Country: Turkey

Number of People Groups

68

People Groups Unreached

45 (66.2%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

83,373,000

Population in Unreached

82,586,000 (99.1%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

0.7%

% Evangelical

0.04%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

1.2%
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 *
 Abaza 14,000 73,000 Abaza Islam 0.20 % 0.00 % 1
 Abkhaz 163,000 304,000 Abkhaz Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 3
 Adyghe 347,000 679,000 Adyghe Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 7
 Alawite 548,000 1,942,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.03 % 0.01 % 11
 Albanian 73,000 5,150,000 Albanian, Gheg Islam 30.00 % 0.55 % -
 Americans, U.S. 25,000 191,659,000 English Christianity 77.00 % 29.00 % -
 Arab, Iraqi 111,000 16,419,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 2
 Arab, Lebanese 1,243,000 8,993,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 25
 Arab, North Iraqi 562,000 9,591,000 Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 11
 Arab, Syrian 580,000 15,765,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 5.00 % 0.40 % 12
 Armenian 66,000 6,562,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 % -
 Assyrian 28,000 721,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 95.00 % 2.91 % -
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 584,000 17,194,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 12
 Bosniak 111,000 2,641,000 Bosnian Islam 0.10 % 0.00 % 2
 British 38,000 53,604,000 English Christianity 61.00 % 8.00 % -
 Bulgarian 7,300 6,837,000 Bulgarian Christianity 80.00 % 1.90 % -
 Chechen 111,000 1,721,000 Chechen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Deaf 417,000 46,968,000 Turkish Sign Language Islam 0.21 % 8
 Dutch 34,000 15,292,000 Dutch Non-Religious 48.00 % 4.20 % -
 French 30,000 50,163,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 % -
 Gagauzi Turk 5,200 175,000 Gagauz Christianity 90.00 % 2.00 % -
Gajal, Gadzhal 18,000 18,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Georgian 165,000 3,458,000 Georgian Christianity 55.00 % 0.50 % -
 German 52,000 66,130,000 German, Standard Christianity 65.00 % 2.10 % -
 Greek 4,000 10,262,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 42,000 878,504,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 6.00 % 5.70 % -
 Hemshin 22,000 25,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Herki 42,000 105,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.30 % 0.00 % 1
Hertevin 1,300 1,300 Hertevin Christianity 100.00 % 0.00 % -
 Hungarian 800 11,463,000 Hungarian Christianity 89.00 % 2.80 % -
 Italian 1,800 38,273,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jew, Spanish 16,000 61,000 Ladino Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jew, Turkish 5,400 50,000 Turkish Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kabardian 1,164,000 1,977,000 Kabardian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 23
 Karachai 21,000 252,000 Karachay-Balkar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Karakalpak 2,100 790,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kazakh, Qazaqi 8,400 15,484,000 Kazakh Islam 0.10 % 0.03 % 1
 Kumyk 1,600 443,000 Kumyk Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kurd, Kurmanji 8,814,000 15,411,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 176
 Kurd, Turkish-Speaking 6,233,000 6,233,000 Turkish Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 125
 Kyrgyz 1,700 5,354,000 Kyrgyz Islam 5.00 % 0.70 % 1
 Laz, Lazuri 102,000 104,000 Laz Islam 2.00 % 0.20 % 2
 Lezgin 3,300 663,000 Lezgi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Macedonian 45,000 1,926,000 Macedonian Christianity 65.00 % 0.20 % -
 Ossetic 40,000 563,000 Ossetic Islam 6.00 % 0.30 % -
 Persian 677,000 41,266,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.30 % 0.10 % 14
 Pomak 372,000 474,000 Bulgarian Islam 2.00 % 0.40 % 7
 Pontic Greek 352,000 739,000 Pontic Islam 5.00 % 0.00 % 7
 Romani, Balkan 73,000 1,216,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 4.50 % 0.50 % 1
 Romani, Domari 34,000 3,462,000 Domari Islam 1.00 % 0.20 % 1
 Romanian 9,900 20,486,000 Romanian Christianity 97.00 % 5.40 % -
 Russian 36,000 134,030,000 Russian Christianity 68.00 % 1.20 % -
 Serb 9,600 8,274,000 Serbian Christianity 80.00 % 0.60 % -
 Shikaki 25,000 54,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Spaniard 1,200 28,972,000 Spanish Christianity 65.00 % 1.00 % -
 Syrian Aramaic, Turoyo 73,000 147,000 Turoyo Christianity 88.00 % 0.90 % -
 Tatar 28,000 5,950,000 Tatar Islam 0.50 % 0.00 % 1
 Tatar, Crimean 109,000 604,000 Crimean Tatar Islam 0.05 % 0.01 % 2
 Turk 57,235,000 61,293,000 Turkish Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 1,145
 Turk, Meskhetian 22,000 182,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Turkmen 1,600 8,168,000 Turkmen Islam 1.50 % 0.00 % 1
 Urdu 24,000 1,860,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Uyghur 900 12,299,000 Uyghur Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Uzbek, Southern 4,100 4,296,000 Uzbek, Southern Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Yazidi 2,700 710,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Yoruk 458,000 461,000 Balkan Gagauz Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 9
 Zaza-Alevi 198,000 228,000 Zazaki, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Zaza-Dimli 1,721,000 1,721,000 Zazaki, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 34
  Totals:  68 83,373,000         45 0.66 % 0.04 % 1,665 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 57,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 83,430,000                

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Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   83,373,000 68 45 66.2 % 82,586,000 99.1 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,167,000 346.8 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,926,000 904.3 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,921,000 241.0 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,285,000 139.5 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
83,373,000
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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
Abaza abq 1 1 Unspecified
Abkhaz abk 1 1 New Testament
Adyghe ady 1 1 New Testament
Albanian, Gheg aln 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 3 3 Bible Portions
Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken ayp 1 1 New Testament
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic aii 1 0 Complete Bible
Azerbaijani, South azb 1 1 Complete Bible
Balkan Gagauz Turkish bgx 1 1 Translation Needed
Bosnian bos 1 1 Complete Bible
Bulgarian bul 2 1 Complete Bible
Chechen che 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Crimean Tatar crh 1 1 Complete Bible
Domari rmt 1 1 Bible Portions
Dutch nld 1 0 Complete Bible
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gagauz gag 1 0 New Testament
Georgian kat 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Hertevin hrt 1 0 Unspecified
Hungarian hun 1 0 Complete Bible
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kabardian kbd 1 1 New Testament
Karachay-Balkar krc 1 1 New Testament
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 New Testament
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete Bible
Kumyk kum 1 1 New Testament
Kurdish, Northern kmr 4 4 Complete Bible
Kyrgyz kir 1 1 Complete Bible
Ladino lad 1 1 Complete Bible
Laz lzz 1 1 Unspecified
Lezgi lez 1 1 New Testament
Macedonian mkd 1 0 Complete Bible
Ossetic oss 1 0 Complete Bible
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Pontic pnt 1 1 Translation Needed
Romani, Balkan rmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Romanian ron 1 0 Complete Bible
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Serbian srp 1 0 Complete Bible
Spanish spa 1 0 Complete Bible
Tatar tat 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkish tur 6 6 Complete Bible
Turkish Sign Language tsm 1 1 Translation Needed
Turkmen tuk 1 1 Complete Bible
Turoyo tru 1 0 New Testament
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 Complete Bible
Uzbek, Southern uzs 1 1 New Testament
Zazaki, Northern kiu 1 1 Bible Portions
Zazaki, Southern diq 1 1 Bible Portions
Totals: 56 68 45   30 36 47 49 22

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.0 %)
0.7 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
96.1 %
Non-Religious
3.2 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
2.6 %
Independent
1.2 %
Orthodox
64.5 %
Other Christian
1.3 %
Protestant
6.1 %
Roman Catholic
12.9 %
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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Turkey Statistics
People Groups 68
Unreached People Groups 45  (66.2%)
Population 83,373,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.0%
Population in Unreached 82,586,000  (99.1%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1,665
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 0.7%
Percent Evangelical 0.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 1.2%
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 75%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, Central
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code TU
Official Language(s) Turkish
Literacy Rate 96%
Estimated Illiterate Population 3,335,000
Persecution Ranking 26 (1=High to 50=Low OD)

* 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.