Country: Ethiopia

Number of People Groups

113

People Groups Unreached

33 (29.2%)

Total Population

101,292,000

Population in Unreached

21,060,000 (20.8%)

% Professing Christian

60.1%

% Evangelical

17.35 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

39 %

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
 Aari 420,000 420,000 Aari Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 %
 Afar 1,850,000 2,746,000 Afar Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Americans, U.S. 1,600 188,892,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 %
 Amhara 28,801,000 29,212,000 Amharic Christianity 84.50 % 1.10 %
Anfillo 5,000 5,000 Anfillo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 %
 Anuak, Yambo 129,000 231,000 Anuak Christianity 84.00 % 59.50 %
 Arab 1,400 829,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 1.00 %
 Arab, Sudanese 15,000 19,065,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 %
 Arab, Yemeni 4,300 7,413,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arbore, Erbore 11,000 11,000 Arbore Ethnic Religions 1.30 % 1.30 %
 Argobba 204,000 204,000 Argobba Islam 4.60 % 1.50 %
 Armenian 500 6,319,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 %
 Awi 922,000 922,000 Awngi Christianity 99.50 % 0.20 %
Baiso 8,000 8,000 Baiso Christianity 88.00 % 63.00 %
 Basketo 113,000 113,000 Basketo Christianity 94.00 % 62.00 %
Begi-Mao 30,000 30,000 Hozo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 %
 Bench 510,000 510,000 Bench Christianity 73.00 % 65.70 %
 Berta, Benishangul 302,000 528,000 Berta Islam 2.00 % 1.50 %
Birale 100 100 Ongota Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.00 %
 British 1,500 51,577,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
 Burji 104,000 131,000 Burji Christianity 72.00 % 38.00 %
Bussa, Dobase 28,000 28,000 Bussa Christianity 95.00 % 51.50 %
Chara 19,000 19,000 Chara Ethnic Religions 1.90 % 1.90 %
 Chinese, general 30,000 8,834,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 %
 Daasanach 70,000 90,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 %
Daats'iin 300 300 Daats'iin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Dawuro 779,000 779,000 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 50,000 50,000 Dizin Christianity 72.00 % 14.50 %
 Dorze 55,000 55,000 Dorze Christianity 86.00 % 1.00 %
 French 700 49,454,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 0.60 %
 Gamo 1,600,000 1,600,000 Gamo Christianity 85.00 % 49.00 %
 Ganza 500 4,000 Ganza Ethnic Religions 2.60 % 2.50 %
 Garre 11,000 894,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Gawwada 99,000 99,000 Gawwada Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 5.00 %
Gayil 74,000 74,000 Gayil Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 %
 Gedeo 1,413,000 1,413,000 Gedeo Christianity 85.00 % 78.00 %
 Gidole 60,000 60,000 Dirasha Christianity 82.00 % 50.70 %
Gofa 525,000 525,000 Gofa Christianity 88.00 % 61.00 %
 Greek 700 10,797,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani 2,600 1,713,000 Gujarati Hinduism 2.00 % 2.00 %
 Gumuz 263,000 354,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 20.00 %
Gurage, Innemor 292,000 292,000 Inor Christianity 44.00 % 5.80 %
 Gurage, Sebat Bet 437,000 437,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 64.00 % 8.30 %
 Gurage, Soddo 181,000 181,000 Kistane Christianity 90.00 % 7.00 %
Hadiyya 1,839,000 1,839,000 Hadiyya Christianity 89.00 % 75.80 %
 Halaba 337,000 337,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 2.60 % 1.50 %
 Hamer-Banna 107,000 107,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 0.60 %
 Hamir, Xamir 389,000 389,000 Xamtanga Christianity 98.00 % 1.00 %
 Harari, Adere 46,000 46,000 Harari Islam 0.30 % 0.01 %
 Irob, Saho 48,000 337,000 Saho Christianity 86.00 % 0.60 %
 Italian 700 36,971,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 %
 Jew, Ethiopian, Falasha 3,300 76,000 Amharic Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 3.30 %
 Kachama, Haruro 3,700 3,700 Kachama-Ganjule Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 11.60 %
 Kafa, Kafecho 1,253,000 1,253,000 Kafa Christianity 90.00 % 23.70 %
 Kambata 909,000 909,000 Kambaata Christianity 93.00 % 80.00 %
 Karo, Kerre 2,200 2,200 Karo Ethnic Religions 4.30 % 0.70 %
 Kebena 76,000 76,000 Kambaata Islam 3.00 % 1.00 %
 Kemant, Qimant 229,000 229,000 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 363,000 365,000 Konso Christianity 61.00 % 48.80 %
 Koore 227,000 227,000 Koorete Christianity 94.00 % 86.00 %
 Kunama 7,000 314,000 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 142,000 142,000 Male Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 19.50 %
 Mao, Northern 22,000 22,000 Bambassi Islam 4.80 % 2.60 %
 Marako 93,000 93,000 Libido Islam 29.00 % 12.30 %
Me'en, Mekan 218,000 221,000 Me'en Christianity 56.00 % 53.30 %
Melo 42,000 42,000 Melo Christianity 65.00 % 38.00 %
 Mesqan 210,000 210,000 Mesqan Islam 36.00 % 4.40 %
 Murle 2,100 150,000 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 214,000 2,291,000 Nuer Christianity 93.00 % 88.00 %
 Nyangatom 37,000 52,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.40 %
 Opuuo, Shita 2,300 6,300 Opuuo Christianity 60.00 % 46.00 %
 Oromo, Arsi 5,735,000 5,738,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 7.00 % 3.40 %
 Oromo, Borana 1,238,000 1,425,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 %
 Oromo, Gujji 1,582,000 1,582,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Christianity 58.00 % 49.00 %
 Oromo, Hararghe 5,739,000 5,739,000 Oromo, Eastern Islam 0.50 % 0.01 %
 Oromo, Jimma 3,237,000 3,244,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 2.00 % 1.20 %
 Oromo, Karrayu 304,000 304,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 1.00 % 0.05 %
Oromo, Macha 6,886,000 6,985,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 65.00 % 39.00 %
 Oromo, Tulama 7,570,000 7,574,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 76.00 % 13.30 %
Oromo, Wallo 333,000 333,000 Amharic Islam 2.90 % 0.40 %
 Oromo, Yajju 104,000 104,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 1.30 % 0.20 %
Oyda 65,000 65,000 Oyda Christianity 74.00 % 60.00 %
 Russian 700 134,005,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 %
Seze 5,500 5,500 Seze Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 0.40 %
 Shabo 900 900 Shabo Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 %
Shekkacho, Mocha 112,000 112,000 Shekkacho Christianity 90.00 % 64.00 %
Sheko 54,000 54,000 Sheko Christianity 80.00 % 69.00 %
 Shinasha 90,000 90,000 Borna Christianity 99.00 % 10.60 %
 Sidama 4,277,000 4,277,000 Sidamo Christianity 91.00 % 86.00 %
 Silti 1,355,000 1,355,000 Silt'e Islam 2.00 % 0.50 %
 Somali 6,646,000 19,649,000 Somali Islam 0.14 % 0.03 %
 Suri, Kacipo-Balesi 5,000 11,000 Kacipo-Balesi Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 %
 Surma, Suri 40,000 40,000 Suri Ethnic Religions 0.60 % 0.40 %
 Taposa 14,000 297,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tigrai, Tigrinya 6,500,000 8,739,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 0.30 %
Timbaro 143,000 143,000 Kambaata Christianity 95.00 % 76.50 %
 Tsamai 29,000 29,000 Tsamai Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 %
 Turkana 41,000 1,184,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.70 %
Weyto 2,400 2,400 Amharic Islam 4.40 % 1.20 %
 Wolaita 2,428,000 2,428,000 Wolaytta Christianity 98.00 % 71.00 %
Wolane 126,000 126,000 Wolane Islam 3.40 % 0.10 %
Yemma 232,000 232,000 Yemsa Christianity 58.00 % 8.64 %
 Zay 7,100 7,100 Zay Christianity 80.00 % 0.50 %
 Zayse, Zergulla 26,000 26,000 Zaysete Ethnic Religions 1.90 % 1.60 %
  Totals:  113 101,292,000       33   60.14 % 17.35 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 561,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 101,853,000              
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Bible
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Aari aiw 1 0 NT
Afar aar 1 1 NT
Alaba-K'abeena alw 1 1
Amharic amh 5 2 Complete
Anfillo myo 1 0
Anuak anu 1 0 Complete
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 NT
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1
Arbore arv 1 1
Argobba agj 1 1
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete
Awngi awn 2 0 Portions
Baiso bsw 1 0
Bambassi myf 1 0
Basketo bst 1 0 NT
Bench bcq 1 0 NT
Berta wti 1 1
Borna bwo 1 0
Burji bji 1 0 NT
Bussa dox 1 0
Chara cra 1 1
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete
Daasanach dsh 1 1 NT
Daats'iin dtn 1 1
Dawro dwr 1 0 NT
Dime dim 1 0
Dirasha gdl 1 0
Dizin mdx 1 0 Portions
Dorze doz 1 0
English eng 2 0 Complete
Ethiopian Sign Language eth 1 0
French fra 1 0 Complete
Gamo gmv 1 0 NT
Ganza gza 1 0
Gawwada gwd 1 0
Gayil gyl 1 0
Gedeo drs 1 0 NT
Gofa gof 1 0 NT
Greek ell 1 0 Complete
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete
Gumuz guk 1 0 NT
Hadiyya hdy 1 0 NT
Hamer-Banna amf 1 1
Harari har 1 1
Hozo hoz 1 0
Inor ior 1 0
Italian ita 1 0 Complete
Kachama-Ganjule kcx 1 0
Kacipo-Balesi koe 1 1
Kafa kbr 1 0 NT
Kambaata ktb 3 1 NT
Karo kxh 1 1
Kistane gru 1 0
Komo xom 1 0 Portions
Konso kxc 1 0 Complete
Koorete kqy 1 0 NT
Kunama kun 1 0 NT
Kwama kmq 1 0
Kwegu xwg 1 0
Libido liq 1 0
Majang mpe 1 0 Portions
Male mdy 1 0 Complete
Me'en mym 1 0 Portions
Melo mfx 1 0
Mesqan mvz 1 0
Murle mur 1 0 NT
Mursi muz 1 0
Nayi noz 1 0
Nuer nus 1 0 Complete
Nyangatom nnj 1 0
Ongota bxe 1 1
Opuuo lgn 1 0
Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji gax 5 2 Complete
Oromo, Eastern hae 1 1 Complete
Oromo, West Central gaz 4 2 Complete
Oyda oyd 1 0
Russian rus 1 0 Complete
Saho ssy 1 0 Portions
Sebat Bet Gurage sgw 1 0 NT
Seze sze 1 0
Shabo sbf 1 1
Shekkacho moy 1 0 Portions
Sheko she 1 0
Sidamo sid 1 0 NT
Silt'e stv 1 1 Portions
Somali som 1 1 Complete
Suri suq 1 1 Portions
Tigrigna tir 1 0 Complete
Toposa toq 1 1 Portions
Tsamai tsb 1 1
Turkana tuv 1 1 NT
Wolane wle 1 1
Wolaytta wal 1 0 Complete
Xamtanga xan 1 0
Yemsa jnj 1 0 Portions
Zay zwa 1 0
Zaysete zay 1 1
Totals: 98 113 33   12 36 50 82 13

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.3 %)
60.1 %
Ethnic Religions
5.6 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
34.0 %
Non-Religious
0.3 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
3.5 %
Orthodox
66.4 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
27.9 %
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 101,292,000
Population in Unreached 21,060,000  (20.8%)
Urbanization 19%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code ET
Official National Language Amharic
Literacy Rate 39%
Estimated Illiterate Population 61,788,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 60.1%
Percent Evangelical 17.3%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking 22 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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