Country: Sri Lanka South Asia PeoplesSouth Asia Peoples website

Number of People Groups

166

People Groups Unreached

70 (42.2%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

20,832,000

Population in Unreached

2,976,000 (14.3%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian **

7.6%

% Evangelical

Unknown

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.3%
(Global Rate = 2.6%)
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 1,248,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Agamudaiyan 18,000 875,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.59 % -
Agamudaiyan Nattaman 8,800 663,000 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 1,100 16,392,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab 5,300 403,000 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 1,000 199,000 Malayalam Hinduism 11.33 % -
Badahala 112,000 112,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Baloch 1,000 7,953,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania 16,000 29,459,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Agarwal 20,000 4,832,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bania Chetti 6,500 807,000 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 1,800 328,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Banjara (Hindu traditions) 800 6,001,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Batgama 388,000 388,000 Sinhala Buddhism 1.48 % 8
Berava 363,000 363,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.56 % -
Bharathar 1,800 75,000 Malayalam Christianity 82.23 % -
Bintanna 6,600 6,600 Sinhala Buddhism 5.05 % -
Bodhivansha 14,000 14,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.02 % -
 Bohra 2,000 1,106,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Boya 17,000 4,017,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.00 % -
 Brahmin 100,000 63,268,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.23 % 2
Brahmin Indian Tamil 32,000 32,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.45 % 1
 Burgher 46,000 46,000 Sinhala Christianity 86.85 % -
 Burmese 600 31,812,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Chakkiliyan 32,000 1,328,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.97 % -
 Chinese, general 700 12,929,000 Language unknown Buddhism 3.81 % 1
 Christian 27,000 1,144,000 Language unknown Christianity 100.00 % -
Couratto 7,100 7,100 Sinhala Buddhism 1.72 % 1
Deaf 105,000 46,464,000 Sri Lankan Sign Language Buddhism 8.38 % -
Demala Gattara 7,400 7,400 Sinhala Buddhism 7.52 % -
 Dhobi (Hindu traditions) 11,000 12,581,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.22 % 1
Divehi 2,000 3,200 Maldivian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Dodda-Weddah 39,000 39,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.50 % -
Durava 612,000 612,000 Sinhala Buddhism 8.12 % -
Gahala 11,000 11,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.78 % 1
Gattara 747,000 747,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.74 % -
Gauraykwallu 19,000 19,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.88 % 1
Goanese 2,300 650,000 Konkani Christianity 100.00 % -
 Govigama 549,000 549,000 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 4,900 4,504,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hakki Pikki 1,300 26,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Handi 1,800 1,800 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Hannali 328,000 328,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.85 % -
Hanomoreyo 5,500 5,500 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 238,000 238,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.70 % -
Hunna 89,000 89,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.49 % -
Idayan 9,400 79,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.72 % -
 Ilavan 80,000 5,939,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.34 % -
Indian Tamil 9,800 9,800 Tamil Hinduism 36.16 % -
 Japanese 2,300 124,687,000 Japanese Buddhism 2.87 % 1
 Jat (Hindu traditions) 1,600 19,213,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jat (Muslim traditions) 1,800 33,208,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Javanese 8,600 17,777,000 Javanese Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kadaiyar 1,000 18,000 Tamil Hinduism 7.45 % -
 Kaikolan 80,000 2,497,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.52 % -
Kallan 18,000 1,280,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.12 % -
 Kapu 1,400 15,154,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Karaiyar 189,000 189,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.81 % -
Karava 1,063,000 1,063,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.40 % -
 Kasar (Hindu traditions) 3,500 726,000 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 2,000 2,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Koviar 201,000 201,000 Tamil Hinduism 17.02 % -
Koviyar 1,000 1,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.77 % -
 Kumhar (Hindu traditions) 6,400 15,721,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.55 % -
 Kuravan 4,600 490,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.80 % -
Kustarogiyo 15,000 15,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.31 % -
 Lohar (Hindu traditions) 900 9,640,000 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 10,330,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malay, Javar 44,000 11,623,000 Sri Lankan Creole Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malayali 800 1,389,000 Malayalam Hinduism 11.02 % -
Malayan, tribal 1,600 42,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
 Mangala 700 1,865,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mappila 11,000 9,172,000 Malayalam Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Marakkalage 8,900 8,900 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Maravan 101,000 3,231,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.56 % -
Maravar 84,000 84,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.49 % -
Mauritian 3,800 1,074,000 Morisyen Hinduism 45.11 % -
 Memon 2,100 699,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Moghal 1,200 2,987,000 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 35,000 4,281,000 Tamil Hinduism 25.93 % -
 Nair 4,100 6,667,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.51 % 1
Nalavar 43,000 43,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
 Namassej 600 8,412,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Navait 17,000 73,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Navandanna 1,141,000 1,141,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.28 % -
Navithan 22,000 808,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.76 % -
Oli 29,000 29,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.20 % -
Osta [Nasuva] 8,300 8,300 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Palla 30,000 30,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.91 % -
 Pallan 53,000 3,369,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.87 % -
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 5,100 247,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.96 % -
Panna 30,000 30,000 Tamil Hinduism 16.38 % -
Pannikki 239,000 239,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.62 % -
 Paraiyan 119,000 3,211,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.46 % -
Paraiyar 69,000 69,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.03 % -
Paravan 2,000 130,000 Tamil Hinduism 8.42 % -
 Parsee 700 162,000 Gujarati Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashtun, Northern 42,000 40,486,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Pidayne Danno 8,700 8,700 Sinhala Buddhism 3.51 % 1
Porowakara 48,000 48,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.08 % -
Primanar 70,000 70,000 Tamil Hinduism 3.07 % 1
Pulayan 4,700 1,422,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.79 % -
Radava 357,000 357,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.36 % -
Radayo 1,800 1,800 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rajaka 147,000 147,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.03 % -
 Rajput (Hindu traditions) 2,200 45,558,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Rajput (Muslim traditions) 1,500 19,980,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rodiya 18,000 18,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Salagama 294,000 294,000 Sinhala Buddhism 12.16 % -
Sali, Seriyar 3,400 1,304,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.94 % -
 Samban 1,500 53,000 Tamil Hinduism 8.03 % -
 Sayyid 50,000 15,638,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Semman, Sempadawar 1,200 6,100 Tamil Hinduism 6.25 % -
 Shaikh 204,000 236,190,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
Silpi 3,400 203,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.80 % -
 Sindhi (Muslim traditions) 1,000 309,000 Sindhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sinhalese 165,000 165,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.81 % -
Siviyar 500 500 Tamil Hinduism 16.00 % -
 Sonar (Hindu traditions) 6,400 7,775,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.00 % 1
Sri Lanka Chetti 6,500 6,500 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Sri Lanka Moor 489,000 489,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 10
Sri Lankan Tamil 8,800 8,800 Tamil Hinduism 37.72 % -
 Syrian Christian 700 3,712,000 Malayalam Christianity 100.00 % -
 Tamil (Muslim traditions) 1,151,000 4,311,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 23
Tattar 5,400 5,400 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
 Teli (Hindu traditions) 4,800 19,074,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.93 % -
Thacher 3,100 3,100 Tamil Hinduism 9.83 % -
Thanakavar 2,500 2,500 Tamil Hinduism 9.53 % -
Thimilar 20,000 20,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.42 % -
Thurumber 700 700 Tamil Hinduism 13.98 % -
Tondagattan 1,500 1,500 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Valluvan 3,100 134,000 Tamil Hinduism 9.86 % -
Vaniyan 17,000 948,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.77 % -
 Vannan 30,000 1,033,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.58 % -
Vannar 16,000 16,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.49 % -
 Vanniyan 37,000 12,587,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.06 % -
Vanniyar 97,000 97,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.46 % -
 Vedda 300 300 Veddah Christianity 50.00 % -
Velakkithalanayan 700 352,000 Malayalam Hinduism 12.08 % -
Vellalan 31,000 2,564,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.47 % -
Vellalar 1,144,000 1,144,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.80 % -
Vellidura 1,300 1,300 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Vettar 3,100 3,100 Tamil Hinduism 8.86 % -
 Viswakarma 7,300 7,679,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.80 % 1
 Wahumpura 8,048,000 8,048,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.01 % -
 Yadav (Hindu traditions) 7,500 59,972,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.85 % 1
Yamannu 80,000 80,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.68 % 2
  Totals:  166 20,832,000       70   7.60 % 0.00 % 113 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 118,000                
  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 2,734,000 146 60 41.1 % 505,000 18.5 % 3
Eastern 1,659,000 125 46 36.8 % 652,000 39.3 % 3
North Central 1,345,000 85 29 34.1 % 174,000 12.9 % 2
North Western 2,530,000 109 42 38.5 % 412,000 16.3 % 2
Northern 1,034,000 93 33 35.5 % 95,000 9.2 % 4
Sabaragamuwa 2,055,000 126 49 38.9 % 259,000 12.6 % 2
Southern 1,770,000 109 37 33.9 % 68,000 3.8 % 2
Uva 1,352,000 130 49 37.7 % 161,000 11.9 % 2
Western 6,221,000 145 56 38.6 % 623,000 10.0 % 3
Country:   20,832,000 166 70 42.2 % 2,976,000 14.3 % 23
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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 7 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
Sri Lankan Sign Language sqs 1 0
Tamil tam 77 21 Complete Bible
Telugu tel 4 4 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 2 1
Urdu urd 4 4 Complete Bible
Veddah ved 1 0
Totals: 23 166 70   14 15 19 19 12
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State Population Hindu Muslim Christian Buddhist Sikh Other % Christian
Adherent
Central 2,734,000 602,000 279,000 101,000 1,749,000 0 230 3.70 %
Eastern 1,659,000 586,000 607,000 88,400 377,000 0 370 5.33 %
North Central 1,345,000 11,100 107,000 15,800 1,211,000 0 70 1.17 %
North Western 2,530,000 48,600 285,000 327,000 1,870,000 0 190 12.91 %
Northern 1,034,000 765,000 34,500 204,000 30,600 0 40 19.70 %
Sabaragamuwa 2,055,000 170,000 93,600 35,600 1,756,000 0 50 1.73 %
Southern 1,770,000 18,500 57,500 13,400 1,681,000 0 70 0.76 %
Uva 1,352,000 188,000 59,700 22,600 1,082,000 0 140 1.67 %
Western 6,221,000 313,000 534,000 822,000 4,549,000 0 2,330 13.21 %
Country:   20,832,000 2,702,000 2,057,000 1,630,000 14,306,000 0 3,500 7.82 %
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Sri Lanka Statistics
People Groups 166
Unreached People Groups 70  (42.2%)
Population 20,832,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.5%
Population in Unreached 2,976,000  (14.3%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 113
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 7.6%
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 1,042,000
Persecution Ranking 44 (1=High to 50=Low OD)


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