Country: Sri Lanka

Number of People Groups

43

People Groups Unreached

36 (83.7%)

Total Population

20,580,000

Population in Unreached

20,181,000 (98.1%)

% Professing Christian

2.0%

% Evangelical

Unknown

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

93 %

10/40 Window

Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
 Adi Dravida 1,343,000 11,573,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.20 %
 Agamudaiyan 175,000 1,060,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Ambalavasi 655,000 800,000 Malayalam Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Americans, U.S. 4,000 188,896,000 English Christianity 87.00 % 26.00 %
 Arab 1,200 829,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Baloch, Eastern 800 7,700,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania 95,000 30,735,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania, Agarwal 20,000 5,043,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Bania, Mahajan 1,300 192,000 Language unknown Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania, Mahesri 1,900 380,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania, Porwal 1,800 342,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Bharathar 1,600 78,000 Malayalam Christianity 82.00 %
 Bohra 1,900 1,156,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Brahmin 88,000 66,445,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 British 4,400 51,653,000 English Christianity 70.00 % 6.00 %
 Burgher 6,100 6,100 Sinhala Christianity 100.00 %
 Burmese 600 31,536,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Sri Lankan Sign Language Buddhism 8.38 % 1.20 %
Divehi, Maldivian 200 1,400 Maldivian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Faqir 1,300 128,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 500 854,496,000 Chinese, Mandarin Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Japanese 4,000 125,003,000 Japanese Buddhism 2.00 %
 Kuravan 1,400 502,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Malay, Javar 66,000 11,637,000 Sri Lankan Creole Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Malayali 26,000 1,248,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mappila 4,700 9,545,000 Malayalam Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Maravan 120,000 3,358,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Mauritian 800 1,079,000 Language unknown Hinduism 37.00 %
 Memon 1,800 709,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Parsee 1,300 165,000 Gujarati Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pashtun, Northern 1,600 44,091,000 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Rodiya 8,300 8,300 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sinhalese 10,681,000 11,080,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Sri Lanka Chetti 5,800 5,800 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sri Lankan Moor 397,000 397,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tamil (Christian traditions) 382,000 433,000 Language unknown Christianity 100.00 %
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 4,636,000 7,259,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tamil (Muslim traditions) 1,223,000 4,360,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Vaddar (Hindu traditions) 149,000 3,851,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Veddah 2,400 2,400 Veddah Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
Vellalan 337,000 2,898,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Viswakarma 125,000 8,346,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Waggai 3,800 3,800 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
  Totals:  43 20,580,000       36   2.00 % 0.00 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 231,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 20,811,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
52.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.0 %)
2.0 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
37.5 %
Islam
8.3 %
Non-Religious
0.0 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Sri Lanka. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Sri Lanka
  • Christian ministry in Sri Lanka
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Sri Lanka Statistics
People Groups 43
Unreached People Groups 36  (83.7%)
Population 20,580,000
Population in Unreached 20,181,000  (98.1%)
Urbanization 18%
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code CE
Official National Language Sinhala
Secondary National Language English
Literacy Rate 93%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,441,000
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 2.0%
Percent Evangelical 0.0%
Country Progress Level 1
Persecution Ranking Not ranked


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