Country: Panama

Number of People Groups

30

People Groups Unreached

2 (6.7%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

4,240,000

Population in Unreached

13,000 (0.3%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

88.2%

% Evangelical

21.58%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.5%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherents
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Americans, U.S. 166,000 191,655,000 English Christianity 80.00 % 28.90 % -
 Arab, Lebanese 8,000 8,992,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 % -
 Arab, Palestinian 8,500 11,006,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 25.00 % 3.00 % -
 Arab, Syrian 8,100 15,756,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 6.00 % 0.10 % -
 Bribri 1,200 15,000 Bribri Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 % -
 British 1,200 53,604,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Buglere, Bogota 20,000 20,000 Buglere Christianity 75.00 % 17.00 % -
 Deaf 21,000 46,963,000 Panamanian Sign Language Christianity 90.54 % -
 Embera, Northern 25,000 44,000 Embera, Northern Christianity 85.00 % 12.00 % -
Embera-Saija 500 5,200 Epena Christianity 60.00 % 0.50 % -
 French 42,000 50,163,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 Greek 3,400 10,263,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Guna, Paya-Pucuro Guna 1,000 3,700 Kuna, Border Christianity 70.00 % 4.00 % -
 Guna, San Blas Guna 92,000 92,000 Kuna, San Blas Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 4.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 33,000 79,348,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 9.00 % 6.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Hakka 28,000 44,243,000 Chinese, Hakka Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Min Nan 1,300 57,883,000 Chinese, Min Nan Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.00 % -
 Hindi, East Indian 15,000 1,468,000 Hindi Hinduism 10.00 % 0.50 % -
 Italian 21,000 38,273,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jamaicans 380,000 3,848,000 Jamaican Creole English Christianity 90.00 % 28.00 % -
 Japanese 2,100 124,384,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.50 % 0.50 % 1
 Jew, Spanish Speaking 11,000 296,000 Spanish Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Ngabe, Guaymi 298,000 302,000 Ngabere Christianity 92.00 % 4.00 % -
Panamanian, Black 185,000 185,000 Spanish Christianity 94.00 % 19.00 % -
 Panamanian, Mestizo 2,444,000 8,801,000 Spanish Christianity 95.00 % 26.15 % -
 Panamanian, Mulatto 246,000 246,000 Spanish Christianity 91.00 % 19.00 % -
 Part-Indian 124,000 413,000 Spanish Christianity 88.00 % 10.00 % -
 Spaniard 40,000 28,972,000 Spanish Christianity 77.00 % 1.00 % -
 Teribe, Naso 4,700 4,700 Teribe Christianity 65.00 % 9.00 % -
 Wounaan 8,400 17,000 Woun Meu Christianity 65.00 % 0.50 % -
  Totals:  30 4,240,000       2   88.18 % 21.58 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 6,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 4,246,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   4,240,000 30 2 6.7 % 13,000 0.3 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,169,000 6,820.0 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,931,000 17,781.4 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,922,000 4,738.7 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,286,000 2,742.6 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
4,240,000
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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
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 2 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, South Levantine Spoken ajp 1 0 Bible Portions
Bribri bzd 1 0 New Testament
Buglere sab 1 0 New Testament
Chinese, Hakka hak 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Min Nan nan 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Yue yue 1 0 Complete Bible
Embera, Northern emp 1 0 New Testament
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
Epena sja 1 0 New Testament
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 1 0 Complete Bible
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Jamaican Creole English jam 1 0 New Testament
Japanese jpn 1 1 Complete Bible
Kuna, Border kvn 1 0 New Testament
Kuna, San Blas cuk 1 0 Complete Bible
Ngabere gym 1 0 New Testament
Panamanian Sign Language lsp 1 0 Translation Needed
Spanish spa 6 1 Complete Bible
Teribe tfr 1 0 Complete Bible
Woun Meu noa 1 0 New Testament
Totals: 23 30 2   20 20 17 22 7

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 21.6 %)
88.2 %
Ethnic Religions
4.7 %
Hinduism
0.2 %
Islam
0.6 %
Non-Religious
4.7 %
Other / Small Religions
1.4 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
3.1 %
Independent
7.2 %
Orthodox
0.5 %
Other Christian
3.4 %
Protestant
17.1 %
Roman Catholic
63.4 %
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 Panama. 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 Panama
  • Christian ministry in Panama
  • 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 Panama or America, Latin. 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.

Panama Statistics
People Groups 30
Unreached People Groups 2  (6.7%)
Population 4,240,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.5%
Population in Unreached 13,000  (0.3%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 2
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 88.2%
Percent Evangelical 21.6%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.5%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 68%
Continent North America
Region America, Latin
10/40 Window No
Country Code PM
Official Language(s) Spanish
Literacy Rate 94%
Estimated Illiterate Population 254,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
Panama Maps
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Religious Freedom Report
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* An estimate of the number of pioneer workers needed for initial church planting among unreached people groups. Estimates are calculated only for unreached people groups and are based on ratio of 1 worker for every 50,000 individuals living in an unreached people group. Some workers may already be onsite. The country estimate is a summation of the unreached people group estimates. Many more workers are needed beyond this initial estimate.