Country: Iran

Number of People Groups

97

People Groups Unreached

87 (89.7%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

80,877,000

Population in Unreached

80,559,000 (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
 Afghan 388,000 8,538,000 Dari Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Afshari 366,000 379,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Aimaq, Jamshidi 30,000 162,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Aimaq, Timuri 198,000 347,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arab, Gulf 268,000 4,726,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 1.20 % 0.10 %
 Arab, Iranian 1,397,000 1,397,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.10 %
 Armenian 105,000 6,289,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 %
 Assyrian 106,000 666,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 97.00 % 0.50 %
 Astiani 26,000 26,000 Ashtiani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Aynallu 6,300 6,300 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 15,761,000 18,936,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.10 % 0.09 %
Baharlu 9,500 9,500 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bakhtiari 1,208,000 1,208,000 Bakhtiari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Baloch, Southern 489,000 1,682,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Baloch, Western 727,000 1,191,000 Balochi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bashkardi 8,600 8,600 Bashkardi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Brahui, Kur Galli 23,000 2,853,000 Brahui Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 British 3,300 51,606,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
 Chinese, general 3,200 8,903,000 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 8,500 8,500 Fars, Northwestern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Fars, Southwestern 108,000 108,000 Fars, Southwestern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 French 9,500 49,832,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 %
Gabri, Dari 14,000 14,000 Dari, Zoroastrian Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Galeshi 2,000 2,000 Gilaki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Gazi 8,700 8,700 Gazi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Georgian 64,000 3,251,000 Georgian Christianity 79.00 % 1.50 %
 German 800 64,307,000 German, Standard Christianity 66.00 % 2.10 %
 Gilaki 2,822,000 2,822,000 Gilaki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Gujarati 35,000 2,276,000 Gujarati Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %
Gurani, Hawrami 205,000 373,000 Gurani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Harzani 34,000 34,000 Harzani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Hazara 380,000 3,559,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.05 % 0.01 %
 Herki 21,000 103,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Italian 6,900 37,690,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 %
Jadgali 11,000 11,000 Jadgali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Jew, Hulaula 300 35,000 Hulaula Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Jew, Judeo-Persian 9,300 63,000 Dzhidi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Kajali 42,000 42,000 Kajali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Karakalpak 52,000 797,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Karingani 21,000 21,000 Karingani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kazakh 6,100 14,640,000 Kazakh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Khalaj 51,000 51,000 Khalaj Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Khalaj, Turkic 53,000 53,000 Khalaj, Turkic Islam 0.80 % 0.50 %
 Khorasani Turk 914,000 914,000 Khorasani Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Khunsari 26,000 26,000 Khunsari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Korean 17,000 80,517,000 Korean Non-Religious 31.00 % 16.00 %
Koroshi 400 400 Koroshi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kumzari 600 7,000 Kumzari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kurd, Central 3,280,000 7,996,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 0.20 % 0.04 %
 Kurd, Kurmanji 480,000 15,021,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.40 % 0.10 %
 Kurd, Southern 3,260,000 3,260,000 Kurdish, Southern Islam 0.05 % 0.01 %
Lak 1,198,000 1,198,000 Laki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Larestani 115,000 115,000 Lari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Lasgerdi 1,100 1,100 Lasgerdi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Luri, Northern 1,812,000 1,923,000 Luri, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Luri, Southern 987,000 987,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mamasani 122,000 122,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mandaean 23,000 44,000 Mandaic Other / Small 2.00 % 0.00 %
 Mazanderani, Tabri 2,343,000 2,343,000 Mazanderani Islam 0.50 % 0.40 %
Moqaddam 1,300 1,300 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mussulman Tat 9,200 36,000 Tat, Muslim Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nafar, Nafar Turk 4,400 4,400 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Natanzi 8,600 8,600 Natanzi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nayini 8,600 8,600 Nayini Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Parsee 27,000 161,000 Parsi-Dari Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pashtun, Southern 155,000 7,223,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.02 % 0.00 %
 Persian 36,493,000 40,552,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 1.00 % 0.90 %
Pishagchi 1,300 1,300 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Punjabi 35,000 2,025,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 %
Qajar 3,800 3,800 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Qaragozlu 2,500 2,500 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Qashqai, Kashkai 940,000 940,000 Kashkay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Romani, Balkan 35,000 1,249,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 5.00 % 0.40 %
 Romani, Domari 1,365,000 3,340,000 Domari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Rudbari 300 300 Rudbari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Russian 2,600 134,082,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 %
Sangisari 41,000 41,000 Sangisari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Semnani 67,000 67,000 Semnani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Shahmirzadi 1,000 1,000 Shahmirzadi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Shahseven 86,000 88,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Shikaki 28,000 53,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Sivandi 8,700 8,700 Sivandi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Soi 8,600 8,600 Soi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Sorkhei 11,000 11,000 Sorkhei Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tajik, Tadzhik 600 8,882,000 Tajiki Islam 0.02 % 0.00 %
 Takistani 392,000 392,000 Takestani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Talysh 150,000 227,000 Talysh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Taromi, Upper 300 300 Taromi, Upper Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tati, Central 1,000 1,000 Shahrudi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tati, Southern 180,000 180,000 Alviri-Vidari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Turk 11,000 59,424,000 Turkish Islam 0.04 % 0.01 %
 Turkmen 1,019,000 8,046,000 Turkmen Islam 0.30 % 0.05 %
 Urdu, Islami 87,000 1,776,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Uyghur 6,100 11,900,000 Uyghur Islam 0.05 % 0.02 %
 Vafsi 21,000 21,000 Vafsi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
  Totals:  97 80,877,000       87   0.85 % 0.46 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 69,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 80,946,000              
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% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   80,877,000 97 87 89.7 % 80,559,000 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 2 2
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
Kajali xkj 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
Mazanderani 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
Tajiki 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 New Testament
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 New Testament
Vafsi vaf 1 1
Totals: 83 97 87   19 23 38 59 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
67.4 %
Other Christian
0.2 %
Protestant
3.7 %
Roman Catholic
8.7 %
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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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 97
Unreached People Groups 87  (89.7%)
Population 80,877,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.1%
Population in Unreached 80,559,000  (99.6%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1,668 to 1,821
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 0.9%
Percent Evangelical 0.5%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 19.6%
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 73%
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code IR
Official National Language(s) Persian, Iranian
Literacy Rate 84%
Estimated Illiterate Population 12,940,000
Persecution Ranking 8 (1=High to 50=Low OD)


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