Country: Ethiopia

Number of People Groups

113

People Groups Unreached

33 (29.2%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

104,185,000

Population in Unreached

21,360,000 (20.5%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

60.3%

% Evangelical

17.21%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.3%
(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
 Aari 426,000 426,000 Aari Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 %
 Afar 1,876,000 2,791,000 Afar Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Americans, U.S. 1,600 190,299,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 %
 Amhara 29,211,000 29,630,000 Amharic Christianity 84.50 % 1.10 %
Anfillo 5,100 5,100 Anfillo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 %
 Anuak, Yambo 131,000 235,000 Anuak Christianity 84.00 % 59.50 %
 Arab 1,500 387,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 1.00 %
 Arab, Sudanese 15,000 19,397,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 %
 Arab, Yemeni 4,400 7,584,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arbore 11,000 11,000 Arbore Ethnic Religions 1.30 % 1.30 %
 Argobba 207,000 207,000 Argobba Islam 4.60 % 1.50 %
 Armenian 500 6,289,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 %
 Awi 935,000 935,000 Awngi Christianity 99.50 % 0.20 %
Baiso 8,100 8,100 Baiso Christianity 88.00 % 63.00 %
 Basketo 115,000 115,000 Basketo Christianity 94.00 % 62.00 %
Begi-Mao 30,000 30,000 Hozo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 %
 Bench 518,000 518,000 Bench Christianity 73.00 % 65.70 %
 Berta, Benishangul 307,000 538,000 Berta Islam 2.00 % 1.50 %
Birale 100 100 Ongota Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.00 %
 British 1,500 51,406,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
 Burji 105,000 133,000 Burji Christianity 72.00 % 38.00 %
Bussa, Dobase 29,000 29,000 Bussa Christianity 95.00 % 51.50 %
Chara 19,000 19,000 Chara Ethnic Religions 1.90 % 1.90 %
 Chinese, general 30,000 8,903,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 %
 Daasanach 71,000 92,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 %
Daats'iin 300 300 Daats'iin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Dawuro 791,000 791,000 Dawro Christianity 92.00 % 53.00 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Ethiopian Sign Language Christianity 65.00 % 19.70 %
Dime 1,300 1,300 Dime Christianity 87.00 % 33.70 %
 Dizi 51,000 51,000 Dizin Christianity 72.00 % 14.50 %
 Dorze 56,000 56,000 Dorze Christianity 86.00 % 1.00 %
 French 700 49,762,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 0.60 %
 Gamo 1,623,000 1,623,000 Gamo Christianity 85.00 % 49.00 %
 Ganza 500 4,000 Ganza Ethnic Religions 2.60 % 2.50 %
 Garre 11,000 917,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Gawwada 101,000 101,000 Ale Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 5.00 %
Gayil 75,000 75,000 Gayil Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 %
 Gedeo 1,433,000 1,433,000 Gedeo Christianity 85.00 % 78.00 %
 Gidole 60,000 60,000 Dirasha Christianity 82.00 % 50.70 %
Gofa 532,000 532,000 Gofa Christianity 88.00 % 61.00 %
 Greek 700 10,656,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani 2,600 2,266,000 Gujarati Hinduism 2.00 % 2.00 %
 Gumuz 267,000 360,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 20.00 %
Gurage, Innemor 296,000 296,000 Inor Christianity 44.00 % 5.80 %
 Gurage, Sebat Bet 1,572,000 1,572,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 64.00 % 8.30 %
 Gurage, Soddo 507,000 507,000 Kistane Christianity 90.00 % 7.00 %
Hadiyya 1,865,000 1,865,000 Hadiyya Christianity 89.00 % 75.80 %
 Halaba 342,000 342,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 2.60 % 1.50 %
 Hamer-Banna 108,000 108,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 0.60 %
 Hamir, Xamir 394,000 394,000 Xamtanga Christianity 98.00 % 1.00 %
 Harari, Adere 47,000 47,000 Harari Islam 0.30 % 0.01 %
 Irob, Saho 49,000 345,000 Saho Christianity 86.00 % 0.60 %
 Italian 700 37,691,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 %
 Jew, Ethiopian 3,400 77,000 Amharic Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 3.30 %
 Kachama, Haruro 3,800 3,800 Kachama-Ganjule Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 11.60 %
 Kacipo-Balesi 5,100 11,000 Kacipo-Balesi Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 %
 Kafa, Kafecho 1,271,000 1,271,000 Kafa Christianity 90.00 % 23.70 %
 Kambata 922,000 922,000 Kambaata Christianity 93.00 % 80.00 %
 Karo, Kerre 2,200 2,200 Karo Ethnic Religions 4.30 % 0.70 %
 Kebena 77,000 77,000 Kambaata Islam 3.00 % 1.00 %
 Kemant, Qimant 232,000 232,000 Amharic Christianity 90.00 % 0.10 %
 Kewama 22,000 22,000 Kwama Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 0.70 %
Koma 13,000 26,000 Komo Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 10.70 %
 Konso 368,000 370,000 Konso Christianity 61.00 % 48.80 %
 Koore 231,000 231,000 Koorete Christianity 94.00 % 86.00 %
 Kunama 7,100 321,000 Kunama Christianity 85.00 % 5.60 %
Kunfal 3,100 3,100 Awngi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 1.00 %
Kwegu 900 900 Kwegu Christianity 58.00 % 44.00 %
 Majangir 48,000 48,000 Majang Christianity 94.00 % 73.40 %
 Male 144,000 144,000 Male Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 19.50 %
 Mao, Northern 23,000 23,000 Ma'we's Aas'e' Islam 4.80 % 2.60 %
 Marako 94,000 94,000 Libido Islam 29.00 % 12.30 %
Me'en, Mekan 221,000 224,000 Me'en Christianity 56.00 % 53.30 %
Melo 43,000 43,000 Melo Christianity 65.00 % 38.00 %
 Mesqan 213,000 213,000 Mesqan Islam 36.00 % 4.40 %
 Murle 2,100 154,000 Murle Christianity 67.00 % 18.00 %
 Mursi 11,000 11,000 Mursi Ethnic Religions 11.00 % 5.30 %
Nao 14,000 14,000 Nayi Christianity 60.00 % 0.90 %
 Nuer, Naath 217,000 2,353,000 Nuer Christianity 93.00 % 88.00 %
 Nyangatom 37,000 52,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 9.00 %
 Opuuo, Shita 2,300 6,400 T'apo Christianity 60.00 % 46.00 %
 Oromo, Arsi 5,816,000 5,819,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 7.00 % 3.40 %
 Oromo, Borana 1,256,000 1,447,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 %
 Oromo, Gujji 1,605,000 1,605,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Christianity 58.00 % 49.00 %
 Oromo, Hararghe 5,820,000 5,820,000 Oromo, Eastern Islam 0.50 % 0.01 %
 Oromo, Jimma 3,283,000 3,283,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 2.00 % 1.20 %
 Oromo, Karrayu 309,000 309,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 1.00 % 0.05 %
Oromo, Macha 6,984,000 7,086,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 65.00 % 39.00 %
 Oromo, Tulama 7,678,000 7,732,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 76.00 % 13.30 %
Oromo, Wallo 338,000 338,000 Amharic Islam 2.90 % 0.40 %
 Oromo, Yajju 106,000 106,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 1.30 % 0.20 %
Oyda 66,000 66,000 Oyda Christianity 74.00 % 60.00 %
 Russian 700 134,082,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 %
Seze 5,600 5,600 Sezo Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 0.40 %
 Shabo 900 900 Shabo Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 %
Shekkacho, Mocha 114,000 114,000 Shekkacho Christianity 90.00 % 64.00 %
Sheko 55,000 55,000 Sheko Christianity 80.00 % 69.00 %
 Shinasha 92,000 92,000 Borna Christianity 99.00 % 10.60 %
 Sidama 4,338,000 4,338,000 Sidamo Christianity 91.00 % 86.00 %
 Silti 1,374,000 1,374,000 Silt'e Islam 2.00 % 0.50 %
 Somali 6,740,000 20,079,000 Somali Islam 0.14 % 0.03 %
 Surma, Suri 41,000 41,000 Suri Ethnic Religions 0.60 % 0.40 %
 Tigrai, Tigrinya 6,593,000 8,885,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 0.30 %
Timbaro 145,000 145,000 Kambaata Christianity 95.00 % 76.50 %
 Toposa 15,000 310,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tsamai 29,000 29,000 Tsamai Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 %
 Turkana 41,000 1,213,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.70 %
Weyto 2,400 2,400 Amharic Islam 4.40 % 1.20 %
 Wolaita 2,463,000 2,463,000 Wolaytta Christianity 98.00 % 71.00 %
Wolane 128,000 128,000 Wolane Islam 3.40 % 0.10 %
Yemma 235,000 235,000 Yemsa Christianity 58.00 % 8.64 %
 Zay 7,200 7,200 Zay Christianity 80.00 % 0.50 %
 Zayse, Zergulla 26,000 26,000 Zaysete Ethnic Religions 1.90 % 1.60 %
  Totals:  113 104,185,000       33   60.28 % 17.21 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 160,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 104,345,000              
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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
Aari aiw 1 0 New Testament
Afar aar 1 1 Complete Bible
Alaba-K'abeena alw 1 1
Ale gwd 1 0
Amharic amh 5 2 Complete Bible
Anfillo myo 1 0
Anuak anu 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1
Arbore arv 1 1
Argobba agj 1 1
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Awngi awn 2 0 Bible Portions
Baiso bsw 1 0
Basketo bst 1 0 New Testament
Bench bcq 1 0 New Testament
Berta wti 1 1
Borna bwo 1 0
Burji bji 1 0 New Testament
Bussa dox 1 0
Chara cra 1 1
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Daasanach dsh 1 1 New Testament
Daats'iin dtn 1 1
Dawro dwr 1 0 New Testament
Dime dim 1 0
Dirasha gdl 1 0 Bible Portions
Dizin mdx 1 0 Bible Portions
Dorze doz 1 0
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
Ethiopian Sign Language eth 1 0 Bible Portions
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gamo gmv 1 0 New Testament
Ganza gza 1 0
Gayil gyl 1 0
Gedeo drs 1 0 New Testament
Gofa gof 1 0 New Testament
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Gumuz guk 1 0 New Testament
Hadiyya hdy 1 0 New Testament
Hamer-Banna amf 1 1
Harari har 1 1
Hozo hoz 1 0
Inor ior 1 0
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kachama-Ganjule kcx 1 0
Kacipo-Balesi koe 1 1
Kafa kbr 1 0 New Testament
Kambaata ktb 3 1 New Testament
Karo kxh 1 1
Kistane gru 1 0
Komo xom 1 0 Bible Portions
Konso kxc 1 0 Complete Bible
Koorete kqy 1 0 New Testament
Kunama kun 1 0 Complete Bible
Kwama kmq 1 0
Kwegu xwg 1 0
Libido liq 1 0
Ma'we's Aas'e' myf 1 0
Majang mpe 1 0 Bible Portions
Male mdy 1 0 Complete Bible
Me'en mym 1 0 Bible Portions
Melo mfx 1 0
Mesqan mvz 1 0
Murle mur 1 0 New Testament
Mursi muz 1 0
Nayi noz 1 0
Nuer nus 1 0 Complete Bible
Nyangatom nnj 1 0
Ongota bxe 1 1
Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji gax 5 2 Complete Bible
Oromo, Eastern hae 1 1 Complete Bible
Oromo, West Central gaz 4 2 Complete Bible
Oyda oyd 1 0
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Saho ssy 1 0 Bible Portions
Sebat Bet Gurage sgw 1 0 Complete Bible
Sezo sze 1 0
Shabo sbf 1 1
Shekkacho moy 1 0 Bible Portions
Sheko she 1 0
Sidamo sid 1 0 Complete Bible
Silt'e stv 1 1 Bible Portions
Somali som 1 1 Complete Bible
Suri suq 1 1 Bible Portions
T'apo lgn 1 0
Tigrigna tir 1 0 Complete Bible
Toposa toq 1 1 Bible Portions
Tsamai tsb 1 1
Turkana tuv 1 1 Complete Bible
Wolane wle 1 1
Wolaytta wal 1 0 Complete Bible
Xamtanga xan 1 0
Yemsa jnj 1 0 Bible Portions
Zay zwa 1 0
Zaysete zay 1 1 Bible Portions
Totals: 98 113 33   12 36 56 82 13

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.2 %)
60.3 %
Ethnic Religions
5.5 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
33.9 %
Non-Religious
0.3 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
3.6 %
Orthodox
66.6 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
27.7 %
Roman Catholic
2.2 %
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.

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Ethiopia Statistics
People Groups 113
Unreached People Groups 33  (29.2%)
Population 104,185,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 21,360,000  (20.5%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 448 to 504
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 60.3%
Percent Evangelical 17.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.3%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 19%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code ET
National Bible Society Website
Official National Language Amharic
Literacy Rate 39%
Estimated Illiterate Population 63,553,000
Persecution Ranking 22 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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