Country: Sri Lanka South Asia PeoplesSouth Asia Peoples website

Number of People Groups

174

People Groups Unreached

79 (45.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

21,197,000

Population in Unreached

3,413,000 (16.1%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent **

7.6%

% Evangelical

Unknown

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.3%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent **
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Adi Andhra 800 319,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Agamudaiyan 17,000 909,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.59 % -
Agamudaiyan Nattaman 8,500 678,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.65 % -
Ahinkuntaya 60,000 60,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.52 % -
Ambalavasi 16,000 169,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.98 % -
Ambattan 15,000 15,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.49 % -
 Ansari 1,000 16,698,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab 5,100 409,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arain (Muslim traditions) 600 11,504,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Arayan 900 202,000 Malayalam Hinduism 11.33 % -
Badahala 112,000 112,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Baloch 900 8,262,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania 16,000 29,630,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Agarwal 20,000 4,888,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Chetti 6,300 757,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Bania Mahajan 1,300 187,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Mahesri 1,900 367,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Porwal 1,800 330,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Banjara (Hindu traditions) 800 6,170,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Batgama 373,000 373,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.48 % 7
Berava 365,000 365,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.56 % -
Bharathar (Christian traditions) 2,200 41,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
Bharathar (Hindu traditions) 600 14,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Bintanna 6,700 6,700 Sinhala Buddhism 5.05 % -
Bodhivansha 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.02 % -
 Bohra 1,900 1,129,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Boya 16,000 4,080,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.00 % -
 Brahmin 101,000 63,721,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.23 % 2
Brahmin Indian Tamil 31,000 31,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.45 % 1
 Burgher 50,000 50,000 Sinhala Christianity 86.78 % -
 Burmese 600 31,910,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Chakkiliyan (Christian traditions) 4,700 124,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) 27,000 898,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.11 % 1
 Chinese, general 700 15,617,000 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Christian 26,000 1,295,000 Language unknown Christianity 100.00 % -
Couratto 6,800 6,800 Sinhala Buddhism 1.72 % 1
Deaf 107,000 46,963,000 Sri Lankan Sign Language Buddhism 8.38 % -
Demala Gattara 8,000 8,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Dhobi (Hindu traditions) 10,000 12,476,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.22 % 1
Divehi 1,900 3,100 Maldivian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Dodda-Weddah 37,000 37,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.50 % -
Durava 715,000 715,000 Sinhala Buddhism 8.12 % -
Gahala 11,000 11,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.78 % 1
Gattara 750,000 750,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.74 % -
Gauraykwallu 19,000 19,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.88 % 1
Goanese 2,200 661,000 Konkani Christianity 100.00 % -
 Govigama 550,000 550,000 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 4,800 4,601,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hakki Pikki 1,200 27,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Handi 1,700 1,700 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Hannali 329,000 329,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.85 % -
Hanomoreyo 5,300 5,300 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Heeri 17,000 17,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.59 % 1
Henawalayo 19,000 19,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.71 % 1
Hinna 239,000 239,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.70 % -
Hunna 89,000 89,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.49 % -
Idayan 9,100 81,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.72 % -
 Ilavan 73,000 5,931,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.09 % 1
Ilavan Christian 10,000 129,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
Indian Tamil 9,600 9,600 Tamil Hinduism 36.16 % -
 Japanese 2,300 124,386,000 Japanese Buddhism 2.87 % 1
 Jat (Hindu traditions) 1,600 19,563,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jat (Muslim traditions) 1,700 33,821,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Javanese 8,400 18,018,000 Javanese Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kadaiyan 1,000 15,000 Tamil Hinduism 7.45 % -
 Kaikolan 78,000 2,547,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.52 % -
Kallan 17,000 1,310,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.12 % -
 Kapu 1,300 15,177,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Karaiyar 192,000 192,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.81 % -
Karava 1,063,000 1,063,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.40 % -
 Kasar (Hindu traditions) 3,300 669,000 Tamil Hinduism 7.95 % -
Kiddea 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.10 % -
Kinnara 28,000 28,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.46 % 1
Konta Durayi 1,900 1,900 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Koviar 208,000 208,000 Tamil Hinduism 17.02 % -
Koviyar 1,100 1,100 Tamil Hinduism 15.77 % -
 Kumhar (Hindu traditions) 6,200 16,022,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.55 % -
Kuravan (Christian traditions) 500 16,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Kuravan (Hindu traditions) 4,000 436,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kustarogiyo 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.31 % -
 Lohar (Hindu traditions) 900 9,779,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Madappalli 800 800 Tamil Hinduism 12.42 % -
Madari (Muslim traditions) 500 113,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mahishya 600 10,676,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malay, Javar 51,000 16,968,000 Sri Lankan Creole Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malayali 700 1,411,000 Malayalam Hinduism 11.02 % -
Malayan, caste 1,500 36,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
 Mangala 700 1,920,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mappila 11,000 9,257,000 Malayalam Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Marakkalage 8,700 8,700 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Maravan 98,000 3,338,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.51 % -
Maravar 85,000 85,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.49 % -
Mauritian 3,800 1,077,000 Morisyen Hinduism 45.11 % -
 Memon 2,000 776,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Moghal 1,100 3,139,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Mukkuvan (Hindu traditions) 1,100 157,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.78 % 1
Mukkuvar 41,000 41,000 Tamil Hinduism 18.51 % -
Nadar (Christian traditions) 8,900 1,298,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Nadar (Hindu traditions) 25,000 3,055,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nair 4,000 6,770,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.51 % 1
Nalavar 44,000 44,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
 Namassej (Hindu traditions) 500 8,132,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Navait 17,000 74,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Navandanna 1,144,000 1,144,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.28 % -
 Navithan 21,000 822,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.76 % -
Oli 30,000 30,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.20 % -
Osta (Nasuva) 8,100 8,100 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Palla 32,000 32,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.91 % -
Pallan (Christian traditions) 6,700 474,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Pallan (Hindu traditions) 46,000 2,546,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
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 5,000 241,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.96 % -
Panna 32,000 32,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.38 % -
Pannikki 240,000 240,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.62 % -
Paraiyan (Christian traditions) 16,000 816,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Paraiyan (Hindu traditions) 101,000 2,330,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Paraiyar 69,000 69,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.03 % -
Paravan (Hindu traditions) 1,800 91,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parsee 700 163,000 Gujarati Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashtun, Pathan 41,000 11,817,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Pidayne Danno 8,700 8,700 Sinhala Buddhism 3.51 % 1
Porowakara 58,000 58,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.08 % -
Primanar 71,000 71,000 Tamil Hinduism 3.07 % 1
 Pulayan 4,500 1,075,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.79 % -
Radava 359,000 359,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.36 % -
Radayo 1,700 1,700 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rajaka 148,000 148,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.03 % -
 Rajput (Hindu traditions) 2,200 46,269,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Rajput (Muslim traditions) 1,500 20,908,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rodiya 18,000 18,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Salagama 308,000 308,000 Sinhala Buddhism 12.16 % -
 Sali, Seriyar 3,300 1,034,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.94 % -
 Samban 1,400 22,000 Tamil Hinduism 8.03 % -
 Sayyid 49,000 17,371,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Semman, Sempadawar 1,100 6,200 Tamil Hinduism 6.25 % -
 Shaikh 199,000 235,487,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
Silpi 3,300 210,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.80 % -
 Sindhi (Muslim traditions) 1,000 302,000 Sindhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sinhalese 182,000 182,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.81 % -
Siviyar 500 500 Tamil Hinduism 16.00 % -
 Sonar (Hindu traditions) 6,200 7,911,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.00 % 1
Sri Lanka Chetti 6,800 6,800 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Sri Lanka Moor 673,000 673,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 13
Sri Lankan Tamil 9,300 9,300 Tamil Hinduism 37.72 % -
 Syrian Christian 700 3,748,000 Malayalam Christianity 100.00 % -
 Tamil (Muslim traditions) 1,125,000 4,348,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 23
Tattar 5,800 5,800 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
 Teli (Hindu traditions) 4,700 19,436,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.93 % -
Thacher 3,100 3,100 Tamil Hinduism 9.83 % -
Thanakavar 2,400 2,400 Tamil Hinduism 9.53 % -
Thimilar 21,000 21,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
Thurumber 1,000 1,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.98 % -
Tondagattan 1,500 1,500 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Valluvan 3,000 121,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.86 % -
Vaniyan 17,000 969,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.77 % -
Vannan (Christian traditions) 3,600 144,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Vannan (Hindu traditions) 25,000 906,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Vannar 17,000 17,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.49 % -
 Vanniyan 36,000 12,909,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
Vanniyar 99,000 99,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.46 % -
 Vedda 300 300 Veddah Christianity 50.00 % -
Velakkithalanayan 700 358,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
Vellalan 30,000 2,616,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.47 % -
Vellalar 1,157,000 1,157,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.80 % -
Vellidura 1,200 1,200 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Vettar 3,000 3,000 Tamil Hinduism 8.86 % -
 Viswakarma 7,100 7,780,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.80 % 1
 Wahumpura 8,095,000 8,095,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.01 % -
 Yadav (Hindu traditions) 7,200 60,814,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.85 % 1
Yamannu 76,000 76,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.68 % 2
  Totals:  174 21,197,000         79 7.57 % 0.00 % 125 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 127,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 21,324,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Central 2,628,000 154 69 44.8 % 659,000 25.1 % 3
Eastern 1,595,000 131 52 39.7 % 632,000 39.6 % 3
North Central 1,292,000 89 35 39.3 % 168,000 13.0 % 2
North Western 2,431,000 116 49 42.2 % 398,000 16.4 % 2
Northern 1,112,000 99 39 39.4 % 103,000 9.3 % 5
Sabaragamuwa 1,977,000 134 58 43.3 % 280,000 14.2 % 2
Southern 2,535,000 120 44 36.7 % 101,000 4.0 % 3
Uva 1,299,000 137 57 41.6 % 211,000 16.2 % 2
Western 6,196,000 153 65 42.5 % 834,000 13.5 % 3
Country:   21,197,000 174 79 45.4 % 3,413,000 16.1 % 25

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,167,000 1,364.2 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,926,000 3,556.8 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,921,000 947.9 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,285,000 548.6 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
21,197,000
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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
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1 New Testament
Bengali ben 2 2 Complete Bible
Burmese mya 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 6 1 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 New Testament
Sindhi snd 1 1 Complete Bible
Sinhala sin 45 16 Complete Bible
Sri Lankan Creole Malay sci 1 1 Translation Needed
Sri Lankan Sign Language sqs 1 0 Translation Started
Tamil tam 86 30 Complete Bible
Telugu tel 4 4 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 2 1 Unspecified
Urdu urd 4 4 Complete Bible
Veddah ved 1 0 Unspecified
Totals: 23 174 79   14 15 19 19 12
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State Population Hindu Muslim Christian Buddhist Sikh Other % Christian
Adherent
Central 2,628,000 579,000 269,000 97,100 1,683,000 0 230 3.69 %
Eastern 1,595,000 563,000 583,000 84,700 362,000 0 340 5.31 %
North Central 1,292,000 10,600 103,000 15,200 1,163,000 0 70 1.17 %
North Western 2,431,000 46,600 273,000 314,000 1,798,000 0 170 12.91 %
Northern 1,112,000 834,000 33,800 215,000 30,500 0 40 19.30 %
Sabaragamuwa 1,977,000 164,000 90,000 34,200 1,688,000 0 50 1.73 %
Southern 2,535,000 36,100 81,300 18,600 2,399,000 0 90 0.74 %
Uva 1,299,000 180,000 57,500 21,700 1,040,000 0 120 1.67 %
Western 6,196,000 302,000 723,000 797,000 4,371,000 0 4,260 12.87 %
Country:   21,197,000 2,715,000 2,214,000 1,598,000 14,535,000 0 5,400 7.54 %
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Sri Lanka Statistics
People Groups 174
Unreached People Groups 79  (45.4%)
Population 21,197,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.5%
Population in Unreached 3,413,000  (16.1%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 125
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 7.6%
Percent Evangelical Unknown
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.3%
Country Progress Level 2
Urbanization 19%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, South
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code CE
Official Language(s) SinhalaEnglish
Literacy Rate 95%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,060,000
Persecution Ranking 46 (1=High to 50=Low OD)

* An estimate of the number of pioneer workers needed for initial church planting among unreached people groups. Estimates are calculated only for unreached people groups and are based on ratio of 1 worker for every 50,000 individuals living in an unreached people group. Some workers may already be onsite. The country estimate is a summation of the unreached people group estimates. Many more workers are needed beyond this initial estimate.