Country: Iran

Number of People Groups

95

People Groups Unreached

85 (89.5%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

81,940,000

Population in Unreached

81,617,000 (99.6%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

0.9%

% Evangelical

0.46%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

19.6%
(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 *
 Afghan, Tajik 393,000 10,293,000 Dari Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Afshari 371,000 385,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Aimaq 231,000 1,737,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken 272,000 7,688,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 1.20 % 0.10 %
 Arab, Iranian 1,415,000 1,415,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.10 % 28 
 Armenian 107,000 6,220,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 % -
 Assyrian 107,000 678,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 97.00 % 0.50 % -
 Astiani 26,000 26,000 Ashtiani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Aynallu 6,400 6,400 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 16,221,000 19,467,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.10 % 0.09 % 324 
Baharlu 9,600 9,600 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bakhtiari 1,224,000 1,224,000 Bakhtiari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 24 
 Baloch, Southern 496,000 1,719,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Baloch, Western 736,000 1,229,000 Balochi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 14 
 Bashkardi 8,700 8,700 Bashkardi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Brahui 23,000 2,902,000 Brahui Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 British 3,400 52,418,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Chinese, general 3,300 12,984,000 Chinese, Mandarin Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 8.00 % -
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Persian Sign Language Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Dezfuli Unknown Unknown Dezfuli Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Fars, Northwestern 8,600 8,600 Fars, Northwestern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Fars, Southwestern 109,000 109,000 Fars, Southwestern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 French 9,700 50,070,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 % -
Gabri, Dari 14,000 14,000 Dari, Zoroastrian Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Galeshi 2,100 2,100 Gilaki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Gazi 8,800 8,800 Gazi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Georgian 64,000 3,407,000 Georgian Christianity 83.00 % 1.30 % -
 German 800 65,525,000 German, Standard Christianity 66.00 % 2.10 % -
 Gilaki 2,859,000 2,859,000 Gilaki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 57 
 Gujarati 35,000 2,357,000 Gujarati Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %
Gurani, Hawrami 208,000 379,000 Gurani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Harzani 35,000 35,000 Harzani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Hazara 385,000 4,296,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.05 % 0.01 %
 Herki 21,000 104,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Italian 7,000 37,375,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
Jadgali 11,000 11,000 Jadgali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Jew, Hulaula 400 35,000 Hulaula Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Jew, Judeo-Persian 9,400 64,000 Dzhidi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Karakalpak 53,000 838,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Karingani 22,000 22,000 Karingani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kazakh 6,200 15,562,000 Kazakh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Khalaj 52,000 52,000 Khalaj Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Khalaj, Turkic 54,000 54,000 Khalaj, Turkic Islam 0.80 % 0.50 %
 Khorasani Turk 940,000 940,000 Khorasani Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 18 
Khunsari 26,000 26,000 Khunsari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Korean 18,000 80,909,000 Korean Non-Religious 31.00 % 16.00 % -
Koroshi 400 400 Koroshi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kumzari 600 7,100 Kumzari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kurd, Central 3,323,000 8,181,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 0.20 % 0.04 % 66 
 Kurd, Kurmanji 486,000 15,421,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.40 % 0.10 %
 Kurd, Southern 3,303,000 3,303,000 Kurdish, Southern Islam 0.05 % 0.01 % 66 
 Laki 1,213,000 1,213,000 Laki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 24 
Larestani 117,000 117,000 Lari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Lasgerdi 1,200 1,200 Lasgerdi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Luri, Northern 1,836,000 1,949,000 Luri, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 36 
 Luri, Southern 1,000,000 1,000,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 20 
 Mamasani 124,000 124,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mandaean 24,000 67,000 Mandaic Other / Small 2.00 % 0.00 %
 Mazanderani, Tabri 2,374,000 2,374,000 Mazandarani Islam 0.50 % 0.40 % 47 
Moqaddam 1,300 1,300 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mussulman Tat 9,300 36,000 Tat, Muslim Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nafar, Nafar Turk 4,500 4,500 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Natanzi 8,700 8,700 Natanzi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nayini 8,700 8,700 Nayini Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Parsee 27,000 162,000 Parsi-Dari Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pashtun, Southern 157,000 9,320,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.02 % 0.00 %
 Persian 36,973,000 41,124,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 1.00 % 0.90 % 739 
Pishagchi 1,300 1,300 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Punjabi 35,000 2,057,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 %
Qajar 3,800 3,800 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Qaragozlu 2,600 2,600 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Qashqai, Kashkai 972,000 972,000 Kashkay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 19 
 Romani, Balkan 35,000 1,221,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 5.00 % 0.40 %
 Romani, Domari 1,383,000 3,445,000 Domari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 27 
Rudbari 300 300 Rudbari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Russian 2,600 133,841,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 % -
Sangisari 41,000 41,000 Sangisari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Semnani 68,000 68,000 Semnani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Shahmirzadi 1,000 1,000 Shahmirzadi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Shahseven 87,000 89,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Shikaki 29,000 54,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Sivandi 8,800 8,800 Sivandi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Soi 8,800 8,800 Soi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Sorkhei 11,000 11,000 Sorkhei Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tajik, Tadzhik 600 9,160,000 Tajik Islam 0.02 % 0.00 %
 Takistani 397,000 397,000 Takestani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Talysh 152,000 229,000 Talysh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Taromi, Upper 300 300 Taromi, Upper Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tati, Central 43,000 43,000 Shahrudi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tati, Southern 182,000 182,000 Alviri-Vidari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Turk 11,000 60,506,000 Turkish Islam 0.04 % 0.01 %
 Turkmen 745,000 8,426,000 Turkmen Islam 0.30 % 0.05 % 14 
 Urdu, Islami 88,000 1,828,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Uyghur 6,200 12,128,000 Uyghur Islam 0.05 % 0.02 %
 Vafsi 22,000 22,000 Vafsi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
  Totals:  95 81,940,000       85   0.86 % 0.46 % 1,651 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 72,000                
  UN Country Population (2018) 82,012,000                

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Unreached
Districts
Country:   81,940,000 95 85 89.5 % 81,617,000 99.6 % 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
Aimaq aiq 1 1
Alviri-Vidari avd 1 1
Arabic, Gulf Spoken afb 1 1
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Ashtiani atn 1 1
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic aii 1 0 Complete Bible
Azerbaijani, South azb 10 10 Complete Bible
Bakhtiari bqi 1 1
Balochi, Southern bcc 1 1 New Testament
Balochi, Western bgn 1 1 Bible Portions
Bashkardi bsg 1 1
Brahui brh 1 1 New Testament
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Dari prs 1 1 Complete Bible
Dari, Zoroastrian gbz 1 1
Dezfuli def 1 1
Domari rmt 1 1
Dzhidi jpr 1 1
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
Fars, Northwestern faz 1 1
Fars, Southwestern fay 1 1
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gazi gzi 1 1
Georgian kat 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
Gilaki glk 2 2 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Gurani hac 1 1
Harzani hrz 1 1
Hazaragi haz 1 1 Bible Portions
Hulaula huy 1 1
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Jadgali jdg 1 1
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 New Testament
Karingani kgn 1 1
Kashkay qxq 1 1
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete Bible
Khalaj kjf 1 1
Khalaj, Turkic klj 1 1
Khorasani Turkish kmz 1 1
Khunsari kfm 1 1
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Koroshi ktl 1 1
Kumzari zum 1 1
Kurdish, Central ckb 1 1 Complete Bible
Kurdish, Northern kmr 3 3 Complete Bible
Kurdish, Southern sdh 1 1 Bible Portions
Laki lki 1 1
Lari lrl 1 1
Lasgerdi lsa 1 1
Luri, Northern lrc 1 1
Luri, Southern luz 2 2
Mandaic mid 1 1
Mazandarani mzn 1 1
Natanzi ntz 1 1
Nayini nyq 1 1
Parsi-Dari prd 1 1
Pashto, Southern pbt 1 1 Bible Portions
Persian Sign Language psc 1 1
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Romani, Balkan rmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Rudbari rdb 1 1
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Sangisari sgr 1 1
Semnani smy 1 1
Shahmirzadi srz 1 1
Shahrudi shm 1 1
Sivandi siy 1 1
Soi soj 1 1
Sorkhei sqo 1 1
Tajik tgk 1 1 Complete Bible
Takestani tks 1 1
Talysh tly 1 1
Taromi, Upper tov 1 1
Tat, Muslim ttt 1 1 Bible Portions
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkmen tuk 1 1 Complete Bible
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 New Testament
Vafsi vaf 1 1
Totals: 82 95 85   25 23 39 58 15

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.5 %)
0.9 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
98.5 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
0.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.2 %
Independent
17.9 %
Orthodox
67.6 %
Other Christian
0.2 %
Protestant
3.6 %
Roman Catholic
8.6 %
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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There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Iran. 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 Iran
  • Christian ministry in Iran
  • 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

Iran Statistics
People Groups 95
Unreached People Groups 85  (89.5%)
Population 81,940,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.1%
Population in Unreached 81,617,000  (99.6%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1,651
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 0.9%
Percent Evangelical 0.5%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 19.6%
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 74%
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code IR
Official Language(s) Persian, Iranian
Literacy Rate 85%
Estimated Illiterate Population 12,291,000
Persecution Ranking 10 (1=High to 50=Low OD)


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