Country: Italy

Number of People Groups

105

People Groups Unreached

24 (22.9%)

Total Population

59,762,000

Unreached Population

2,075,000 (3.5%)

% Professing Christian

81.2%

% Evangelical

1.28 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

99 %

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
 Akan 49,000 4,869,000 Akan Christianity 70.00 % 15.00 %
Albanian, general 465,000 649,000 Italian Islam 30.00 % 0.50 %
 Algerian, Arabic-speaking 22,000 34,046,000 Arabic, Algerian Spoken Islam 2.00 % 1.10 %
 Americans, U.S. 13,000 188,897,000 English Christianity 80.00 % 28.90 %
 Amhara, Ethiopian 6,900 29,040,000 Amharic Christianity 80.00 % 1.00 %
 Arab, Egyptian 77,000 58,499,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 13.00 % 3.90 %
 Arab, Iraqi 2,200 17,120,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.30 %
 Arab, North African general 1,228,000 1,861,000 Arabic, Libyan Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.05 %
 Arab, Sudanese 2,000 19,063,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 %
 Arbereshe 102,000 102,000 Albanian, Arbereshe Christianity 83.00 % 0.80 %
 Argentinian White 8,000 32,457,000 Spanish Christianity 90.00 % 8.00 %
 Armenian 700 6,323,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 %
Austrian, Bavarian 259,000 14,746,000 Bavarian Christianity 83.00 % 0.50 %
Baule 24,000 4,509,000 Baoule Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 %
 Belarusian 7,400 10,076,000 Belarusan Christianity 65.00 % 1.40 %
 Berber, Shawiya 39,000 2,492,000 Tachawit Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Bergamasco 139,000 139,000 Lombard Christianity 80.00 % 0.80 %
Black African, general 125,000 973,000 Swahili Christianity 70.00 % 7.00 %
Bolivian, Mestizo 12,000 4,881,000 Spanish Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 %
 Bosniak 29,000 2,909,000 Bosnian Islam 0.40 % 0.05 %
Brazilian, White 39,000 96,891,000 Portuguese Christianity 92.00 % 24.00 %
 British 24,000 51,662,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
 Bulgarian 48,000 7,170,000 Bulgarian Christianity 80.00 % 1.50 %
Calabrian 5,335,000 5,335,000 Napoletano-Calabrese Christianity 83.00 % 1.40 %
 Cape Verdean 4,100 1,033,000 Kabuverdianu Christianity 95.00 % 6.60 %
 Catalonian, Algerhese 23,000 4,208,000 Catalan Christianity 88.00 % 0.30 %
Cimbrian 2,400 2,400 Cimbrian Christianity 88.00 % 0.50 %
 Colombian, Mestizo 18,000 33,709,000 Spanish Christianity 94.00 % 6.00 %
Corsican 6,000 166,000 Corsican Christianity 80.00 % 0.40 %
Creoles, Mauritian 7,500 1,040,000 Morisyen Christianity 51.00 % 4.00 %
 Croat 17,000 5,255,000 Croatian Christianity 92.00 % 0.40 %
Cuban 18,000 9,196,000 Spanish Christianity 55.00 % 4.00 %
 Czech 5,600 10,203,000 Czech Non-Religious 26.00 % 0.60 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Italian Sign Language Christianity 82.00 % 2.90 %
Dolomite, Ladino 36,000 36,000 Ladin Christianity 82.00 % 0.80 %
 Dominicans 25,000 8,822,000 Spanish Christianity 94.00 % 7.00 %
 Dutch 7,400 15,165,000 Dutch Non-Religious 48.00 % 3.00 %
 Ecuadorian 83,000 12,641,000 Spanish Christianity 94.00 % 8.50 %
Emilian 2,120,000 2,120,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.00 %
 Ewe 4,600 6,048,000 Ewe Christianity 84.00 % 13.00 %
 Filipino, Tagalog 140,000 35,942,000 Tagalog Christianity 92.00 % 12.30 %
Franco-Provencal 72,000 144,000 Arpitan Christianity 80.00 % 0.50 %
 French 25,000 49,469,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 %
Friulian 281,000 281,000 Friulian Christianity 83.00 % 0.10 %
 Fula Jalon 3,900 5,871,000 Pular Islam 0.02 % 0.00 %
 Georgian 9,100 3,265,000 Georgian Christianity 85.00 % 1.50 %
 German 36,000 64,478,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.10 %
 German Swiss 7,900 4,939,000 German, Swiss Christianity 76.00 % 3.00 %
 Greek 5,800 10,772,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
Gypsy, Italian 24,000 24,000 Italian Christianity 70.00 % 0.30 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 223,000 854,535,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 %
 Hungarian 6,800 11,570,000 Hungarian Christianity 85.00 % 2.60 %
 Italian 31,200,000 38,042,000 Italian Christianity 87.00 % 1.10 %
 Italian, Sicilian 4,399,000 4,399,000 Sicilian Christianity 81.00 % 1.30 %
 Japanese 6,300 124,985,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.50 % 0.50 %
Jew, Italian 28,000 28,000 Judeo-Italian Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Kazakh 1,300 14,299,000 Kazakh Islam 0.20 % 0.05 %
 Kurd, Kurmanji 12,000 14,788,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 2.00 % 0.20 %
 Kyrgyz 900 5,038,000 Kyrgyz Islam 0.20 % 0.09 %
Ligurian, Genoan 468,000 515,000 Ligurian Christianity 85.00 % 0.80 %
Lombard 3,229,000 3,588,000 Lombard Christianity 85.00 % 0.40 %
 Macedonian 77,000 2,012,000 Macedonian Christianity 66.00 % 0.20 %
 Maltese 30,000 596,000 Maltese Christianity 97.00 % 1.30 %
Mocheno 2,000 2,000 Mocheno Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Moldavian 140,000 3,428,000 Romanian Christianity 70.00 % 3.00 %
 Mossi, Moore 14,000 10,389,000 Moore Islam 30.00 % 11.00 %
 Persian 7,300 40,090,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Peruvian 99,000 24,436,000 Spanish Christianity 95.00 % 9.00 %
Piedmontese 1,497,000 1,497,000 Piemontese Christianity 80.00 % 1.10 %
 Polish 89,000 41,935,000 Polish Christianity 88.00 % 0.25 %
 Pomak 2,400 473,000 Bulgarian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Provencal, Occitani 107,000 3,079,000 Occitan Christianity 82.00 % 0.50 %
Rhaeto-Romansch 23,000 65,000 Romansch Christianity 85.00 % 1.00 %
 Romani, Balkan 61,000 1,243,000 Romani, Balkan Christianity 60.00 % 0.60 %
 Romani, Sinte 15,000 216,000 Romani, Sinte Christianity 80.00 % 1.00 %
 Romani, Vlax, Kalderash 3,700 1,142,000 Romani, Vlax Christianity 80.00 % 1.00 %
 Romanian 933,000 20,136,000 Romanian Christianity 97.00 % 5.40 %
 Russian 31,000 134,007,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 %
 Salvadorians 10,000 6,471,000 Spanish Christianity 92.00 % 20.00 %
Sardinian, Campidanese 511,000 511,000 Sardinian, Campidanese Christianity 80.00 % 1.10 %
Sardinian, Logudorese 534,000 534,000 Sardinian, Logudorese Christianity 80.00 % 1.00 %
Sardinian, Sard 181,000 181,000 Italian Christianity 84.00 % 0.70 %
Sardinian, Sassarese 107,000 107,000 Sardinian, Sassarese Christianity 80.00 % 0.76 %
Sardinian, Tempiese 107,000 107,000 Sardinian, Gallurese Christianity 80.00 % 0.80 %
 Sinhalese 60,000 11,080,000 Sinhala Buddhism 2.00 % 1.00 %
Slavomolisano 2,000 2,000 Slavomolisano Christianity 90.00 % 1.00 %
 Slovak 7,900 5,030,000 Slovak Christianity 90.00 % 1.00 %
Slovene 2,500 1,985,000 Slovene Christianity 54.00 % 0.10 %
 Somali 5,200 19,451,000 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 93,000 1,475,000 Bengali Islam 4.00 % 0.20 %
 South Asian, general 421,000 10,799,000 Urdu Islam 4.00 % 0.50 %
 Spaniard 17,000 28,630,000 Spanish Christianity 77.00 % 1.00 %
 Tajik, Afghan 4,800 8,667,000 Dari Islam 1.00 % 0.01 %
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 30,000 7,260,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.00 % 3.00 %
 Thai, Central 5,400 20,175,000 Thai Buddhism 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Tigrai, Tigrinya 8,800 8,954,000 Tigrigna Christianity 92.00 % 4.00 %
 Turk 18,000 59,170,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Ukrainian 192,000 38,181,000 Ukrainian Christianity 79.00 % 3.80 %
 Uzbek, Northern 1,100 27,092,000 Uzbek, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Venetian 3,556,000 3,603,000 Venetian Christianity 82.00 % 1.00 %
Venezualans 5,100 29,449,000 Spanish Christianity 86.00 % 8.00 %
 Vietnamese 1,000 83,842,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 7.00 % 2.00 %
Walser 3,600 31,000 Walser Christianity 90.00 % 0.50 %
 Wolof 80,000 6,384,000 Wolof Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Yoruba 56,000 33,832,000 Yoruba Christianity 60.00 % 20.00 %
  Totals:  105 59,762,000       24   81.24 % 1.28 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 39,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 59,801,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.3 %)
81.2 %
Ethnic Religions
0.2 %
Hinduism
0.3 %
Islam
3.7 %
Non-Religious
14.4 %
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
1.9 %
Roman Catholic
92.1 %
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 Western Europe. 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 24  (22.9%)
Population 59,762,000
Population in Unreached 2,075,000  (3.5%)
Urbanization 69%
Continent Europe
Region Western Europe
10/40 Window No
Country Code IT
Official National Language Italian
Literacy Rate 99%
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Professing Christian 81.2%
Percent Evangelical 1.3%
Country Progress Level 2
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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