Country: Laos

Number of People Groups

135

People Groups Unreached

113 (83.7%)

Total Population

6,893,000

Population in Unreached

5,616,000 (81.5%)

% Professing Christian

3.4%

% Evangelical

2.31 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

79 %

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
 Aheu Luang 300 1,200 Aheu Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Akeu 3,000 16,000 Akeu Ethnic Religions 0.10 % 0.05 %
 Akha 76,000 76,000 Akha Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 %
 Alak 4,700 4,700 Alak Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Alu 6,900 15,000 Nisu, Eastern Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arem 800 900 Arem Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bit 2,400 3,200 Bit Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bo 3,900 3,900 Bo Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Brao 25,000 36,000 Lave Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.76 %
 Bru, Eastern 22,000 88,000 Bru, Eastern Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 %
 Burmese 600 31,536,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Cham, Western 900 294,000 Cham, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Chatong 800 800 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Chepya 2,400 2,400 Chepya Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Chut-May 400 6,100 Chut Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Chut-Ruc 200 200 Chut Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Chut-Sach 200 200 Chut Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Con 2,200 2,200 Con Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Laos Sign Language Buddhism 3.00 % 2.60 %
 Giay 7,000 404,000 Bouyei Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Gie Trieng 13,000 31,000 Jeh Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.40 %
 Halang 6,000 22,000 Halang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Halang Doan 3,100 6,600 Halang Doan Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 18,000 77,310,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 64,000 854,496,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 %
 Hani 1,700 762,000 Hani Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Hmong Bua 1,800 93,000 Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 %
 Hmong Daw 245,000 1,464,000 Hmong Daw Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 %
 Hmong Njua 132,000 669,000 Hmong Njua Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Hung 2,000 2,500 Hung Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.50 %
 Hung-Tum 900 900 Hung Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Ir 5,900 5,900 Ir Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Iu Mien 18,000 1,616,000 Iu Mien Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 7.90 %
 Jeng 5,400 5,400 Jeng Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Kaduo 4,800 198,000 Kaduo Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 %
 Kanay 900 900 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 7.00 %
Kaseng 1,600 1,600 Talieng Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Katang 144,000 146,000 Kataang Ethnic Religions 0.08 % 0.08 %
 Katu, Eastern Unknown 61,000 Katu, Eastern Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Katu, Western 28,000 28,000 Katu, Western Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Khlor 13,000 13,000 Khlor Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Khmer, Central 5,800 15,731,000 Khmer, Central Buddhism 3.00 % 1.60 %
 Khmu 732,000 861,000 Khmu Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 9.00 %
 Khmu, Keun Unknown Unknown Khmu Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Khmu, Khong Unknown Unknown Khmu Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.57 %
 Khmu, Lu Unknown Unknown Khmu Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.89 %
 Khmu, Me Unknown Unknown Khmu Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 %
 Khmu, Rok Unknown Unknown Khmu Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.70 %
 Khua 4,300 9,500 Khua Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Khuen 12,000 15,000 Khuen Buddhism 1.50 % 1.00 %
 Kim Mun 6,800 541,000 Kim Mun Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
Kiorr 4,600 16,000 Kiorr Buddhism 1.00 % 0.60 %
 Kongsat 100 100 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kri 1,100 1,100 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kuan 3,800 3,800 Kuan Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kui 52,000 495,000 Kuy Buddhism 1.00 % 0.90 %
 Kui Lung 4,700 4,700 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 9.00 %
 Lahu Aga 9,000 9,000 Lahu Ethnic Religions 8.50 % 7.90 %
 Lahu Phu 3,700 578,000 Lahu Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.00 %
 Lahu Shi 3,600 158,000 Lahu Shi Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 10.00 %
 Lamet 24,000 24,000 Lamet Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
Lanten 6,400 6,400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Lao 3,144,000 3,659,000 Lao Buddhism 3.50 % 2.00 %
 Lao Phuan 142,000 349,000 Phuan Buddhism 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Laopang 13,000 23,000 Laopang Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 11.00 %
 Laoseng 11,000 11,000 Tareng Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Laven 31,000 66,000 Laven Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Lawi 700 700 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mal 35,000 40,000 Mal Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.80 %
 Maleng 600 900 Maleng Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mlabri 600 1,000 Mlabri Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Ngae 16,000 16,000 Ngeq Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.50 %
 Nguan 36,000 36,000 Khmu Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.85 %
 Nguon 2,000 3,100 Nguon Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Nung 1,400 1,071,000 Nung Ethnic Religions 0.70 % 0.60 %
 Nyahon 4,700 4,700 Nyaheun Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Nyaw 17,000 77,000 Nyaw Buddhism 0.50 % 0.40 %
 O-Du 800 1,200 O'du Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Oy 13,000 13,000 Oy Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Pacoh 20,000 39,000 Pacoh Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pala 5,500 5,500 Akha Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pana 500 5,600 Phana' Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Phu Thai 228,000 1,009,000 Phu Thai Buddhism 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Phunoi 54,000 70,000 Phunoi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pong 2,200 2,200 Phong-Kniang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pouhoy 300 300 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Poumong 1,200 1,200 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Poussang 2,600 2,600 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Prai 27,000 47,000 Prai Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.70 %
Pu Ko 200 200 Pu Ko Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.30 %
 Puoc 10,000 38,000 Puoc Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Rien 7,000 7,000 Rien Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Saek 4,600 25,000 Saek Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Samtao 4,300 16,000 Samtao Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sapuan 5,200 5,200 Sapuan Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sedang 600 123,000 Sedang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sila 2,700 3,500 Sila Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 So 141,000 213,000 So Buddhism 1.40 % 1.00 %
 So Tri 11,000 11,000 Bru, Eastern Ethnic Religions 0.10 % 0.05 %
Sok 3,500 3,500 Sok Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sou 3,200 3,200 Sou Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Ta Oi, Lower 21,000 21,000 Ta'oih, Lower Ethnic Religions 0.10 % 0.10 %
 Ta Oi, Upper 46,000 68,000 Ta'oih, Upper Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.80 %
 Tahang 400 400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Daeng 42,000 205,000 Tai Daeng Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Dam 75,000 941,000 Tai Dam Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.18 %
 Tai Do 10,000 10,000 Tai Yo Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Doi 800 5,900 Tai Loi Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Gapong 1,500 3,600 Phu Thai Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai He 11,000 11,000 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Kaleun 9,100 18,000 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Kao 283,000 638,000 Tai Don Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Khang 72,000 113,000 Kang Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Khun 800 139,000 Khun Buddhism 2.30 % 1.90 %
 Tai Laan 600 600 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tai Long 5,800 5,800 Tai Long Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Lue 150,000 1,349,000 Lu Buddhism 0.10 % 0.10 %
 Tai Nua 53,000 149,000 Tai Nua Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Pao 5,000 15,000 Tai Pao Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Peung 1,400 1,400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tai Sam 1,000 1,000 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Taket 600 600 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Talieng 36,000 36,000 Talieng Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.12 %
 Tamoy 700 700 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tay Khang 200 200 Tay Khang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tay Pong 3,000 3,000 Hung Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tayten 400 400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tchaho 400 400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Thae 3,900 3,900 Oy Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Thai, Central 138,000 20,205,000 Thai Buddhism 0.60 % 0.30 %
 Thai, Northeastern, Isan 8,500 18,104,000 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Thai, Northern 36,000 7,259,000 Thai, Northern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tong 14,000 14,000 Ong Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.20 %
 Vietnamese 117,000 83,842,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 9.00 % 1.80 %
 Yoy 1,500 7,500 Yoy Ethnic Religions 2.50 % 2.10 %
  Totals:  135 6,893,000       113   3.36 % 2.31 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 25,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 6,918,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
60.4 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.3 %)
3.4 %
Ethnic Religions
32.1 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
0.0 %
Non-Religious
4.1 %
Other / Small Religions
0.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.9 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
67.8 %
Roman Catholic
20.1 %
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.

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Laos Statistics
People Groups 135
Unreached People Groups 113  (83.7%)
Population 6,893,000
Population in Unreached 5,616,000  (81.5%)
Urbanization 38%
Continent Asia
Region Southeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code LA
Official National Language Lao
Literacy Rate 79%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,448,000
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 3.4%
Percent Evangelical 2.3%
Country Progress Level 4
Persecution Ranking 29 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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