Country: Malawi

Number of People Groups

26

People Groups Unreached

4 (15.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

18,492,000

Population in Unreached

2,016,000 (10.9%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

75.7%

% Evangelical

17.01%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.9%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Afrikaner 3,500 4,359,000 Afrikaans Christianity 95.00 % 9.00 % -
 British 10,000 53,604,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
Deaf 186,000 46,968,000 Malawian Sign Language Christianity 76.00 % -
 French 1,800 50,163,000 French Christianity 62.00 % 1.00 % -
 Greek 5,300 10,261,000 Greek Christianity 92.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati 52,000 2,409,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Kachchi, Asian 13,000 157,000 Kacchi Islam 2.00 % 0.30 % 1
Kokola 311,000 477,000 Kokola Christianity 60.00 % 7.00 % -
 Lambya 70,000 196,000 Lambya Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 % -
Lomwe, Nguru 995,000 995,000 Lomwe, Malawi Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 % -
Ndali 100,000 505,000 Ndali Christianity 65.00 % 7.00 % -
 Ngoni, Malawi 1,911,000 1,911,000 Chichewa Christianity 64.00 % 5.00 % -
 Nyakyusa, Ngonde 191,000 1,585,000 Nyakyusa-Ngonde Christianity 92.00 % 13.00 % -
 Nyanja, Chewa 8,549,000 12,161,000 Chichewa Christianity 88.00 % 27.00 % -
Nyiha, Malawi 12,000 12,000 Nyiha, Malawi Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 % -
Nyika 6,000 16,000 Nyika Christianity 75.00 % 4.00 % -
 Portuguese 18,000 17,655,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
 Sena, Malawi 600,000 600,000 Sena, Malawi Christianity 58.00 % 12.00 % -
Senga 32,000 175,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 % -
 Shona 88,000 1,179,000 Shona Christianity 75.00 % 5.00 % -
 Swahili 3,600 1,791,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tonga 348,000 348,000 Tonga Christianity 97.00 % 15.00 % -
 Tumbuka 2,659,000 3,187,000 Tumbuka Christianity 97.00 % 14.00 % -
Yao, Christian 312,000 515,000 Yao Christianity 98.00 % 4.00 % -
 Yao, Muslim 1,947,000 2,739,000 Yao Islam 1.00 % 0.50 % 39
 Zulu 68,000 13,759,000 Zulu Christianity 96.00 % 15.00 % -
  Totals:  26 18,492,000         4 75.68 % 17.01 % 42 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 137,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 18,629,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Balaka 456,000
Blantyre 1,301,000
Chikwawa 587,000
Chiradzulu 371,000
Chitipa 244,000
Dedza 863,000
Dowa 803,000
Karonga 379,000
Kasungu 876,000
Likoma 15,000
Lilongwe 2,730,000
Machinga 764,000
Mangochi 1,194,000
Mchinji 626,000
Mulanje 711,000
Mwanza 136,000
Mzimba 1,203,000
Neno 144,000
Nkhata Bay 297,000
Nkhotakota 412,000
Nsanje 311,000
Ntcheu 686,000
Ntchisi 330,000
Phalombe 446,000
Rumphi 238,000
Salima 497,000
Thyolo 750,000
Zomba 885,000
Provinces:  28 18,255,000
UN Country Population 18,629,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 284,199,000 1,536.9 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 758,319,000 4,100.8 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 204,211,000 1,104.3 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 113,627,000 614.5 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
18,492,000
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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
Afrikaans afr 1 0 Complete Bible
Chichewa nya 2 0 Complete Bible
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Kacchi kfr 1 1 New Testament
Kokola kzn 1 0 New Testament
Lambya lai 1 0 New Testament
Lomwe, Malawi lon 1 0 Complete Bible
Malawian Sign Language lws 1 0 Translation Needed
Ndali ndh 1 0 Bible Portions
Nyakyusa-Ngonde nyy 1 0 Complete Bible
Nyiha, Malawi nyr 1 0 Translation Needed
Nyika nkv 1 0 Translation Needed
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Sena, Malawi swk 1 0 Complete Bible
Shona sna 1 0 Complete Bible
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Tonga tog 1 0 Complete Bible
Tumbuka tum 2 0 Complete Bible
Yao yao 2 1 Complete Bible
Zulu zul 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 23 26 4   13 15 20 18 10

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.0 %)
75.7 %
Ethnic Religions
8.2 %
Hinduism
0.2 %
Islam
15.4 %
Non-Religious
0.5 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
1.7 %
Independent
9.7 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.6 %
Roman Catholic
47.0 %
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

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Malawi Statistics
People Groups 26
Unreached People Groups 4  (15.4%)
Population 18,492,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 3.1%
Population in Unreached 2,016,000  (10.9%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 75.7%
Percent Evangelical 17.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.9%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 42
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 17%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code MI
Official Language(s) EnglishChichewa
Literacy Rate 66%
Estimated Illiterate Population 6,287,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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