Country: Turkey

Number of People Groups

67

People Groups Unreached

45 (67.2%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

80,315,000

Population in Unreached

79,712,000 (99.2%)

Literacy Rate

95 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

0.6%

% Evangelical

0.04%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Abaza 13,000 71,000 Abaza Islam 0.20 % 0.00 %
 Abkhaz 158,000 311,000 Abkhaz Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Adyghe 336,000 653,000 Adyghe Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Alawite 531,000 2,064,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.03 % 0.01 %
 Albanian, Tosk 70,000 2,261,000 Albanian, Tosk Islam 30.00 % 0.55 %
 Americans, U.S. 24,000 190,291,000 English Christianity 77.00 % 29.00 %
 Arab, Iraqi 107,000 17,684,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Arab, Lebanese 1,204,000 11,648,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Arab, North Iraqi 545,000 9,100,000 Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Arab, Syrian 562,000 15,831,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 5.00 % 0.40 %
 Armenian 64,000 6,341,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 %
 Assyrian 27,000 669,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 95.00 % 2.91 %
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 566,000 18,992,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bosniak 107,000 2,838,000 Bosnian Islam 0.10 % 0.00 %
 British 37,000 51,834,000 English Christianity 61.00 % 8.00 %
 Bulgarian 7,100 7,101,000 Bulgarian Christianity 80.00 % 1.90 %
 Chechen 107,000 1,705,000 Chechen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Turkish Sign Language Islam 0.20 % 0.01 %
 Dutch 33,000 15,195,000 Dutch Christianity 92.00 % 7.70 %
 French 29,000 49,762,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 %
 Gagauzi Turk 5,100 177,000 Gagauz Christianity 90.00 % 2.00 %
Gajal, Gadzhal 17,000 17,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Georgian 160,000 3,252,000 Georgian Islam 3.00 % 0.50 %
 German 51,000 64,238,000 German, Standard Christianity 65.00 % 2.10 %
 Greek 3,900 10,798,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 40,000 858,190,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 6.00 % 5.70 %
 Hemshin 21,000 21,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Herki 41,000 103,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.30 % 0.00 %
Hertevin 1,200 1,200 Hertevin Christianity 100.00 % 0.00 %
 Hungarian 800 11,567,000 Hungarian Christianity 89.00 % 2.80 %
 Italian 1,800 37,782,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 %
 Jew, Spanish 16,000 60,000 Ladino Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Jew, Turkish 5,300 49,000 Turkish Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kabardian 1,128,000 1,870,000 Kabardian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Karakalpak 78,000 873,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kazakh, Qazaqi 8,100 14,441,000 Kazakh Islam 0.10 % 0.03 %
 Kumyk 1,600 437,000 Kumyk Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kurd, Kurmanji 8,529,000 15,011,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.01 % 0.00 %
 Kurd, Turkish-Speaking 6,039,000 6,039,000 Turkish Islam 0.01 % 0.00 %
 Kyrgyz 1,600 4,853,000 Kyrgyz Islam 5.00 % 0.70 %
 Laz, Lazuri 99,000 101,000 Laz Islam 2.00 % 0.20 %
 Lezgin 3,200 658,000 Lezgi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Macedonian 44,000 1,908,000 Macedonian Christianity 65.00 % 0.20 %
Ossetic 39,000 588,000 Ossetic Islam 6.00 % 0.30 %
 Persian 656,000 40,630,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.30 % 0.10 %
 Pomak 361,000 465,000 Bulgarian Islam 2.00 % 0.40 %
 Pontic Greek 341,000 746,000 Pontic Islam 5.00 % 0.00 %
 Romani, Balkan 70,000 1,249,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 4.50 % 0.50 %
 Romani, Domari 33,000 3,340,000 Domari Islam 1.00 % 0.20 %
 Romanian 9,600 20,395,000 Romanian Christianity 97.00 % 5.40 %
 Russian 35,000 133,741,000 Russian Christianity 68.00 % 1.20 %
 Serb 9,300 8,990,000 Serbian Christianity 80.00 % 0.60 %
 Shikaki 25,000 53,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Spaniard 1,100 28,653,000 Spanish Christianity 65.00 % 1.00 %
 Syrian Aramaic, Turoyo 70,000 146,000 Turoyo Christianity 88.00 % 0.90 %
 Tatar 27,000 6,363,000 Tatar Islam 0.50 % 0.00 %
 Tatar, Crimean 106,000 592,000 Crimean Tatar Islam 0.05 % 0.01 %
 Turk 55,348,000 59,375,000 Turkish Islam 0.01 % 0.00 %
 Turk, Meskhetian 21,000 178,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Turkmen 1,500 7,826,000 Turkmen Islam 1.50 % 0.00 %
 Urdu 23,000 1,776,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Uyghur 900 11,900,000 Uyghur Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Uzbek, Southern 4,000 3,152,000 Uzbek, Southern Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Yazidi 3,200 720,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Yoruk, Balkan Gagauz Turkish 444,000 449,000 Balkan Gagauz Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Zaza-Alevi 195,000 225,000 Zazaki, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Zaza-Dimli 1,667,000 1,667,000 Zazaki, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
  Totals:  67 80,315,000       45   0.58 % 0.04 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 103,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 80,418,000              
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Bible
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Abaza abq 1 1
Abkhaz abk 1 1 NT
Adyghe ady 1 1 NT
Albanian, Tosk als 1 0 Complete
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 3 3 Portions
Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken ayp 1 1
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic aii 1 0 Complete
Azerbaijani, South azb 1 1 Complete
Balkan Gagauz Turkish bgx 1 1
Bosnian bos 1 1 Complete
Bulgarian bul 2 1 Complete
Chechen che 1 1 Complete
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete
Crimean Tatar crh 1 1 Complete
Domari rmt 1 1
Dutch nld 1 0 Complete
English eng 2 0 Complete
French fra 1 0 Complete
Gagauz gag 1 0 NT
Georgian kat 1 1 Complete
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete
Greek ell 1 0 Complete
Hertevin hrt 1 0
Hungarian hun 1 0 Complete
Italian ita 1 0 Complete
Kabardian kbd 1 1 NT
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 NT
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete
Kumyk kum 1 1 NT
Kurdish, Northern kmr 4 4 Complete
Kyrgyz kir 1 1 Complete
Ladino lad 1 1 Complete
Laz lzz 1 1
Lezgi lez 1 1 Portions
Macedonian mkd 1 0 Complete
Ossetic oss 1 0 Complete
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete
Pontic pnt 1 1
Romani, Balkan rmn 1 1 Complete
Romanian ron 1 0 Complete
Russian rus 1 0 Complete
Serbian srp 1 0 Complete
Spanish spa 1 0 Complete
Tatar tat 1 1 Complete
Turkish tur 6 6 Complete
Turkish Sign Language tsm 1 1
Turkmen tuk 1 1 NT
Turoyo tru 1 0 NT
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete
Uyghur uig 1 1 NT
Uzbek, Southern uzs 1 1 Portions
Zazaki, Northern kiu 1 1
Zazaki, Southern diq 1 1
Totals: 55 67 45   23 34 44 48 21

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.0 %)
0.6 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
96.3 %
Non-Religious
3.1 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
2.9 %
Independent
1.4 %
Orthodox
56.6 %
Other Christian
1.5 %
Protestant
6.8 %
Roman Catholic
14.7 %
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 67
Unreached People Groups 45  (67.2%)
Population 80,315,000
Population in Unreached 79,712,000  (99.2%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1,622 to 1,708
Urbanization 73%
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code TU
Official National Language Turkish
Literacy Rate 95%
Estimated Illiterate Population 4,016,000
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 0.6%
Percent Evangelical 0.0%
Country Progress Level 1
Persecution Ranking 37 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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