 700 351,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
Vellalan 31,000 2,544,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Vellalar 1,144,000 1,144,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.80 % -
Vellidura 1,300 1,300 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Vettar 3,100 3,100 Tamil Hinduism 8.86 % -
 Viswakarma 7,300 7,655,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Wahumpura 8,049,000 8,049,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.01 % -
 Yadav (Hindu traditions) 7,500 59,815,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.85 %
Yamannu 80,000 80,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.68 %
  Totals:  165 20,724,000       76   7.46 % 0.00 % 117 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 181,000                
  UN Country Population (2017) 20,905,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Central 2,731,000 145 66 45.5 % 596,000 21.8 % 3
Eastern 1,659,000 124 51 41.1 % 661,000 39.8 % 3
North Central 1,346,000 85 31 36.5 % 174,000 12.9 % 2
North Western 2,531,000 108 45 41.7 % 414,000 16.4 % 2
Northern 1,034,000 93 36 38.7 % 96,000 9.3 % 4
Sabaragamuwa 2,054,000 125 54 43.2 % 278,000 13.5 % 2
Southern 1,770,000 108 40 37.0 % 69,000 3.9 % 2
Uva 1,351,000 129 55 42.6 % 198,000 14.7 % 2
Western 6,222,000 144 62 43.1 % 636,000 10.2 % 3
Country:   20,724,000 165 76 46.1 % 3,148,000 15.2 % 23
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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
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1
Bengali ben 2 2 Complete Bible
Burmese mya 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 4 4 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 4 4 Complete Bible
Japanese jpn 1 1 Complete Bible
Javanese jav 1 1 Complete Bible
Konkani knn 1 0 Complete Bible
Malayalam mal 7 2 Complete Bible
Maldivian div 1 1 Bible Portions
Marwari rwr 2 2 New Testament
Morisyen mfe 1 0 New Testament
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Western pnb 3 3 Complete Bible
Sindhi snd 1 1 Complete Bible
Sinhala sin 45 16 Complete Bible
Sri Lankan Creole Malay sci 1 1
Sri Lankan Sign Language sqs 1 0
Tamil tam 76 26 Complete Bible
Telugu tel 4 4 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 0
Urdu urd 4 4 Complete Bible
Veddah ved 1 0
Totals: 24 165 76   15 16 20 20 13
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State Population Hindu Muslim Christian Buddhist Sikh Other % Christian
Adherent
Central 2,731,000 599,000 279,000 101,000 1,751,000 0 230 3.69 %
Eastern 1,659,000 586,000 607,000 88,400 378,000 0 370 5.33 %
North Central 1,346,000 11,100 108,000 15,800 1,211,000 0 70 1.17 %
North Western 2,531,000 48,600 285,000 327,000 1,870,000 0 190 12.91 %
Northern 1,034,000 765,000 34,500 204,000 30,600 0 40 19.70 %
Sabaragamuwa 2,054,000 170,000 93,600 35,600 1,756,000 0 50 1.73 %
Southern 1,770,000 18,500 57,600 13,400 1,681,000 0 70 0.76 %
Uva 1,351,000 187,000 59,800 22,500 1,082,000 0 140 1.67 %
Western 6,222,000 313,000 534,000 822,000 4,549,000 0 2,330 13.21 %
Country:   20,724,000 2,698,000 2,059,000 1,630,000 14,309,000 0 3,500 7.87 %
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Sri Lanka Statistics
People Groups 165
Unreached People Groups 76  (46.1%)
Population 20,724,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.5%
Population in Unreached 3,148,000  (15.2%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 117
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 7.5%
Percent Evangelical Unknown
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.3%
Country Progress Level 2
Urbanization 18%
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code CE
Official Language(s) SinhalaEnglish
Literacy Rate 93%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,451,000
Persecution Ranking 44 (1=High to 50=Low OD)




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