Country: Sri Lanka South Asia PeoplesSouth Asia Peoples website

Number of People Groups

167

People Groups Unreached

71 (42.5%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

20,828,000

Population in Unreached

3,186,000 (15.3%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian **

7.5%

% 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 Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent **
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Adi Andhra 800 1,243,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Agamudaiyan 18,000 873,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.59 % -
Agamudaiyan Nattaman 8,700 662,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.65 % -
Ahinkuntaya 59,000 59,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.52 % -
Ambalavasi 16,000 167,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.98 % -
Ambattan 15,000 15,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.49 % -
 Ansari 1,000 16,415,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab 5,200 404,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arain (Muslim traditions) 600 11,022,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Arayan 900 199,000 Malayalam Hinduism 11.33 % -
Badahala 110,000 110,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Baloch 900 7,954,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania 16,000 29,070,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Agarwal 20,000 4,807,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Chetti 6,500 748,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Bania Chetti 6,900 6,900 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Bania Mahajan 1,300 184,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Mahesri 1,900 361,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Porwal 1,800 324,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Banjara (Hindu traditions) 800 5,980,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Batgama 384,000 384,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.48 % 8
Berava 360,000 360,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.56 % -
Bharathar 2,900 76,000 Tamil Christianity 78.67 % -
Bintanna 6,500 6,500 Sinhala Buddhism 5.05 % -
Bodhivansha 14,000 14,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.02 % -
 Bohra 2,000 1,110,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Boya 17,000 3,993,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.00 % -
 Brahmin 99,000 62,760,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.23 % 2
Brahmin Indian Tamil 31,000 31,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.45 % 1
 Burgher 52,000 52,000 Sinhala Christianity 86.78 % -
 Burmese 600 31,809,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Chakkiliyan 32,000 1,324,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.97 % -
 Chinese, general 700 12,934,000 Language unknown Buddhism 3.81 % 1
 Christian 27,000 1,226,000 Language unknown Christianity 100.00 % -
Couratto 7,000 7,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.72 % 1
Deaf 105,000 46,464,000 Sri Lankan Sign Language Buddhism 8.38 % -
Demala Gattara 7,300 7,300 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Dhobi (Hindu traditions) 11,000 12,516,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.22 % 1
Divehi 2,000 3,200 Maldivian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Dodda-Weddah 38,000 38,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.50 % -
Durava 605,000 605,000 Sinhala Buddhism 8.12 % -
Gahala 11,000 11,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.78 % 1
Gattara 739,000 739,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.74 % -
Gauraykwallu 18,000 18,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.88 % 1
Goanese 2,300 651,000 Konkani Christianity 100.00 % -
 Govigama 543,000 543,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.90 % -
Govigama Patti 26,000 26,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.28 % -
Govigama Radala 27,000 27,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.27 % -
 Hajam 4,900 4,508,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hakki Pikki 1,200 26,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Handi 1,800 1,800 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Hannali 324,000 324,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.85 % -
Hanomoreyo 5,400 5,400 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Heeri 17,000 17,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.59 % 1
Henawalayo 18,000 18,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.71 % 1
Hinna 236,000 236,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.70 % -
Hunna 88,000 88,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.49 % -
Idayan 9,300 79,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.72 % -
 Ilavan 80,000 5,916,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.34 % -
Indian Tamil 9,700 9,700 Tamil Hinduism 36.16 % -
 Japanese 2,300 124,687,000 Japanese Buddhism 2.87 % 1
 Jat (Hindu traditions) 1,600 19,276,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jat (Muslim traditions) 1,800 33,215,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Javanese 8,500 17,776,000 Javanese Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kadaiyar 1,000 18,000 Tamil Hinduism 7.45 % -
 Kaikolan 79,000 2,490,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.52 % -
Kallan 17,000 1,276,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.12 % -
 Kapu 1,400 15,028,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Karaiyar 187,000 187,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.81 % -
Karava 1,050,000 1,050,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.40 % -
 Kasar (Hindu traditions) 3,400 656,000 Tamil Hinduism 7.95 % -
Kiddea 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.10 % -
Kinnara 29,000 29,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.46 % 1
Konta Durayi 1,900 1,900 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Koviar 199,000 199,000 Tamil Hinduism 17.02 % -
Koviyar 1,000 1,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.77 % -
 Kumhar (Hindu traditions) 6,300 15,697,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.55 % -
 Kuravan 4,500 489,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.80 % -
Kustarogiyo 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.31 % -
 Lohar (Hindu traditions) 900 9,683,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Madappalli 700 700 Tamil Hinduism 12.42 % -
Madari 500 111,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mahishya 600 10,338,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malay, Javar 52,000 17,725,000 Sri Lankan Creole Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malayali 800 1,388,000 Malayalam Hinduism 11.02 % -
Malayan, caste 1,600 42,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
 Mangala 700 1,878,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mappila 11,000 9,116,000 Malayalam Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Marakkalage 8,900 8,900 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Maravan 100,000 3,222,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.56 % -
Maravar 83,000 83,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.49 % -
Mauritian 3,800 1,074,000 Morisyen Hinduism 45.11 % -
 Memon 2,100 732,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Moghal 1,200 2,998,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Mukkuvan (Hindu traditions) 1,100 154,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.78 % 1
Mukkuvar 40,000 40,000 Tamil Hinduism 18.51 % -
Nadar (Christian traditions) 9,000 1,272,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Nadar (Hindu traditions) 26,000 2,989,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nair 4,100 6,641,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.51 % 1
Nalavar 43,000 43,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
 Namassej 600 8,350,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Navait 17,000 73,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Navandanna 1,128,000 1,128,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.28 % -
Navithan 22,000 806,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.76 % -
Oli 29,000 29,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.20 % -
Osta (Nasuva) 8,200 8,200 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Palla 30,000 30,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.91 % -
 Pallan 53,000 3,356,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.87 % -
Pallar 67,000 67,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.04 % -
Palliwilli 2,200 2,200 Tamil Hinduism 15.08 % -
Pamunu 30,000 30,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.38 % -
 Panar 5,000 246,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.96 % -
Panna 30,000 30,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.38 % -
Pannikki 236,000 236,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.62 % -
 Paraiyan 118,000 3,199,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.46 % -
Paraiyar 68,000 68,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.03 % -
Paravan 2,000 130,000 Tamil Hinduism 8.42 % -
 Parsee 700 161,000 Gujarati Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashtun, Pathan 41,000 11,631,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Pidayne Danno 8,600 8,600 Sinhala Buddhism 3.51 % 1
Porowakara 48,000 48,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.08 % -
Primanar 69,000 69,000 Tamil Hinduism 3.07 % 1
Pulayan 4,600 1,418,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.79 % -
Radava 353,000 353,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.36 % -
Radayo 1,800 1,800 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rajaka 146,000 146,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.03 % -
 Rajput (Hindu traditions) 2,200 45,473,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Rajput (Muslim traditions) 1,500 20,008,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rodiya 18,000 18,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Salagama 290,000 290,000 Sinhala Buddhism 12.16 % -
Sali, Seriyar 3,400 1,012,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.94 % -
 Samban 1,400 52,000 Tamil Hinduism 8.03 % -
 Sayyid 49,000 15,707,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Semman, Sempadawar 1,200 6,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.25 % -
 Shaikh 202,000 235,972,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
Silpi 3,400 207,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.80 % -
 Sindhi (Muslim traditions) 1,000 310,000 Sindhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sinhalese 164,000 164,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.81 % -
Siviyar 500 500 Tamil Hinduism 16.00 % -
 Sonar (Hindu traditions) 6,300 7,760,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.00 % 1
 Sri Lanka Moor 689,000 689,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 14
Sri Lankan Tamil 8,700 8,700 Tamil Hinduism 37.72 % -
 Syrian Christian 700 3,691,000 Malayalam Christianity 100.00 % -
 Tamil (Muslim traditions) 1,139,000 4,285,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 23
Tattar 5,400 5,400 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
 Teli (Hindu traditions) 4,700 19,029,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.93 % -
Thacher 3,100 3,100 Tamil Hinduism 9.83 % -
Thanakavar 2,400 2,400 Tamil Hinduism 9.53 % -
Thimilar 20,000 20,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
Thurumber 600 600 Tamil Hinduism 13.98 % -
Tondagattan 1,500 1,500 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Valluvan 3,000 133,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.86 % -
Vaniyan 17,000 947,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.77 % -
 Vannan 29,000 1,028,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.58 % -
Vannar 16,000 16,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.49 % -
 Vanniyan 36,000 12,535,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
Vanniyar 96,000 96,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.46 % -
 Vedda 300 300 Veddah Christianity 50.00 % -
Velakkithalanayan 700 351,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
Vellalan 31,000 2,556,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.47 % -
Vellalar 1,130,000 1,130,000 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 7,300 7,641,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.80 % 1
 Wahumpura 7,961,000 7,961,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.01 % -
 Yadav (Hindu traditions) 7,300 59,601,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.85 % 1
Yamannu 79,000 79,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.68 % 2
  Totals:  167 20,828,000       71   7.55 % 0.00 % 118 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 122,000                
  UN Country Population (2018) 20,950,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Central 2,703,000 147 61 41.5 % 518,000 19.2 % 3
Eastern 1,641,000 126 47 37.3 % 647,000 39.4 % 3
North Central 1,330,000 86 30 34.9 % 172,000 12.9 % 2
North Western 2,502,000 110 43 39.1 % 408,000 16.3 % 2
Northern 1,022,000 94 34 36.2 % 95,000 9.3 % 4
Sabaragamuwa 2,033,000 127 50 39.4 % 258,000 12.7 % 2
Southern 1,751,000 110 38 34.5 % 67,000 3.8 % 2
Uva 1,337,000 131 50 38.2 % 160,000 12.0 % 2
Western 6,378,000 146 57 39.0 % 836,000 13.1 % 3
Country:   20,828,000 167 71 42.5 % 3,186,000 15.3 % 23

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 283,870,000 1,362.9 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 740,250,000 3,554.1 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.4 % 0.2 % 2.7 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 209,733,000 1,007.0 % 93.7 % 0.0 % 1.9 % 3.1 % 1.4 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,254,000 548.6 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.3 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
20,828,000
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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 Complete Bible
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 Needed
Tamil tam 79 22 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: 23 167 71   14 15 19 19 12
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State Population Hindu Muslim Christian Buddhist Sikh Other % Christian
Adherent
Central 2,703,000 596,000 277,000 99,900 1,732,000 0 230 3.70 %
Eastern 1,641,000 580,000 601,000 87,300 373,000 0 360 5.32 %
North Central 1,330,000 10,900 106,000 15,600 1,197,000 0 70 1.17 %
North Western 2,502,000 48,000 281,000 322,000 1,850,000 0 180 12.89 %
Northern 1,022,000 757,000 34,000 202,000 30,200 0 40 19.72 %
Sabaragamuwa 2,033,000 169,000 92,500 35,300 1,737,000 0 50 1.73 %
Southern 1,751,000 18,300 56,900 13,200 1,663,000 0 70 0.76 %
Uva 1,337,000 185,000 59,200 22,400 1,070,000 0 130 1.67 %
Western 6,378,000 311,000 744,000 821,000 4,499,000 0 4,420 12.87 %
Country:   20,828,000 2,675,000 2,252,000 1,619,000 14,151,000 0 5,600 7.77 %
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Sri Lanka Statistics
People Groups 167
Unreached People Groups 71  (42.5%)
Population 20,828,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.5%
Population in Unreached 3,186,000  (15.3%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 118
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 95%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,041,000
Persecution Ranking 46 (1=High to 50=Low OD)


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