Country: Laos

Number of People Groups

132

People Groups Unreached

111 (84.1%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

6,985,000

Population in Unreached

5,548,000 (79.4%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

3.5%

% Evangelical

2.40%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

6.8%
(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
 Aheu Luang 300 1,800 Aheu Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Akeu 3,100 16,000 Akeu Ethnic Religions 0.10 % 0.05 %
 Akha 113,000 113,000 Akha Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 %
 Alak 25,000 25,000 Alak Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Alu 7,000 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 4,000 4,000 Bo Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Brao 26,000 37,000 Lave Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.76 %
 Bru, Eastern 22,000 88,000 Bru, Eastern Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 %
 Burmese 600 32,284,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Cham, Western 900 298,000 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 7,000 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 7,100 405,000 Bouyei Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Gie Trieng 38,000 56,000 Jeh Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.40 %
 Halang 6,100 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 77,696,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 65,000 858,337,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 %
 Hani 700 767,000 Hani Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Hmong Bua 1,800 93,000 Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 %
 Hmong Daw 386,000 1,182,000 Hmong Daw Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 %
 Hmong Njua 209,000 750,000 Hmong Njua Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
 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 %
 Ir 6,000 6,000 Ir Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Iu Mien 18,000 1,624,000 Iu Mien Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 7.90 %
 Jeng 8,700 8,700 Oy Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kado 4,900 198,000 Kaduo Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 %
 Kanay 900 900 Pacoh Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 7.00 %
Kasseng 1,600 1,600 Talieng Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Katang, Northern 66,000 66,000 Katang, Northern Ethnic Religions 0.08 % 0.08 %
Katang, Southern 41,000 41,000 Katang, Southern Ethnic Religions 0.08 % 0.08 %
 Katu, Eastern Unknown 62,000 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 7,100 15,967,000 Khmer Buddhism 3.00 % 1.60 %
 Khmu 708,000 838,000 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 4,400 9,700 Khua Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Khuen 12,000 16,000 Khuen Buddhism 1.50 % 1.00 %
 Kim Mun 6,900 544,000 Kim Mun Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
Kiorr 4,700 4,700 Kiorr Buddhism 1.00 % 0.60 %
 Kongsat 100 100 Khmu 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 47,000 495,000 Kuay Buddhism 1.00 % 0.90 %
 Kui Lung 4,800 4,800 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 9.00 %
 Lahu Aga 9,100 9,100 Lahu Ethnic Religions 8.50 % 7.90 %
 Lahu Phu 3,700 581,000 Lahu Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.00 %
 Lahu Shi 3,600 212,000 Lahu Shi Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 10.00 %
 Lamet 22,000 22,000 Rmeet Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
Lanten 6,500 6,500 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Lao 3,321,000 3,638,000 Lao Buddhism 3.50 % 2.00 %
 Lao Phuan 144,000 351,000 Phuan Buddhism 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Laopang 13,000 13,000 Laopang Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 11.00 %
 Laoseng 11,000 11,000 Tareng Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Laven 56,000 92,000 Laven Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Lawi 1,200 1,200 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 600 700 Mlabri Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Ngae 16,000 16,000 Kriang Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.50 %
 Nguan 9,000 9,000 Khmu Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.85 %
 Nguon 9,000 11,000 Nguon Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Nung 1,400 1,082,000 Nung Ethnic Religions 0.70 % 0.60 %
 Nyahon 4,800 4,800 Nyaheun Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Nyaw 17,000 77,000 Nyaw Buddhism 0.50 % 0.40 %
 O-Du 600 1,000 O'du Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Oy 24,000 24,000 Oy Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Pacoh 23,000 42,000 Pacoh Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pala 5,600 5,600 Akha Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Phana 500 5,600 Phana' Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Phu Thai 218,000 1,003,000 Phu Thai Buddhism 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Phunoi 39,000 42,000 Phunoi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pong 31,000 31,000 Phong-Kniang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pouhoy 300 300 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Poumong 1,300 1,300 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Poussang 2,700 2,700 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Prai 29,000 49,000 Prai Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.70 %
 Puoc 9,900 37,000 Puoc Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Saek 3,800 24,000 Saek Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Samtao 3,400 15,000 Samtao Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sapuan 5,300 5,300 Sapuan Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sedang 900 125,000 Sedang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sila 3,200 4,000 Sila Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 So 163,000 235,000 So Buddhism 1.40 % 1.00 %
 So Tri 11,000 11,000 Bru, Eastern Ethnic Religions 0.10 % 0.05 %
 Sou 3,200 3,200 Sou Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Ta Oi, Lower 22,000 22,000 Ta'oih, Lower Ethnic Religions 0.10 % 0.10 %
 Ta Oi, Upper 47,000 69,000 Ta'oih, Upper Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.80 %
 Tahang 400 400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Daeng 15,000 180,000 Tai Daeng Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Dam 27,000 902,000 Tai Dam Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.18 %
 Tai Do 3,600 4,000 Tai Yo Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Doi 300 5,500 Tai Loi Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Gapong 500 2,700 Phu Thai Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai He 4,000 4,000 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Kaleun 3,200 12,000 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Kao 100,000 458,000 Tai Don Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Khang 25,000 66,000 Kang Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Laan 200 200 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tai Long 2,100 2,100 Tai Long Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Lue 126,000 1,077,000 Lu Buddhism 0.10 % 0.10 %
 Tai Nua, Chinese Shan 19,000 707,000 Tai Nua Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Pao 1,800 12,000 Tai Pao Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Peung 500 500 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tai Sam 400 400 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 Lao Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tchaho 400 400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Thae 10,000 10,000 Oy Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Thai, Central 140,000 20,386,000 Thai Buddhism 0.60 % 0.30 %
 Thai, Isan 8,700 18,144,000 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Thai, Northern 37,000 7,276,000 Thai, Northern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tong 14,000 14,000 Ong Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.20 %
 Vietnamese 119,000 84,972,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 9.00 % 1.80 %
 Yoy 11,000 19,000 Yoy Ethnic Religions 2.50 % 2.10 %
  Totals:  132 6,985,000       111   3.50 % 2.40 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 53,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 7,038,000              
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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
Akeu aeu 1 1 New Testament
Akha ahk 2 2 Complete Bible
Alak alk 1 1
Arem aem 1 1
Bit bgk 1 1
Bo bgl 1 1
Bouyei pcc 1 1
Bru, Eastern bru 2 2 Complete Bible
Burmese mya 1 1 Complete Bible
Cham, Western cja 1 1
Chepya ycp 1 1
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Yue yue 1 0 Complete Bible
Chut scb 3 3
Con cno 1 1
Halang hal 1 1 Bible Portions
Halang Doan hld 1 0
Hani hni 1 1
Hmong Daw mww 1 0 Complete Bible
Hmong Njua hnj 1 1 Complete Bible
Hung hnu 3 2
Ir irr 1 1
Iu Mien ium 1 0 Complete Bible
Jeh jeh 1 0 New Testament
Kaduo ktp 1 1
Kang kyp 1 1
Katang, Northern ncq 1 1 New Testament
Katang, Southern sct 1 1
Katu, Eastern ktv 1 1 New Testament
Katu, Western kuf 1 1
Khlor llo 1 1
Khmer khm 1 1 Complete Bible
Khmu kjg 8 5 Bible Portions
Khua xhv 1 1
Khuen khf 1 1
Kim Mun mji 1 1
Kiorr xko 1 1
Kriang ngt 1 0
Kuan uan 1 1
Kuay kdt 1 1 New Testament
Lahu lhu 2 0 Complete Bible
Lahu Shi lhi 1 0 New Testament
Lao lao 2 2 Complete Bible
Laopang lbg 1 0
Laos Sign Language lso 1 0
Lave brb 1 1 Bible Portions
Laven lbo 1 1
Lu khb 1 1 New Testament
Mal mlf 1 1 New Testament
Maleng pkt 1 1
Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster cqd 1 1
Mlabri mra 1 1
Nguon nuo 1 1
Nisu, Eastern nos 1 1
Nung nut 1 1 Bible Portions
Nyaheun nev 1 1
Nyaw nyw 1 1
O'du tyh 1 1
Ong oog 1 0
Oy oyb 3 3
Pacoh pac 2 1 Bible Portions
Phana' phq 1 1
Phong-Kniang pnx 1 1
Phu Thai pht 2 2
Phuan phu 1 1
Phunoi pho 1 1
Prai prt 1 1 Bible Portions
Puoc puo 1 1
Rmeet lbn 1 1
Saek skb 1 1
Samtao stu 1 1
Sapuan spu 1 1
Sedang sed 1 1
Sila slt 1 1
So sss 1 1 Bible Portions
Sou sqq 1 1
Ta'oih, Lower tto 1 1
Ta'oih, Upper tth 1 1
Tai Daeng tyr 1 1
Tai Dam blt 1 1 New Testament
Tai Don twh 1 1 Bible Portions
Tai Loi tlq 1 1
Tai Long thi 1 1
Tai Nua tdd 1 1 Bible Portions
Tai Pao tpo 1 1
Tai Yo tyj 1 1
Talieng tdf 2 2
Tareng tgr 1 1
Tay Khang tnu 1 1
Thai tha 1 1 Complete Bible
Thai, Northeastern tts 2 2 New Testament
Thai, Northern nod 1 1 New Testament
Unknown xxx 16 15
Vietnamese vie 1 0 Complete Bible
Yoy yoy 1 0
Totals: 96 132 111   11 17 23 63 6

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
59.9 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.4 %)
3.5 %
Ethnic Religions
32.2 %
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
10.3 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
67.9 %
Roman Catholic
20.6 %
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 132
Unreached People Groups 111  (84.1%)
Population 6,985,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.7%
Population in Unreached 5,548,000  (79.4%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 199 to 314
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 3.5%
Percent Evangelical 2.4%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 6.8%
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 38%
Continent Asia
Region Southeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code LA
Official National Language(s) Lao
Literacy Rate 79%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,467,000
Persecution Ranking 24 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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