Country: Eritrea

Number of People Groups

18

People Groups Unreached

10 (55.6%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

5,420,000

Population in Unreached

2,461,000 (45.4%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

42.7%

% Evangelical

2.03%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.6%
(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 *
 Afar 615,000 2,791,000 Afar Islam 0.20 % 0.00 % 12 
 Amhara 32,000 29,630,000 Amharic Christianity 60.00 % 1.10 % -
 Arab, Hadrami 95,000 600,000 Arabic, Hadrami Spoken Islam 0.01 % 0.00 %
 Arab, Palestinian 38,000 11,919,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 0.04 % -
 Arab, Sudanese 93,000 19,397,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.10 %
 Arab, Yemeni 102,000 7,584,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.05 % 0.00 %
 Beja, Hedareb 244,000 3,652,000 Bedawiyet Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bilen 140,000 140,000 Bilen Islam 31.00 % 1.00 % -
Dahalik 2,800 2,800 Dahalik Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Language unknown Islam 47.00 % 2.10 % -
 Irob, Saho 296,000 345,000 Saho Islam 30.00 % 0.25 % -
 Italian 2,500 37,690,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kunama 289,000 321,000 Kunama Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 10.00 % -
 Nara, Nialetic 126,000 126,000 Nara Islam 4.50 % 1.80 %
 Rashaida 37,000 156,000 Arabic, Hijazi Spoken Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Somali 4,500 20,079,000 Somali Islam 0.33 % 0.00 %
 Tigrai, Tigrinya 2,161,000 8,885,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 3.50 % -
 Tigre, Eritrean 1,143,000 1,218,000 Tigre Islam 0.09 % 0.05 % 22 
  Totals:  18 5,420,000       10   42.73 % 2.03 % 47 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 62,000                
  UN Country Population (2017) 5,482,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   5,420,000 18 10 55.6 % 2,461,000 45.4 % 0
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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
Afar aar 1 1 Complete Bible
Amharic amh 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Hadrami Spoken ayh 1 1
Arabic, Hijazi Spoken acw 1 1
Arabic, South Levantine Spoken ajp 1 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1
Bedawiyet bej 1 1 Bible Portions
Bilen byn 1 0 Bible Portions
Dahalik dlk 1 1
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kunama kun 1 0 Complete Bible
Nara nrb 1 1
Saho ssy 1 0 Bible Portions
Somali som 1 1 Complete Bible
Tigre tig 1 1 Complete Bible
Tigrigna tir 1 0 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 0
Totals: 18 18 10   3 5 11 14 4

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.0 %)
42.7 %
Ethnic Religions
2.3 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
53.1 %
Non-Religious
1.9 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
9.8 %
Orthodox
79.2 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
1.2 %
Roman Catholic
9.7 %
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

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Eritrea Statistics
People Groups 18
Unreached People Groups 10  (55.6%)
Population 5,420,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 2,461,000  (45.4%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 47
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 42.7%
Percent Evangelical 2.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.6%
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 22%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code ER
Official Language(s) TigrignaEnglish
Literacy Rate 74%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,409,000
Persecution Ranking 10 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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