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Number of People Groups

174

People Groups Unreached

79 (45.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

21,285,000

Population in Unreached

3,427,000 (16.1%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent *

7.6%

% 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 800 308,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Agamudaiyan 18,000 896,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.59 % -
Agamudaiyan Nattaman 8,500 668,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.65 % -
Ahinkuntaya 60,000 60,000 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 16,580,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab 5,100 414,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arain (Muslim traditions) 600 11,628,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Arayan 900 199,000 Malayalam Hinduism 11.33 % -
Badahala 113,000 113,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Baloch 900 8,795,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania 16,000 29,254,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Agarwal 21,000 4,993,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Chetti 6,200 746,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Bania Mahajan 1,300 185,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Mahesri 1,900 362,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Porwal 1,800 326,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Banjara (Hindu traditions) 800 6,089,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Batgama 375,000 375,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.48 % 7
Berava 366,000 366,000 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 6,700 6,700 Sinhala Buddhism 5.05 % -
Bodhivansha 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.02 % -
 Bohra 1,900 1,113,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Boya 16,000 4,022,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.00 % -
 Brahmin 101,000 62,809,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.23 % 2
Brahmin Indian Tamil 31,000 31,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.45 % 1
 Burgher 51,000 51,000 Sinhala Christianity 86.78 % -
 Burmese 600 32,026,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Chakkiliyan (Christian traditions) 4,800 122,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) 27,000 885,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.11 % 1
 Chinese, general 700 15,716,000 Chinese, Mandarin Unknown 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Christian 26,000 1,532,000 Language unknown Christianity 100.00 % -
Couratto 6,900 6,900 Sinhala Buddhism 1.72 % 1
Deaf 107,000 47,601,000 Sri Lankan Sign Language Buddhism 8.38 % -
Demala Gattara 8,000 8,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Dhobi (Hindu traditions) 11,000 12,202,000 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 718,000 718,000 Sinhala Buddhism 8.12 % -
Gahala 11,000 11,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.78 % 1
Gattara 753,000 753,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.74 % -
Gauraykwallu 19,000 19,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.88 % 1
Goanese 2,200 654,000 Konkani Christianity 100.00 % -
 Govigama 553,000 553,000 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 4,593,000 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 331,000 331,000 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 240,000 240,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.70 % -
Hunna 90,000 90,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.49 % -
Idayan 9,200 80,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.72 % -
 Ilavan 73,000 5,841,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.09 % 1
Ilavan Christian 11,000 128,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
Indian Tamil 9,700 9,700 Tamil Hinduism 36.16 % -
 Japanese 2,300 124,082,000 Japanese Buddhism 2.87 % 1
 Jat (Hindu traditions) 1,600 19,198,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jat (Muslim traditions) 1,700 36,270,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Javanese 8,500 18,213,000 Javanese Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kadaiyan 1,000 15,000 Tamil Hinduism 7.45 % -
 Kaikolan 78,000 2,514,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.52 % -
Kallan 17,000 1,290,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.12 % -
 Kapu 1,300 15,184,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Karaiyar 193,000 193,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.81 % -
Karava 1,067,000 1,067,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.40 % -
 Kasar (Hindu traditions) 3,400 660,000 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 209,000 209,000 Tamil Hinduism 17.02 % -
Koviyar 1,100 1,100 Tamil Hinduism 15.77 % -
 Kumhar (Hindu traditions) 6,200 15,859,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.55 % -
Kuravan (Christian traditions) 500 16,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Kuravan (Hindu traditions) 4,000 430,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kustarogiyo 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.31 % -
 Lohar (Hindu traditions) 900 9,673,000 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 10,584,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malay, Javar 51,000 17,309,000 Sri Lankan Creole Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malayali 700 1,419,000 Malayalam Hinduism 11.02 % -
Malayan, caste 1,500 35,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
 Mangala 700 1,895,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mappila 11,000 8,739,000 Malayalam Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Marakkalage 8,700 8,700 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Maravan 99,000 3,290,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.51 % -
Maravar 86,000 86,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.49 % -
Mauritian 3,800 1,080,000 Morisyen Hinduism 45.11 % -
 Memon 2,000 772,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Moghal 1,100 3,084,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Mukkuvan (Hindu traditions) 1,100 154,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.78 % 1
Mukkuvar 41,000 41,000 Tamil Hinduism 18.51 % -
Nadar (Christian traditions) 8,900 1,278,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Nadar (Hindu traditions) 25,000 3,011,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nair 4,000 6,679,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.51 % 1
Nalavar 44,000 44,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
 Namassej (Hindu traditions) 500 7,956,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Navait 17,000 73,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Navandanna 1,148,000 1,148,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.28 % -
 Navithan 21,000 810,000 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) 6,700 467,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Pallan (Hindu traditions) 46,000 2,505,000 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 5,000 238,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.96 % -
Panna 32,000 32,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.38 % -
Pannikki 241,000 241,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.62 % -
Paraiyan (Christian traditions) 16,000 804,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Paraiyan (Hindu traditions) 101,000 2,297,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Paraiyar 70,000 70,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.03 % -
Paravan (Hindu traditions) 1,800 90,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Parsee 700 159,000 Gujarati Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashtun, Pathan 41,000 11,647,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Pidayne Danno 8,800 8,800 Sinhala Buddhism 3.51 % 1
Porowakara 59,000 59,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.08 % -
Primanar 72,000 72,000 Tamil Hinduism 3.07 % 1
 Pulayan 4,500 1,060,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.79 % -
Radava 361,000 361,000 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 45,600,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Rajput (Muslim traditions) 1,500 20,372,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rodiya 18,000 18,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Salagama 309,000 309,000 Sinhala Buddhism 12.16 % -
 Sali, Seriyar 3,300 1,033,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.94 % -
 Samban 1,400 22,000 Tamil Hinduism 8.03 % -
 Sayyid 49,000 17,132,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Semman, Sempadawar 1,100 6,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.25 % -
 Shaikh 200,000 235,324,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
Silpi 3,300 207,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.80 % -
 Sindhi (Muslim traditions) 1,000 293,000 Sindhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sinhalese 183,000 183,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.81 % -
Siviyar 500 500 Tamil Hinduism 16.00 % -
 Sonar (Hindu traditions) 6,200 7,839,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.00 % 1
Sri Lanka Chetti 6,200 6,200 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Sri Lanka Moor 675,000 675,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 14
Sri Lankan Tamil 9,300 9,300 Tamil Hinduism 37.72 % -
 Syrian Christian 700 3,690,000 Malayalam Christianity 100.00 % -
 Tamil (Muslim traditions) 1,130,000 4,315,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 23
Tattar 5,800 5,800 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
 Teli (Hindu traditions) 4,700 19,219,000 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 3,000 119,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.86 % -
Vaniyan 17,000 956,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.77 % -
Vannan (Christian traditions) 3,700 142,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
 Vannan (Hindu traditions) 25,000 893,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Vannar 17,000 17,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.49 % -
 Vanniyan 36,000 12,723,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
Vanniyar 100,000 100,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.46 % -
 Vedda 300 300 Veddah Christianity 50.00 % -
Velakkithalanayan 700 352,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
Vellalan 30,000 2,581,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.47 % -
Vellalar 1,162,000 1,162,000 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 7,200 7,665,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.80 % 1
 Wahumpura 8,129,000 8,129,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.01 % -
 Yadav (Hindu traditions) 7,300 59,829,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.85 % 1
Yamannu 77,000 77,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.68 % 2
  Totals:  174 21,285,000         79 7.57 % 0.00 % 126 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 128,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 21,413,000                
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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 6,195,000 153 65 42.5 % 834,000 13.5 % 3
Country:   21,285,000 174 79 45.4 % 3,427,000 16.1 % 25

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,022,000 1,348.5 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,853,000 3,598.1 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 206,239,000 968.9 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,756,000 539.1 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
21,285,000



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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
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 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 Unspecified
Tamil tam 86 30 Complete Bible
Telugu tel 4 4 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 0 Unspecified
Urdu urd 4 4 Complete Bible
Veddah ved 1 0 Unspecified
Totals: 24 174 79   15 16 20 20 13
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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 0.00 %
Eastern 1,595,000 563,000 583,000 84,700 362,000 0 340 0.00 %
North Central 1,292,000 10,600 103,000 15,200 1,164,000 0 70 0.00 %
North Western 2,431,000 46,600 273,000 314,000 1,798,000 0 170 0.00 %
Northern 1,112,000 834,000 33,800 215,000 30,500 0 40 0.00 %
Sabaragamuwa 1,977,000 164,000 90,000 34,200 1,688,000 0 50 0.00 %
Southern 2,535,000 36,100 81,300 18,600 2,399,000 0 90 0.00 %
Uva 1,299,000 180,000 57,500 21,700 1,040,000 0 120 0.00 %
Western 6,195,000 301,000 723,000 797,000 4,371,000 0 4,260 0.00 %
Country:   21,285,000 2,714,000 2,214,000 1,598,000 14,536,000 0 5,400 7.51 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data. Current values may differ.
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Sri Lanka Statistics
People Groups 174
Unreached People Groups 79  (45.4%)
Population 21,285,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.5%
Population in Unreached 3,427,000  (16.1%)
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent * 7.6%
Percent Evangelical Unknown
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.3%
Pioneer Workers Needed ** 126
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 1,064,000
Persecution Ranking 30 (1=High to 50=Low OD)