Country: Turkey

Number of People Groups

68

People Groups Unreached

45 (66.2%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

81,867,000

Population in Unreached

81,090,000 (99.1%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

0.7%

% Evangelical

0.04%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

1.2%
(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
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Abaza 13,000 72,000 Abaza Islam 0.20 % 0.00 %
 Abkhaz 161,000 305,000 Abkhaz Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Adyghe 342,000 667,000 Adyghe Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Alawite 541,000 2,030,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.03 % 0.01 % 10 
 Albanian, Tosk 72,000 2,289,000 Albanian, Tosk Islam 30.00 % 0.55 % -
 Americans, U.S. 25,000 190,729,000 English Christianity 77.00 % 29.00 % -
 Arab, Iraqi 109,000 16,771,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Arab, Lebanese 1,227,000 11,790,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 24 
 Arab, North Iraqi 555,000 9,560,000 Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 11 
 Arab, Syrian 573,000 16,759,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 5.00 % 0.40 % 11 
 Armenian 65,000 6,218,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 % -
 Assyrian 27,000 678,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 95.00 % 2.91 % -
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 576,000 19,467,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 11 
 Bosniak 109,000 2,739,000 Bosnian Islam 0.10 % 0.00 %
 British 37,000 52,418,000 English Christianity 61.00 % 8.00 % -
 Bulgarian 7,200 7,095,000 Bulgarian Christianity 80.00 % 1.90 % -
 Chechen 109,000 1,707,000 Chechen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Turkish Sign Language Islam 0.20 % 0.01 %
 Dutch 33,000 15,211,000 Dutch Christianity 92.00 % 7.70 % -
 French 29,000 50,070,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 % -
 Gagauzi Turk 5,100 176,000 Gagauz Christianity 90.00 % 2.00 % -
Gajal, Gadzhal 18,000 18,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Georgian 163,000 3,407,000 Georgian Christianity 55.00 % 0.50 % -
 German 51,000 65,525,000 German, Standard Christianity 65.00 % 2.10 % -
 Greek 3,900 10,846,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 41,000 871,449,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 6.00 % 5.70 % -
 Hemshin 22,000 24,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Herki 42,000 104,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.30 % 0.00 %
Hertevin 1,200 1,200 Hertevin Christianity 100.00 % 0.00 % -
 Hungarian 800 11,498,000 Hungarian Christianity 89.00 % 2.80 % -
 Italian 1,800 37,471,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jew, Spanish 16,000 61,000 Ladino Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Jew, Turkish 5,400 50,000 Turkish Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kabardian 1,149,000 1,955,000 Kabardian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 22 
 Karachai 20,000 250,000 Karachay-Balkar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Karakalpak 2,000 838,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kazakh, Qazaqi 8,300 15,562,000 Kazakh Islam 0.10 % 0.03 %
 Kumyk 1,600 439,000 Kumyk Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kurd, Kurmanji 8,698,000 15,421,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 173 
 Kurd, Turkish-Speaking 6,151,000 6,151,000 Turkish Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 123 
 Kyrgyz 1,600 4,890,000 Kyrgyz Islam 5.00 % 0.70 %
 Laz, Lazuri 100,000 102,000 Laz Islam 2.00 % 0.20 %
 Lezgin 3,200 659,000 Lezgi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Macedonian 45,000 1,911,000 Macedonian Christianity 65.00 % 0.20 % -
 Ossetic 40,000 569,000 Ossetic Islam 6.00 % 0.30 % -
 Persian 668,000 41,124,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.30 % 0.10 % 13 
 Pomak 367,000 472,000 Bulgarian Islam 2.00 % 0.40 %
 Pontic Greek 347,000 760,000 Pontic Islam 5.00 % 0.00 %
 Romani, Balkan 72,000 1,221,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 4.50 % 0.50 %
 Romani, Domari 34,000 3,445,000 Domari Islam 1.00 % 0.20 %
 Romanian 9,800 20,773,000 Romanian Christianity 97.00 % 5.40 % -
 Russian 35,000 133,840,000 Russian Christianity 68.00 % 1.20 % -
 Serb 9,500 8,375,000 Serbian Christianity 80.00 % 0.60 % -
 Shikaki 25,000 54,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Spaniard 1,200 28,857,000 Spanish Christianity 65.00 % 1.00 % -
 Syrian Aramaic, Turoyo 72,000 148,000 Turoyo Christianity 88.00 % 0.90 % -
 Tatar 28,000 6,421,000 Tatar Islam 0.50 % 0.00 %
 Tatar, Crimean 108,000 601,000 Crimean Tatar Islam 0.05 % 0.01 %
 Turk 56,481,000 60,506,000 Turkish Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 1129 
 Turk, Meskhetian 22,000 180,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Turkmen 1,600 8,426,000 Turkmen Islam 1.50 % 0.00 %
 Urdu 24,000 1,828,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Uyghur 900 12,128,000 Uyghur Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Uzbek, Southern 4,100 4,152,000 Uzbek, Southern Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Yazidi 3,200 711,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Yoruk 452,000 457,000 Balkan Gagauz Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Zaza-Alevi 199,000 229,000 Zazaki, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Zaza-Dimli 1,698,000 1,698,000 Zazaki, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 33 
  Totals:  68 81,867,000       45   0.68 % 0.04 % 1,627 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 50,000                
  UN Country Population (2018) 81,917,000                

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Peoples
Population
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Unreached
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Country:   81,867,000 68 45 66.2 % 81,090,000 99.1 % 0
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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
Abkhaz abk 1 1 New Testament
Adyghe ady 1 1 New Testament
Albanian, Tosk als 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 3 3 Bible Portions
Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken ayp 1 1
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
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
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
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
Lezgi lez 1 1 Bible Portions
Macedonian mkd 1 0 Complete Bible
Ossetic oss 1 0 Complete Bible
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Pontic pnt 1 1
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
Turkmen tuk 1 1 Complete Bible
Turoyo tru 1 0 New Testament
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 New Testament
Uzbek, Southern uzs 1 1 Bible Portions
Zazaki, Northern kiu 1 1
Zazaki, Southern diq 1 1
Totals: 56 68 45   30 36 46 49 21

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.0 %)
0.7 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
96.1 %
Non-Religious
3.1 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
2.5 %
Independent
1.2 %
Orthodox
62.9 %
Other Christian
1.3 %
Protestant
5.9 %
Roman Catholic
12.6 %
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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Turkey Statistics
People Groups 68
Unreached People Groups 45  (66.2%)
Population 81,867,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.0%
Population in Unreached 81,090,000  (99.1%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1,627
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 0.7%
Percent Evangelical 0.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 1.2%
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 73%
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code TU
Official Language(s) Turkish
Literacy Rate 95%
Estimated Illiterate Population 4,093,000
Persecution Ranking 31 (1=High to 50=Low OD)


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