Country: Italy

Number of People Groups

105

People Groups Unreached

23 (21.9%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

60,463,000

Population in Unreached

2,093,000 (3.5%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

81.3%

% Evangelical

1.46%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

1.9%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherents
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Akan 49,000 5,259,000 Akan Christianity 70.00 % 15.00 % -
Albanian, general 470,000 664,000 Italian Islam 30.00 % 0.50 % -
 Algerian, Arabic-speaking 22,000 32,644,000 Arabic, Algerian Spoken Islam 2.00 % 1.10 % 1
 Americans, U.S. 13,000 191,655,000 English Christianity 80.00 % 28.90 % -
 Amhara, Ethiopian 7,000 23,432,000 Amharic Christianity 80.00 % 1.00 % -
 Arab, Egyptian 77,000 64,198,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 13.00 % 3.90 % -
 Arab, general 1,241,000 3,240,000 Arabic, Libyan Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.06 % 25
 Arab, Iraqi 2,200 16,110,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.30 % 1
 Arab, Sudanese 2,000 19,771,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Arbereshe 103,000 103,000 Albanian, Arbereshe Christianity 83.00 % 0.80 % -
 Argentinian, White 8,100 35,564,000 Spanish Christianity 90.00 % 8.00 % -
 Armenian 700 6,497,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 % -
Austrian, Bavarian 262,000 22,709,000 Bavarian Christianity 83.00 % 0.50 % -
Baule 24,000 4,001,000 Baoule Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 % -
 Belarusian 7,500 9,976,000 Belarusian Christianity 65.00 % 1.40 % -
 Berber, Shawiya 39,000 2,598,000 Tachawit Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Bergamasco 140,000 140,000 Lombard Christianity 80.00 % 0.80 % -
Black African, general 126,000 1,009,000 Swahili Christianity 70.00 % 7.00 % -
Bolivian, Mestizo 12,000 7,826,000 Spanish Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 % -
 Bosniak 29,000 2,641,000 Bosnian Islam 0.40 % 0.05 % 1
Brazilian, White 40,000 96,246,000 Portuguese Christianity 92.00 % 24.00 % -
 British 24,000 53,604,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Bulgarian 48,000 6,838,000 Bulgarian Christianity 80.00 % 1.50 % -
 Calabrian 5,398,000 5,398,000 Napoletano-Calabrese Christianity 83.00 % 1.68 % -
 Cape Verdean 4,100 762,000 Kabuverdianu Christianity 95.00 % 6.60 % -
 Catalonian, Algerhese 23,000 4,264,000 Catalan Christianity 88.00 % 0.30 % -
Cimbrian 2,400 2,400 Cimbrian Christianity 88.00 % 0.50 % -
 Colombian, Mestizo 18,000 34,717,000 Spanish Christianity 94.00 % 6.00 % -
Corsican 6,100 167,000 Corsican Christianity 80.00 % 0.40 % -
 Croat 17,000 5,253,000 Croatian Christianity 92.00 % 0.40 % -
 Cuban 18,000 9,132,000 Spanish Christianity 55.00 % 4.00 % -
 Czech 5,600 10,868,000 Czech Non-Religious 26.00 % 0.60 % -
Deaf 121,000 46,963,000 Italian Sign Language Christianity 82.38 % -
Dolomite, Ladino 36,000 36,000 Ladin Christianity 82.00 % 0.80 % -
 Dominicans 26,000 8,836,000 Spanish Christianity 94.00 % 7.00 % -
 Dutch 7,500 15,292,000 Dutch Non-Religious 48.00 % 3.00 % -
 Ecuadorian 84,000 13,660,000 Spanish Christianity 94.00 % 8.50 % -
 Emilian 2,142,000 2,142,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.20 % -
 Ewe 4,600 5,995,000 Ewe Christianity 84.00 % 13.00 % -
 Filipino, Tagalog 141,000 37,773,000 Tagalog Christianity 92.00 % 12.30 % -
Franco-Provencal 72,000 144,000 Arpitan Christianity 80.00 % 0.50 % -
 French 25,000 50,163,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
Friulian 284,000 284,000 Friulian Christianity 83.00 % 0.10 % -
 Fula Jalon 3,900 6,194,000 Pular Islam 0.02 % 0.00 % 1
 Georgian 9,200 3,460,000 Georgian Christianity 85.00 % 1.50 % -
 German 36,000 66,124,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.10 % -
 German Swiss 8,000 5,057,000 German, Swiss Christianity 76.00 % 3.00 % -
 Greek 5,800 10,263,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 226,000 878,504,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 Hungarian 6,900 11,463,000 Hungarian Christianity 85.00 % 2.60 % -
 Italian 32,290,000 38,273,000 Italian Christianity 87.00 % 1.32 % -
 Italian, Sicilian 4,443,000 4,444,000 Sicilian Christianity 81.00 % 1.56 % -
 Japanese 6,300 124,384,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.50 % 0.50 % 1
Jew, Italian 28,000 28,000 Judeo-Italian Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Kazakh 1,300 15,634,000 Kazakh Islam 0.20 % 0.05 % 1
 Kurd, Kurmanji 12,000 15,437,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 2.00 % 0.20 % 1
 Kyrgyz 900 5,278,000 Kyrgyz Islam 0.20 % 0.09 % 1
Ligurian 473,000 520,000 Ligurian Christianity 85.00 % 0.80 % -
 Lombard 3,261,000 3,629,000 Lombard Christianity 85.00 % 0.48 % -
 Macedonian 77,000 1,926,000 Macedonian Christianity 66.00 % 0.20 % -
 Maltese 31,000 604,000 Maltese Christianity 97.00 % 1.30 % -
Mauritian 7,500 1,077,000 Morisyen Christianity 51.00 % 4.00 % -
Mocheno 2,100 2,100 Mocheno Christianity 60.00 % 0.00 % -
 Moldavian 141,000 3,883,000 Romanian Christianity 70.00 % 3.00 % -
 Mossi 14,000 11,717,000 Moore Islam 30.00 % 11.00 % -
 Persian 7,300 41,340,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 1
 Peruvian 100,000 24,922,000 Spanish Christianity 95.00 % 9.00 % -
Piedmontese 707,000 707,000 Piemontese Christianity 80.00 % 1.10 % -
 Polish 90,000 41,049,000 Polish Christianity 88.00 % 0.25 % -
 Pomak 2,400 474,000 Bulgarian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Provencal, Occitani 108,000 3,076,000 Occitan Christianity 82.00 % 0.50 % -
Rhaeto-Romansch 23,000 66,000 Romansh Christianity 85.00 % 1.00 % -
 Romani, Balkan 61,000 1,216,000 Romani, Balkan Christianity 60.00 % 0.60 % -
Romani, Italian 24,000 24,000 Italian Christianity 70.00 % 0.30 % -
 Romani, Sinte 15,000 219,000 Romani, Sinte Christianity 80.00 % 1.00 % -
 Romani, Vlax 3,800 1,132,000 Romani, Vlax Christianity 80.00 % 1.00 % -
 Romanian 943,000 20,517,000 Romanian Christianity 97.00 % 5.40 % -
 Russian 31,000 135,027,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 % -
 Salvadorians 11,000 7,005,000 Spanish Christianity 92.00 % 20.00 % -
Sardinian, Campidanese 516,000 516,000 Sardinian, Campidanese Christianity 80.00 % 1.10 % -
Sardinian, Logudorese 539,000 539,000 Sardinian, Logudorese Christianity 80.00 % 1.00 % -
Sardinian, Sard 183,000 183,000 Italian Christianity 84.00 % 0.70 % -
Sardinian, Sassarese 108,000 108,000 Sardinian, Sassarese Christianity 80.00 % 0.76 % -
Sardinian, Tempiese 108,000 108,000 Sardinian, Gallurese Christianity 80.00 % 0.80 % -
 Sinhalese 60,000 420,000 Sinhala Buddhism 2.00 % 1.00 % 1
Slavomolisano 2,000 2,000 Slavomolisano Christianity 90.00 % 1.00 % -
 Slovak 7,900 5,076,000 Slovak Christianity 90.00 % 1.00 % -
 Slovene 2,500 1,945,000 Slovene Christianity 54.00 % 0.10 % -
 Somali 5,300 23,117,000 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 94,000 1,474,000 Bengali Islam 4.00 % 0.20 % 2
 South Asian, general 425,000 10,836,000 Urdu Islam 4.00 % 0.50 % 9
 Spaniard 17,000 28,972,000 Spanish Christianity 77.00 % 1.00 % -
 Tajik 4,900 10,334,000 Tajik Islam 1.00 % 0.01 % 1
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 30,000 2,707,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.00 % 3.00 % -
 Thai 5,400 21,403,000 Thai Buddhism 0.50 % 0.20 % 1
 Tigray, Tigrinya 8,800 8,719,000 Tigrigna Christianity 92.00 % 4.00 % -
 Turk 18,000 61,293,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Ukrainian 194,000 37,273,000 Ukrainian Christianity 79.00 % 3.80 % -
 Uzbek, Northern 1,200 29,713,000 Uzbek, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Venetian 3,592,000 3,641,000 Venetian Christianity 82.00 % 1.20 % -
Venezualan 5,200 25,990,000 Spanish Christianity 86.00 % 8.00 % -
 Vietnamese 1,000 84,556,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 7.00 % 2.00 % -
Walser 3,600 32,000 Walser Christianity 90.00 % 0.50 % -
 Wolof 81,000 6,630,000 Wolof Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 Yoruba 57,000 35,901,000 Yoruba Christianity 60.00 % 20.00 % -
  Totals:  105 60,463,000       23   81.33 % 1.46 % 57 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 87,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 60,550,000                

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Peoples
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Unreached
Districts
Country:   60,463,000 105 23 21.9 % 2,093,000 3.5 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,169,000 478.3 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,931,000 1,246.9 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,922,000 332.3 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,286,000 192.3 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
60,463,000
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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
Akan aka 1 0 Complete Bible
Albanian, Arbereshe aae 1 0 Bible Portions
Amharic amh 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Algerian Spoken arq 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Egyptian Spoken arz 1 0 New Testament
Arabic, Libyan Spoken ayl 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 New Testament
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Arpitan frp 1 0 Bible Portions
Baoule bci 1 0 Complete Bible
Bavarian bar 1 0 Complete Bible
Belarusian bel 1 0 Complete Bible
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Bosnian bos 1 1 Complete Bible
Bulgarian bul 2 1 Complete Bible
Catalan cat 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Cimbrian cim 1 0 Translation Needed
Corsican cos 1 0 New Testament
Croatian hrv 1 0 Complete Bible
Czech ces 1 0 Complete Bible
Dutch nld 1 0 Complete Bible
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
Ewe ewe 1 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Friulian fur 1 0 New Testament
Georgian kat 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Swiss gsw 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Hungarian hun 1 0 Complete Bible
Italian ita 5 0 Complete Bible
Italian Sign Language ise 1 0 Translation Started
Japanese jpn 1 1 Complete Bible
Judeo-Italian itk 1 1 Bible Portions
Kabuverdianu kea 1 0 Complete Bible
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete Bible
Kurdish, Northern kmr 1 1 Complete Bible
Kyrgyz kir 1 1 Complete Bible
Ladin lld 1 0 New Testament
Ligurian lij 1 0 Bible Portions
Lombard lmo 2 0 Bible Portions
Macedonian mkd 1 0 Complete Bible
Maltese mlt 1 0 Complete Bible
Mocheno mhn 1 0 Translation Needed
Moore mos 1 0 Complete Bible
Morisyen mfe 1 0 New Testament
Napoletano-Calabrese nap 1 0 Bible Portions
Occitan oci 1 0 Complete Bible
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Piemontese pms 1 0 New Testament
Polish pol 1 0 Complete Bible
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Pular fuf 1 1 New Testament
Romani, Balkan rmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Romani, Sinte rmo 1 0 New Testament
Romani, Vlax rmy 1 0 New Testament
Romanian ron 2 0 Complete Bible
Romansh roh 1 0 Complete Bible
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Sardinian, Campidanese sro 1 0 Bible Portions
Sardinian, Gallurese sdn 1 0 Bible Portions
Sardinian, Logudorese src 1 0 Bible Portions
Sardinian, Sassarese sdc 1 0 Bible Portions
Sicilian scn 1 0 Bible Portions
Sinhala sin 1 1 Complete Bible
Slavomolisano svm 1 0 Unspecified
Slovak slk 1 0 Complete Bible
Slovene slv 1 0 Complete Bible
Somali som 1 1 Complete Bible
Spanish spa 10 0 Complete Bible
Swahili swh 1 0 Complete Bible
Tachawit shy 1 1 Bible Portions
Tagalog tgl 1 0 Complete Bible
Tajik tgk 1 1 Complete Bible
Tamil tam 1 0 Complete Bible
Thai tha 1 1 Complete Bible
Tigrigna tir 1 0 Complete Bible
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Ukrainian ukr 1 0 Complete Bible
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Uzbek, Northern uzn 1 1 Complete Bible
Venetian vec 1 0 Bible Portions
Vietnamese vie 1 0 Complete Bible
Walser wae 1 0 New Testament
Wolof wol 1 1 New Testament
Yoruba yor 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 88 105 23   48 52 64 71 37

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.5 %)
81.3 %
Ethnic Religions
0.2 %
Hinduism
0.3 %
Islam
3.7 %
Non-Religious
14.3 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
1.4 %
Orthodox
3.4 %
Other Christian
0.1 %
Protestant
1.8 %
Roman Catholic
91.9 %
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

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Italy. 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 Italy
  • Christian ministry in Italy
  • 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

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Italy or Europe, Western. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.

Italy Statistics
People Groups 105
Unreached People Groups 23  (21.9%)
Population 60,463,000
Population Annual Growth Rate -0.0%
Population in Unreached 2,093,000  (3.5%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 57
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 81.3%
Percent Evangelical 1.5%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 1.9%
Country Progress Level 3
Urbanization 70%
Continent Europe
Region Europe, Western
10/40 Window No
Country Code IT
Official Language(s) Italian
Literacy Rate 99%
Estimated Illiterate Population 605,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked

* An estimate of the number of pioneer workers needed for initial church planting among unreached people groups. Estimates are calculated only for unreached people groups and are based on ratio of 1 worker for every 50,000 individuals living in an unreached people group. Some workers may already be onsite. The country estimate is a summation of the unreached people group estimates. Many more workers are needed beyond this initial estimate.