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Number of People Groups

161

People Groups Unreached

73 (45.3%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

21,344,000

Population in Unreached

3,145,000 (14.7%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent *

7.67%

% Evangelical

Unknown

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.3%
* From latest Sri Lanka census data. Current values may differ.
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 800 354,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Agamudaiyan Nattaman 8,700 731,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.65 % -
 Agamudaiyan unspecified 9,200 262,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.59 % -
Ahinkuntaya 61,000 61,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.52 % -
 Ambalavasi 16,000 197,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.98 % -
Ambattan 15,000 15,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.49 % -
 Ansari 1,000 17,104,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab 5,200 705,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arain (Muslim traditions) 600 10,928,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Badahala 115,000 115,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Baloch 900 2,404,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Chetti 6,400 834,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania unspecified 9,600 16,822,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Banjara (Hindu traditions) 800 7,064,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Batgama 382,000 382,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.48 % 8
Berava 374,000 374,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.56 % -
Bharathar (Christian traditions) 1,400 46,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
Bharathar (Hindu traditions) 400 14,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Bintanna 6,800 6,800 Sinhala Buddhism 5.05 % -
Bodhivansha 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.02 % -
 Bohra 2,000 1,296,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Boya 17,000 4,424,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.00 % -
Brahmin Indian Tamil 32,000 32,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.45 % 1
 Brahmin unspecified 4,400 34,394,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.22 % 1
 Burgher 46,000 46,000 Sinhala Christianity 87.06 % -
Chakkiliyan (Christian traditions) 4,800 140,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) 27,000 1,018,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.12 % 1
 Christian 27,000 2,109,000 Language unknown Christianity 100.00 % -
Couratto 7,000 7,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.72 % 1
 Deaf 107,000 48,207,000 Sri Lankan Sign Language Buddhism 8.38 % -
Demala Gattara 8,200 8,200 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Dhobi (Hindu traditions) 11,000 12,659,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.22 % 1
Divehi 1,900 3,300 Maldivian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Dodda-Weddah 38,000 38,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.50 % -
Durava 734,000 734,000 Sinhala Buddhism 8.12 % -
Gahala 11,000 11,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.78 % 1
Gattara 769,000 769,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.74 % -
Gauraykwallu 19,000 19,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.88 % 1
Goanese 2,300 788,000 Konkani Christianity 100.00 % -
 Govigama 564,000 564,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.90 % -
Govigama Patti 28,000 28,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.28 % -
Govigama Radala 28,000 28,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.27 % -
 Hajam 4,900 5,069,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hakki Pikki 1,200 29,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Handi 1,800 1,800 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Hannali 337,000 337,000 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 19,000 19,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.71 % 1
Hinna 245,000 245,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.70 % -
Hunna 91,000 91,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.49 % -
Idayan 9,300 88,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.72 % -
 Ilavan 70,000 6,657,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.09 % 1
Ilavan Christian 11,000 147,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
Indian Tamil 9,800 9,800 Tamil Hinduism 36.16 % -
 Japanese 2,300 122,406,000 Japanese Buddhism 2.87 % 1
 Jat (Hindu traditions) 1,600 15,911,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jat (Muslim traditions) 1,800 13,681,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Javanese 8,600 18,411,000 Javanese Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kaikolan 80,000 2,764,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.52 % -
Kallan 18,000 972,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.12 % -
 Kapu 1,400 13,700,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Karaiyar 197,000 197,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.81 % -
Karava 1,088,000 1,088,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.40 % -
 Kasar (Hindu traditions) 3,400 776,000 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 213,000 213,000 Tamil Hinduism 17.02 % -
Koviyar 1,200 1,200 Tamil Hinduism 15.77 % -
 Kumhar (Hindu traditions) 6,400 18,716,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.55 % -
 Kuravan (Hindu traditions) 4,100 489,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kustarogiyo 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.31 % -
 Lohar (Hindu traditions) 900 11,395,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Madari (Muslim traditions) 500 122,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mahishya 600 12,293,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malay, Javar 43,000 17,582,000 Sri Lankan Malay Creole Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malayali 800 1,630,000 Malayalam Hinduism 11.02 % -
Malayan, caste 1,600 42,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
 Mangala 700 2,146,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mappila 11,000 10,190,000 Malayalam Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Marakkalage 8,900 8,900 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Maravan 101,000 3,410,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.51 % -
Maravar 87,000 87,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.49 % -
 Mauritian 3,800 1,100,000 Morisyen Hinduism 45.11 % -
 Memon 2,100 868,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Moghal 1,200 3,354,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Mukkuvan (Hindu traditions) 1,100 185,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.78 % 1
Mukkuvar 42,000 42,000 Tamil Hinduism 18.51 % -
Nadar (Christian traditions) 9,100 1,425,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Nadar (Hindu traditions) 26,000 3,332,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nair 4,100 7,591,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.51 % 1
Nalavar 45,000 45,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
 Namassej (Hindu traditions) 600 4,402,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Navait 17,000 82,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Navandanna 1,172,000 1,172,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.28 % -
 Navithan 22,000 899,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.76 % -
Oli 30,000 30,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.20 % -
Osta (Nasuva) 8,200 8,200 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Palla 33,000 33,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.91 % -
Pallan (Christian traditions) 6,900 523,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Pallan (Hindu traditions) 47,000 2,683,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Pallar 70,000 70,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.04 % -
Palliwilli 2,300 2,300 Tamil Hinduism 15.08 % -
Pamunu 31,000 31,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.38 % -
 Panan 5,100 275,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.96 % -
Panna 33,000 33,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.38 % -
Pannikki 246,000 246,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.62 % -
Paraiyan (Christian traditions) 16,000 895,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Paraiyan (Hindu traditions) 104,000 2,532,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Paraiyar 71,000 71,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.03 % -
 Paravan (Hindu traditions) 1,800 104,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parsee 700 167,000 Gujarati Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashtun, Pathan 42,000 9,177,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Pidayne Danno 9,000 9,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.51 % 1
Porowakara 60,000 60,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.08 % -
 Primanar 73,000 73,000 Tamil Hinduism 3.07 % 1
 Pulayan 4,600 1,087,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.79 % -
Radava 368,000 368,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.36 % -
Radayo 1,800 1,800 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rajaka 151,000 151,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.03 % -
 Rajput (Hindu traditions) 2,200 27,190,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Rajput (Muslim traditions) 1,500 6,879,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rodiya 18,000 18,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Salagama 315,000 315,000 Sinhala Buddhism 12.16 % -
 Sali, Seriyar 3,400 1,200,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.94 % -
 Samban 1,400 25,000 Tamil Hinduism 8.03 % -
 Sayyid 50,000 17,189,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Semman 1,200 6,600 Tamil Hinduism 6.25 % -
 Shaikh 204,000 212,131,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
Silpi 3,400 234,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.80 % -
 Sindhi (Muslim traditions) 1,000 189,000 Sindhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sinhalese 186,000 186,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.81 % -
 Sonar (Hindu traditions) 6,300 8,247,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.00 % 1
Sri Lanka Chetti 6,400 6,400 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Sri Lanka Moor 484,000 484,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 10
 Sri Lankan Tamil 9,500 9,500 Tamil Hinduism 37.72 % -
 Syrian Christian 700 4,332,000 Malayalam Christianity 100.00 % -
 Tamil (Muslim traditions) 1,152,000 4,529,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 23
Tattar 5,900 5,900 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
 Teli (Hindu traditions) 4,800 22,468,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.93 % -
Thacher 3,100 3,100 Tamil Hinduism 9.83 % -
Thanakavar 2,500 2,500 Tamil Hinduism 9.53 % -
Thimilar 21,000 21,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
Tondagattan 1,500 1,500 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Valluvan 3,000 125,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.86 % -
Vaniyan 17,000 1,048,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.77 % -
Vannan (Christian traditions) 3,700 173,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Vannan (Hindu traditions) 26,000 126,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Vannar 17,000 17,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.49 % -
 Vanniyan 37,000 13,432,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
Vanniyar 102,000 102,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.46 % -
 Vedda 300 300 Sinhala Christianity 50.00 % -
 Vellalan 31,000 1,787,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.47 % -
Vellalar 1,186,000 1,186,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.80 % -
Vellidura 1,200 1,200 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Vettar 3,100 3,100 Tamil Hinduism 8.86 % -
 Viswakarma 7,300 7,479,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.80 % 1
 Wahumpura 8,293,000 8,293,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.01 % -
 Yadav (Hindu traditions) 7,400 41,296,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.85 % 1
Yamannu 78,000 78,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.68 % 2
  Totals:  161 21,344,000         73 7.67 % 0.00 % 116 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 153,000                
  UN Country Population (2021) 21,497,000                
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Province Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Central 2,689,000 150 69 46.0 % 672,000 25.0 % 3
Eastern 1,631,000 129 52 40.3 % 646,000 39.6 % 3
North Central 1,324,000 89 35 39.3 % 172,000 13.0 % 2
North Western 2,492,000 116 49 42.2 % 408,000 16.4 % 2
Northern 1,136,000 94 39 41.5 % 104,000 9.2 % 5
Sabaragamuwa 2,022,000 132 58 43.9 % 285,000 14.1 % 2
Southern 2,596,000 120 44 36.7 % 104,000 4.0 % 3
Uva 1,337,000 133 57 42.9 % 221,000 16.5 % 2
Western 6,123,000 149 64 43.0 % 637,000 10.4 % 3
Country:   21,344,000 161 73 45.3 % 3,145,000 14.7 % 25

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 282,458,000 1,323.4 % 97.2 % 0.0 % 1.2 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 778,555,000 3,647.7 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.8 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 207,795,000 973.6 % 93.3 % 0.0 % 0.4 % 3.6 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 118,286,000 554.2 % 81.3 % 1.5 % 9.4 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.8 %
21,344,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this 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
Gujarati guj 3 3 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 3 3 Complete Bible
Japanese jpn 1 1 Complete Bible
Javanese jav 1 1 Complete Bible
Konkani knn 1 0 Complete Bible
Malayalam mal 4 1 Complete Bible
Maldivian div 1 1 Bible Portions
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 46 16 Complete Bible
Sri Lankan Malay Creole sci 1 1 Translation Needed
Sri Lankan Sign Language sqs 1 0 Bible Portions
Tamil tam 81 30 Complete Bible
Telugu tel 4 4 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 0 Unspecified
Urdu urd 4 4 Complete Bible
Totals: 20 161 73   13 13 17 17 0
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State Population Hindu Muslim Christian Buddhist Sikh Other % Christian
Adherent *
Central 2,689,000 591,000 275,000 99,100 1,725,000 0 230 0.00 %
Eastern 1,631,000 575,000 597,000 87,500 371,000 0 360 0.00 %
North Central 1,324,000 10,900 106,000 15,500 1,192,000 0 70 0.00 %
North Western 2,492,000 47,700 280,000 322,000 1,841,000 0 170 0.00 %
Northern 1,136,000 851,000 34,600 220,000 31,400 0 40 0.00 %
Sabaragamuwa 2,022,000 167,000 92,100 35,100 1,730,000 0 50 0.00 %
Southern 2,596,000 36,900 83,300 19,100 2,459,000 0 90 0.00 %
Uva 1,337,000 189,000 58,900 22,100 1,066,000 0 130 0.00 %
Western 6,123,000 308,000 527,000 809,000 4,477,000 0 2,290 0.00 %
Country:   21,344,000 2,777,000 2,054,000 1,629,000 14,892,000 0 3,400 7.63 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data. Current values may differ.
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Sri Lanka Statistics
People Groups 161
Unreached People Groups 73  (45.3%)
Population 21,344,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.5%
Population in Unreached 3,145,000  (14.7%)
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent * 7.7%
Percent Evangelical Unknown
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.3%
Pioneer Workers Needed ** 116
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 1,067,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked


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