Country: Sri Lanka South Asia PeoplesSouth Asia Peoples website

Number of People Groups

149

People Groups Unreached

64 (43.0%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

21,793,000

Population in Unreached

3,205,000 (14.7%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent *

7.67%

% Evangelical

Unknown

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.3%
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.
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 *
 Paraiyan (Hindu traditions) 106,000 2,738,000 Tamil Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Paraiyar 73,000 73,000 Tamil Hinduism 15.03 % -
 Paravan (Hindu traditions) 1,900 107,000 Tamil Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashtun, Pathan 43,000 9,418,000 Tamil Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Pidayne Danno 9,100 9,100 Sinhala Buddhism 3.51 % 1
Porowakara 61,000 61,000 Sinhala Buddhism 5.08 % -
 Primanar 75,000 75,000 Tamil Hinduism 3.07 % 1
 Pulayan 4,700 1,116,000 Tamil Hinduism 11.79 % -
Radava 376,000 376,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.36 % -
Radayo 1,800 1,800 Sinhala Buddhism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rajaka 154,000 154,000 Sinhala Buddhism 7.03 % -
 Rajput (Hindu traditions) 2,300 28,024,000 Hindi Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Rajput (Muslim traditions) 1,500 7,346,000 Punjabi, Western Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Rodiya 18,000 18,000 Sinhala Buddhism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Salagama 322,000 322,000 Sinhala Buddhism 12.16 % -
 Sali, Seriyar 3,500 1,263,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.94 % -
 Samban 1,500 27,000 Tamil Hinduism 8.03 % -
 Sayyid 51,000 18,156,000 Tamil Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Semman 1,200 7,100 Tamil Hinduism 6.25 % -
 Shaikh 208,000 221,413,000 Tamil Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
Silpi 3,500 250,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.80 % -
 Sindhi (Muslim traditions) 1,000 195,000 Sindhi Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Sinhalese 190,000 190,000 Sinhala Buddhism 6.81 % -
 Sonar (Hindu traditions) 6,400 8,521,000 Tamil Hinduism 1.00 % 1
Sri Lanka Chetti 6,500 6,500 Tamil Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
  Totals:  149 21,793,000         64 7.67 % 0.00 % 108 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 156,000                
  UN Country Population (2024) 21,949,000                
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Province Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Central 2,737,000 139 60 43.2 % 683,000 25.0 % 3
Eastern 1,658,000 119 44 37.0 % 656,000 39.6 % 3
North Central 1,349,000 88 35 39.8 % 175,000 13.0 % 2
North Western 2,537,000 111 45 40.5 % 415,000 16.4 % 2
Northern 1,157,000 91 36 39.6 % 105,000 9.1 % 5
Sabaragamuwa 2,061,000 130 56 43.1 % 291,000 14.1 % 2
Southern 2,644,000 120 44 36.7 % 106,000 4.0 % 3
Uva 1,360,000 126 52 41.3 % 225,000 16.5 % 2
Western 6,237,000 138 55 39.9 % 646,000 10.4 % 3
Country:   21,793,000 149 64 43.0 % 3,205,000 14.7 % 25
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
YouVersion
Bible
Resources
Faith Comes
By Hearing
Bible Resources
Jesus Film
Online
Global
Recordings
Resources
Gospel
Tract
Online
Arabic, Mesopotamian acm 1 1 New Testament
Gujarati guj 2 2 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete Bible
Japanese jpn 1 1 Complete Bible
Javanese jav 1 1 Complete Bible
Konkani knn 1 0 Complete Bible
Malayalam mal 2 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 2 2 New Testament
Sindhi snd 1 1 Complete Bible
Sinhala sin 45 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 3 3 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 0 Unspecified
Urdu urd 2 2 Complete Bible
Totals: 19 149 64   14 15 16 16 13
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  • Church planting agencies in Sri Lanka
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  • Relief and development agencies
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Sri Lanka Statistics
People Groups 149
Unreached People Groups 64  (43.0%)
Population 21,793,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.5%
Population in Unreached 3,205,000  (14.7%)
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 7.7%
Percent Evangelical Unknown
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.3%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 108
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 1,090,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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