Country: Sri Lanka South Asia PeoplesSouth Asia Peoples website

Number of People Groups

173

People Groups Unreached

78 (45.1%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

20,830,000

Population in Unreached

3,283,000 (15.8%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian **

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 Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian **
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Adi Andhra 700 316,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Agamudaiyan 17,000 887,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.59 % -
Agamudaiyan Nattaman 8,400 670,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.65 % -
Ahinkuntaya 59,000 59,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.52 % -
Ambalavasi 15,000 167,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.98 % -
Ambattan 15,000 15,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.49 % -
 Ansari 1,000 16,502,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab 5,000 403,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arain (Muslim traditions) 600 11,020,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Arayan 900 200,000 Malayalam Hinduism 11.33 % -
Badahala 110,000 110,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Baloch 900 7,953,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania 15,000 29,332,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Agarwal 20,000 4,839,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Chetti 6,200 751,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Bania Mahajan 1,300 185,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Mahesri 1,900 363,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Porwal 1,800 327,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Banjara (Hindu traditions) 800 6,117,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Batgama 367,000 367,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.48 % 7
Berava 358,000 358,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.56 % -
Bharathar (Christian traditions) 2,200 40,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
Bharathar (Hindu traditions) 600 13,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Bintanna 6,500 6,500 Sinhala Buddhism 5.05 % -
Bodhivansha 14,000 14,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.02 % -
 Bohra 1,900 1,117,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Boya 16,000 4,006,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.00 % -
 Brahmin 99,000 63,225,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.23 % 2
Brahmin Indian Tamil 30,000 30,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.45 % 1
 Burgher 50,000 50,000 Sinhala Christianity 86.78 % -
 Burmese 600 31,811,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Chakkiliyan (Christian traditions) 4,700 123,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) 26,000 889,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.11 % 1
 Chinese, general 700 12,933,000 Language unknown Unknown 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Christian 26,000 1,255,000 Language unknown Christianity 100.00 % -
Couratto 6,700 6,700 Sinhala Buddhism 1.72 % 1
Deaf 105,000 46,464,000 Sri Lankan Sign Language Buddhism 8.38 % -
Demala Gattara 7,800 7,800 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Dhobi (Hindu traditions) 10,000 12,343,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.22 % 1
Divehi 1,900 3,100 Maldivian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Dodda-Weddah 36,000 36,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.50 % -
Durava 703,000 703,000 Sinhala Buddhism 8.12 % -
Gahala 10,000 10,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.78 % 1
Gattara 737,000 737,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.74 % -
Gauraykwallu 19,000 19,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.88 % 1
Goanese 2,200 654,000 Konkani Christianity 100.00 % -
 Govigama 541,000 541,000 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 4,700 4,531,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hakki Pikki 1,200 26,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Handi 1,700 1,700 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Hannali 324,000 324,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.85 % -
Hanomoreyo 5,200 5,200 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Heeri 16,000 16,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.59 % 1
Henawalayo 19,000 19,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.71 % 1
Hinna 235,000 235,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.70 % -
Hunna 88,000 88,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.49 % -
Idayan 9,000 80,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.72 % -
 Ilavan 77,000 5,955,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.34 % -
Indian Tamil 9,500 9,500 Tamil Hinduism 36.16 % -
 Japanese 2,200 124,687,000 Japanese Buddhism 2.87 % 1
 Jat (Hindu traditions) 1,600 19,392,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jat (Muslim traditions) 1,700 33,296,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Javanese 8,300 17,776,000 Javanese Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kadaiyan 900 15,000 Tamil Hinduism 7.45 % -
 Kaikolan 76,000 2,504,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.52 % -
Kallan 17,000 1,291,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.12 % -
 Kapu 1,300 15,017,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Karaiyar 189,000 189,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.81 % -
Karava 1,045,000 1,045,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.40 % -
 Kasar (Hindu traditions) 3,300 662,000 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 1,800 1,800 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Koviar 205,000 205,000 Tamil Hinduism 17.02 % -
Koviyar 1,100 1,100 Tamil Hinduism 15.77 % -
 Kumhar (Hindu traditions) 6,100 15,871,000 Tamil Hinduism 7.00 % -
Kuravan (Christian traditions) 500 16,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Kuravan (Hindu traditions) 3,900 432,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kustarogiyo 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.31 % -
 Lohar (Hindu traditions) 900 9,708,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Madappalli 800 800 Tamil Hinduism 12.42 % -
Madari (Muslim traditions) 500 111,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mahishya 600 10,590,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malay, Javar 50,000 17,662,000 Sri Lankan Creole Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malayali 700 1,391,000 Malayalam Hinduism 11.02 % -
Malayan, caste 1,500 35,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
 Mangala 700 1,888,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mappila 10,000 9,163,000 Malayalam Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Marakkalage 8,500 8,500 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Maravan 97,000 3,252,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.56 % -
Maravar 84,000 84,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.49 % -
Mauritian 3,700 1,074,000 Morisyen Hinduism 45.11 % -
 Memon 2,000 757,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Moghal 1,100 3,024,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Mukkuvan (Hindu traditions) 1,100 155,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.78 % 1
Mukkuvar 41,000 41,000 Tamil Hinduism 18.51 % -
Nadar (Christian traditions) 8,700 1,280,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Nadar (Hindu traditions) 25,000 3,008,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nair 3,900 6,688,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.51 % 1
Nalavar 43,000 43,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
 Namassej 500 8,155,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Navait 16,000 73,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Navandanna 1,124,000 1,124,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.28 % -
Navithan 21,000 811,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.76 % -
Oli 29,000 29,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.20 % -
Osta (Nasuva) 7,900 7,900 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Palla 31,000 31,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.91 % -
Pallan (Christian traditions) 6,600 469,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Pallan (Hindu traditions) 45,000 2,521,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
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 4,900 239,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.96 % -
Panna 31,000 31,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.38 % -
Pannikki 236,000 236,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.62 % -
Paraiyan (Christian traditions) 15,000 807,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Paraiyan (Hindu traditions) 99,000 2,307,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Paraiyar 68,000 68,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.03 % -
Paravan (Hindu traditions) 1,700 90,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parsee 700 162,000 Gujarati Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashtun, Pathan 40,000 11,705,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Pidayne Danno 8,600 8,600 Sinhala Buddhism 3.51 % 1
Porowakara 57,000 57,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.08 % -
Primanar 70,000 70,000 Tamil Hinduism 3.07 % 1
Pulayan 4,400 1,063,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.79 % -
Radava 353,000 353,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.36 % -
Radayo 1,700 1,700 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rajaka 145,000 145,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.03 % -
 Rajput (Hindu traditions) 2,200 45,800,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Rajput (Muslim traditions) 1,500 20,091,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rodiya 17,000 17,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Salagama 302,000 302,000 Sinhala Buddhism 12.16 % -
Sali, Seriyar 3,300 1,024,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.94 % -
 Samban 1,400 22,000 Tamil Hinduism 8.03 % -
 Sayyid 48,000 15,799,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Semman, Sempadawar 1,100 6,100 Tamil Hinduism 6.25 % -
 Shaikh 196,000 236,724,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
Silpi 3,300 208,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.80 % -
 Sindhi (Muslim traditions) 1,000 310,000 Sindhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sinhalese 179,000 179,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.81 % -
Siviyar 500 500 Tamil Hinduism 16.00 % -
 Sonar (Hindu traditions) 6,100 7,833,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.00 % 1
Sri Lanka Chetti 6,600 6,600 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Sri Lanka Moor 662,000 662,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 13
Sri Lankan Tamil 9,100 9,100 Tamil Hinduism 37.72 % -
 Syrian Christian 700 3,710,000 Malayalam Christianity 100.00 % -
 Tamil (Muslim traditions) 1,105,000 4,295,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 22
Tattar 5,700 5,700 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
 Teli (Hindu traditions) 4,600 19,260,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.93 % -
Thacher 3,000 3,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.83 % -
Thanakavar 2,400 2,400 Tamil Hinduism 9.53 % -
Thimilar 20,000 20,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
Thurumber 900 900 Tamil Hinduism 13.98 % -
Tondagattan 1,500 1,500 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Valluvan 2,900 120,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.86 % -
Vaniyan 17,000 953,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.77 % -
Vannan (Christian traditions) 3,600 142,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Vannan (Hindu traditions) 25,000 895,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Vannar 16,000 16,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.49 % -
 Vanniyan 35,000 12,623,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
Vanniyar 97,000 97,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.46 % -
 Vedda 300 300 Veddah Christianity 50.00 % -
Velakkithalanayan 700 353,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
Vellalan 29,000 2,584,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.47 % -
Vellalar 1,137,000 1,137,000 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 7,000 7,685,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.80 % 1
 Wahumpura 7,957,000 7,957,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.01 % -
 Yadav (Hindu traditions) 7,100 60,232,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.85 % 1
Yamannu 75,000 75,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.68 % 2
  Totals:  173 20,830,000       78   7.58 % 0.00 % 123 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 120,000                
  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 2,582,000 153 68 44.4 % 612,000 23.7 % 3
Eastern 1,567,000 130 51 39.2 % 620,000 39.6 % 3
North Central 1,270,000 88 34 38.6 % 165,000 13.0 % 2
North Western 2,389,000 115 48 41.7 % 391,000 16.4 % 2
Northern 1,093,000 98 38 38.8 % 101,000 9.2 % 5
Sabaragamuwa 1,941,000 133 57 42.9 % 267,000 13.8 % 2
Southern 2,491,000 119 43 36.1 % 98,000 3.9 % 3
Uva 1,278,000 136 56 41.2 % 190,000 14.9 % 2
Western 6,089,000 152 64 42.1 % 814,000 13.4 % 3
Country:   20,830,000 173 78 45.1 % 3,283,000 15.8 % 25

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 286,185,000 1,373.9 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 747,609,000 3,589.1 % 70.7 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.7 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 199,084,000 955.8 % 94.9 % 0.0 % 0.7 % 2.8 % 1.5 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 115,117,000 552.7 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.3 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
20,830,000
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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 Needed
Tamil tam 85 29 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: 23 173 78   14 15 19 19 12
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State Population Hindu Muslim Christian Buddhist Sikh Other % Christian
Adherent
Central 2,582,000 569,000 264,000 95,400 1,653,000 0 230 3.70 %
Eastern 1,567,000 553,000 573,000 83,400 356,000 0 340 5.32 %
North Central 1,270,000 10,400 101,000 14,900 1,143,000 0 70 1.17 %
North Western 2,389,000 45,800 268,000 309,000 1,766,000 0 170 12.92 %
Northern 1,093,000 819,000 33,300 211,000 30,100 0 40 19.30 %
Sabaragamuwa 1,941,000 161,000 88,400 33,700 1,659,000 0 50 1.73 %
Southern 2,491,000 35,500 80,000 18,400 2,357,000 0 90 0.74 %
Uva 1,278,000 177,000 56,500 21,300 1,023,000 0 120 1.67 %
Western 6,089,000 297,000 710,000 784,000 4,294,000 0 4,210 12.88 %
Country:   20,830,000 2,668,000 2,174,000 1,571,000 14,281,000 0 5,300 7.54 %
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Sri Lanka Statistics
People Groups 173
Unreached People Groups 78  (45.1%)
Population 20,830,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.5%
Population in Unreached 3,283,000  (15.8%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 123
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 1,042,000
Persecution Ranking 46 (1=High to 50=Low OD)


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