Country: Laos

Number of People Groups

128

People Groups Unreached

109 (85.2%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

6,900,000

Population in Unreached

5,437,000 (78.8%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

3.6%

% Evangelical

2.45%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

6.8%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Aheu Luang 600 2,200 Aheu Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Akeu 3,000 16,000 Akeu Ethnic Religions 0.09 % 0.05 % 1
 Akha 111,000 666,000 Akha Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 2
 Alak 25,000 25,000 Alak Ethnic Religions 0.04 % 0.02 % 1
 Alu 6,900 15,000 Nisu, Eastern Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arem 700 800 Bru, Eastern Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bit 2,300 3,200 Bit Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bo 3,900 3,900 Bo Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Brao 25,000 36,000 Lave Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.76 % 1
 Bru, Eastern 22,000 114,000 Bru, Eastern Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 % 1
 Bru, Western 82,000 106,000 Bru, Western Buddhism 12.00 % 8.00 % -
 Burmese 600 31,809,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Cham, Western 600 299,000 Cham, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Chatong 800 800 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Chepya 2,400 2,400 Chepya Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Chut-May 400 7,100 Chut Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Chut-Ruc 200 200 Chut Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Chut-Sach 200 200 Chut Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Con 2,100 2,100 Con Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Deaf 70,000 46,464,000 Laos Sign Language Buddhism 3.38 % 1
 Giay 6,900 71,000 Bouyei Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Halang 6,000 22,000 Halang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Halang Doan 3,100 6,600 Halang Doan Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 18,000 78,441,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 64,000 867,109,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 % -
 Hani 700 778,000 Hani Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hmong Bua 1,800 94,000 Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Hmong Daw 378,000 2,054,000 Hmong Daw Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 % -
 Hmong Njua 205,000 748,000 Hmong Njua Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 4
 Hung 3,600 4,100 Hung Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.50 % -
 Hung-Tum 3,600 3,600 Hung Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Ir 5,900 5,900 Ir Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Iu Mien 18,000 1,644,000 Iu Mien Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 7.90 % -
 Jeh 11,000 29,000 Jeh Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.40 % -
 Jeng 8,500 8,500 Oy Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kado 4,800 201,000 Kaduo Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Kanay 800 800 Pacoh Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 7.00 % -
Kasseng 1,600 1,600 Talieng Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Katang, Northern 65,000 65,000 Katang, Northern Ethnic Religions 0.08 % 0.08 % 1
Katang, Southern 40,000 40,000 Katang, Southern Ethnic Religions 0.08 % 0.08 % 1
 Katu, Western 28,000 28,000 Katu, Western Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
 Khlor 13,000 13,000 Khlor Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.40 % 1
 Khmer 7,000 16,061,000 Khmer Buddhism 3.00 % 1.60 % 1
 Khmu 694,000 806,000 Khmu Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 9.00 % -
 Khua 4,300 9,600 Khua Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Khuen 12,000 16,000 Khuen Buddhism 1.50 % 1.00 % 1
 Kim Mun 6,700 550,000 Kim Mun Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
Kiorr 4,600 4,600 Kiorr Buddhism 1.00 % 0.60 % 1
 Kongsat 100 100 Khmu Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kri 1,000 1,000 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kuan 900 900 Kuan Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kui 46,000 497,000 Kuay Buddhism 1.00 % 0.90 % 1
 Kui Lung 4,700 4,700 Lahu Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 9.00 % -
 Lahu Aga 8,900 8,900 Lahu Ethnic Religions 8.50 % 7.90 % -
 Lahu Phu 3,600 579,000 Lahu Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.00 % -
 Lahu Shi 3,500 213,000 Lahu Shi Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 10.00 % -
 Lamet 22,000 22,000 Rmeet Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
Lanten 6,300 6,300 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Lao 3,252,000 3,569,000 Lao Buddhism 3.50 % 2.00 % 65
 Lao Phuan 141,000 350,000 Phuan Buddhism 1.00 % 0.80 % 3
 Laopang 13,000 13,000 Laopang Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 11.00 % -
 Laoseng 11,000 11,000 Tareng Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
 Laven 55,000 90,000 Laven Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Lawi 1,200 1,200 Lavi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mal 35,000 40,000 Mal Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.80 % 1
 Maleng 600 1,800 Maleng Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mlabri 600 700 Mlabri Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Ngae 16,000 16,000 Kriang Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.50 % -
 Nguan 19,000 19,000 Khmu Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.85 % 1
 Nguon 800 3,100 Nguon Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nung 1,400 1,086,000 Nung Ethnic Religions 0.70 % 0.60 % 1
 Nyahon 8,800 8,800 Nyaheun Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Nyaw 17,000 97,000 Nyaw Buddhism 0.50 % 0.40 % 1
 O-Du 600 1,000 O'du Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Oy 23,000 23,000 Oy Buddhism 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
 Pacoh 22,000 41,000 Pacoh Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pala 5,400 5,400 Akha Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Phana 500 5,700 Phana' Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Phu Thai 214,000 1,002,000 Phu Thai Buddhism 0.50 % 0.40 % 4
 Phunoi 38,000 38,000 Phunoi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pong 30,000 30,000 Phong-Kniang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pouhoy 300 300 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Poumong 1,400 1,400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Poussang 2,600 2,600 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Prai 28,000 48,000 Prai Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.90 % 1
 Puoc 9,700 37,000 Puoc Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Saek 3,800 24,000 Saek Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Samtao 3,300 15,000 Samtao Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Sapuan 5,200 5,200 Sapuan Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Sedang 900 125,000 Sedang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Sila 3,100 3,900 Sila Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 So 82,000 154,000 So Buddhism 1.40 % 1.00 % 2
 So Tri 11,000 11,000 Bru, Eastern Ethnic Religions 0.10 % 0.05 % 1
 Sou 3,100 3,100 Sou Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Ta Oi, Lower 21,000 21,000 Ta'oih, Lower Ethnic Religions 0.10 % 0.10 % 1
 Ta Oi, Upper 46,000 68,000 Ta'oih, Upper Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.80 % 1
 Tahang 400 400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Daeng 25,000 191,000 Tai Daeng Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Dam 26,000 905,000 Tai Dam Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.18 % 1
 Tai Do 3,500 3,900 Tai Yo Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Doi 300 5,300 Tai Loi Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Gapong 500 2,700 Phu Thai Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai He 3,900 3,900 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Kaleun 3,100 12,000 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Kao 99,000 459,000 Tai Don Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 Tai Khang 25,000 67,000 Kang Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Khun 800 137,000 Khun Buddhism 4.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Tai Laan 700 700 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tai Long 2,000 2,000 Tai Long Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Lue 124,000 1,085,000 Lu Buddhism 0.10 % 0.10 % 2
 Tai Nua, Chinese Shan 14,000 706,000 Tai Nua Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Pao 1,700 12,000 Tai Pao Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Peung 500 500 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tai Sam 400 400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Taket 600 600 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Talieng 35,000 35,000 Talieng Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.12 % 1
 Tamoy 700 700 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tay Khang 200 200 Tai Khang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tay Pong 2,900 2,900 Hung Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tayten 400 400 Lao Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tchaho 400 400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Thae 10,000 10,000 Oy Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Thai, Central 137,000 20,637,000 Thai Buddhism 0.60 % 0.30 % 3
 Thai, Isan 8,500 18,216,000 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Thai, Northern 36,000 7,332,000 Thai, Northern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tong 14,000 14,000 Ong Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.20 % -
 Vietnamese 117,000 84,478,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 9.00 % 1.80 % -
 Yoy 11,000 19,000 Yoy Ethnic Religions 2.50 % 2.10 % -
  Totals:  128 6,900,000       109   3.62 % 2.45 % 187 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 61,000                
  UN Country Population (2018) 6,961,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   6,900,000 128 109 85.2 % 5,437,000 78.8 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 283,870,000 4,114.1 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 740,250,000 10,728.3 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.4 % 0.2 % 2.7 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 209,733,000 3,039.6 % 93.7 % 0.0 % 1.9 % 3.1 % 1.4 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,254,000 1,655.9 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.3 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
6,900,000
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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
Aheu thm 1 1 Translation Needed
Akeu aeu 1 1 New Testament
Akha ahk 2 2 Complete Bible
Alak alk 1 1 Translation Needed
Bit bgk 1 1 Translation Needed
Bo bgl 1 1 Translation Needed
Bouyei pcc 1 1 Bible Portions
Bru, Eastern bru 3 3 Complete Bible
Bru, Western brv 1 0 Bible Portions
Burmese mya 1 1 Complete Bible
Cham, Western cja 1 1 Bible Portions
Chepya ycp 1 1 Unspecified
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Yue yue 1 0 Complete Bible
Chut scb 3 3 Unspecified
Con cno 1 1 Translation Needed
Halang hal 1 1 New Testament
Halang Doan hld 1 0 Translation Needed
Hani hni 1 1 Bible Portions
Hmong Daw mww 1 0 Complete Bible
Hmong Njua hnj 1 1 Complete Bible
Hung hnu 3 2 Unspecified
Ir irr 1 1 Translation Needed
Iu Mien ium 1 0 Complete Bible
Jeh jeh 1 0 New Testament
Kaduo ktp 1 1 Bible Portions
Kang kyp 1 1 Translation Needed
Katang, Northern ncq 1 1 New Testament
Katang, Southern sct 1 1 New Testament
Katu, Western kuf 1 1 Translation Needed
Khlor llo 1 1 Translation Needed
Khmer khm 1 1 Complete Bible
Khmu kjg 3 2 Bible Portions
Khua xhv 1 1 Translation Needed
Khuen khf 1 1 Translation Needed
Khun kkh 1 1 Bible Portions
Kim Mun mji 1 1 Unspecified
Kiorr xko 1 1 Translation Needed
Kriang ngt 1 0 Translation Started
Kuan uan 1 1 Translation Needed
Kuay kdt 1 1 Complete Bible
Lahu lhu 3 0 Complete Bible
Lahu Shi lhi 1 0 New Testament
Lao lao 2 2 Complete Bible
Laopang lbg 1 0 Translation Needed
Laos Sign Language lso 1 1 Translation Needed
Lave brb 1 1 Bible Portions
Laven lbo 1 1 Unspecified
Lavi lvi 1 1 Translation Needed
Lu khb 1 1 New Testament
Mal mlf 1 1 New Testament
Maleng pkt 1 1 Translation Needed
Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster cqd 1 1 Complete Bible
Mlabri mra 1 1 Translation Needed
Nguon nuo 1 1 Translation Needed
Nisu, Eastern nos 1 1 New Testament
Nung nut 1 1 Bible Portions
Nyaheun nev 1 1 Unspecified
Nyaw nyw 1 1 Translation Needed
O'du tyh 1 1 Unspecified
Ong oog 1 0 Unspecified
Oy oyb 3 3 Unspecified
Pacoh pac 2 1 Bible Portions
Phana' phq 1 1 Translation Needed
Phong-Kniang pnx 1 1 Translation Needed
Phu Thai pht 2 2 Translation Started
Phuan phu 1 1 Translation Needed
Phunoi pho 1 1 Translation Needed
Prai prt 1 1 Bible Portions
Puoc puo 1 1 Translation Needed
Rmeet lbn 1 1 Bible Portions
Saek skb 1 1 Unspecified
Samtao stu 1 1 Translation Needed
Sapuan spu 1 1 Translation Needed
Sedang sed 1 1 Bible Portions
Sila slt 1 1 Translation Needed
So sss 1 1 Bible Portions
Sou sqq 1 1 Translation Needed
Ta'oih, Lower tto 1 1 Translation Started
Ta'oih, Upper tth 1 1 Bible Portions
Tai Daeng tyr 1 1 Unspecified
Tai Dam blt 1 1 New Testament
Tai Don twh 1 1 Bible Portions
Tai Khang tnu 1 1 Translation Needed
Tai Loi tlq 1 1 Translation Started
Tai Long thi 1 1 Translation Needed
Tai Nua tdd 1 1 Bible Portions
Tai Pao tpo 1 1 Translation Needed
Tai Yo tyj 1 1 Translation Needed
Talieng tdf 2 2 Unspecified
Tareng tgr 1 1 Translation Needed
Thai tha 1 1 Complete Bible
Thai, Northeastern tts 2 2 New Testament
Thai, Northern nod 1 1 New Testament
Unknown xxx 14 14 Unspecified
Vietnamese vie 1 0 Complete Bible
Yoy yoy 1 0 Translation Needed
Totals: 97 128 109   16 17 24 65 6

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
60.1 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.5 %)
3.6 %
Ethnic Religions
31.9 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
0.0 %
Non-Religious
4.2 %
Other / Small Religions
0.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
9.9 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
64.6 %
Roman Catholic
19.5 %
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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Laos Statistics
People Groups 128
Unreached People Groups 109  (85.2%)
Population 6,900,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.7%
Population in Unreached 5,437,000  (78.8%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 187
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 3.6%
Percent Evangelical 2.5%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 6.8%
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 40%
Continent Asia
Region Southeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code LA
Official Language(s) Lao
Literacy Rate 73%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,863,000
Persecution Ranking 19 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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