Country: Zambia

Number of People Groups

74

People Groups Unreached

4 (5.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

18,349,000

Population in Unreached

97,000 (0.5%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

86.8%

% Evangelical

25.10%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.2%
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 *
 Afrikaner 101,000 4,417,000 Afrikaans Christianity 94.00 % 20.00 % -
Ambo 4,500 4,500 Lala-Bisa Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 % -
 Arab, Lebanese 3,800 7,855,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 % -
 Aushi 185,000 595,000 Aushi Christianity 90.00 % 24.00 % -
 Bemba 4,900,000 5,492,000 Bemba Christianity 97.00 % 35.00 % -
Bisa 366,000 366,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 British 12,000 53,901,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 % -
Bwile 103,000 125,000 Bwile Christianity 95.00 % 19.00 % -
Chokwe 114,000 3,148,000 Cokwe Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 % -
Cishinga 119,000 119,000 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 12.00 % -
Deaf 138,000 47,601,000 Zambian Sign Language Christianity 86.95 % -
 French 7,600 50,319,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 Greek 10,000 10,234,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati 43,000 2,462,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 51,000 881,849,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 % -
 Ila 180,000 180,000 Ila Christianity 60.00 % 17.00 % -
 Italian 13,000 38,270,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.10 % -
Iwa 7,800 7,800 Nyamwanga Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 % -
 Jew, English-speaking 3,400 6,251,000 English Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kabende 83,000 83,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 16.00 % -
Kaonde 381,000 454,000 Kaonde Christianity 90.00 % 28.00 % -
Kunda 58,000 252,000 Kunda Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 13.00 % -
 Kxoe, Xun 200 8,000 Khwedam Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
 Lala-Bisa 724,000 813,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 Lamba 366,000 402,000 Lamba Christianity 94.00 % 22.00 % -
Lamba-Lima 4,200 4,200 Lamba Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 Lambya, Rambia 18,000 201,000 Lambya Christianity 97.00 % 13.00 % -
 Lenje 237,000 237,000 Lenje Christianity 70.00 % 17.00 % -
Leya 18,000 18,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 2.00 % -
 Lozi 1,152,000 1,357,000 Lozi Christianity 83.00 % 19.00 % -
Luano 3,000 3,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 80.00 % 8.00 % -
 Luchazi 55,000 695,000 Luchazi Christianity 80.00 % 40.00 % -
Lunda, Luapula 220,000 220,000 Bemba Christianity 93.00 % 18.00 % -
 Lunda, Northwest 416,000 976,000 Lunda Christianity 88.00 % 21.00 % -
 Luvale 316,000 1,654,000 Luvale Christianity 60.00 % 26.00 % -
Luyana 4,800 4,800 Luyana Christianity 80.00 % 18.00 % -
 Mambwe-Lungu 383,000 936,000 Mambwe-Lungu Christianity 75.00 % 21.00 % -
 Masi 35,000 40,000 Mashi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 13.00 % -
Mbowe 800 800 Mbowe Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 8.00 % -
 Mbukushu 11,000 71,000 Mbukushu Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 % -
 Mbunda 153,000 473,000 Mbunda Christianity 50.00 % 27.00 % -
Mukulu 9,500 9,500 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 % -
 Ndebele 14,000 1,806,000 Ndebele Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 % -
 Nkoya, Lambya 65,000 65,000 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 25.00 % -
 Nsenga 749,000 1,017,000 Nsenga Christianity 89.00 % 18.00 % -
 Nyamwanga 250,000 492,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 % -
 Nyanja, Chewa 1,860,000 12,490,000 Chichewa Christianity 97.00 % 30.00 % -
 Nyiha, Tanzania 756,000 1,186,000 Nyiha, Tanzania Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 9.00 % -
Nyika 9,900 16,000 Nyika Christianity 75.00 % 4.00 % -
 Portuguese 5,200 17,755,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
Sala 43,000 43,000 Sala Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 11.00 % -
Senga 147,000 180,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 % -
 Serb 5,100 9,999,000 Serbian Christianity 80.00 % 0.60 % -
Shasha, Mashasha 2,200 2,200 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 6.00 % -
 Shona 40,000 1,199,000 Shona Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 % -
Simaa 9,200 9,200 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 9.00 % -
Simaa-Imilangu, Mdundulu 6,700 6,700 Simaa Christianity 75.00 % 14.00 % -
Simaa-Makoma 26,000 30,000 Simaa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 10.00 % -
Simaa-Mwenyi 8,500 8,500 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 12.00 % -
 Soli 63,000 63,000 Soli Christianity 55.00 % 18.00 % -
Subia 2,500 41,000 Kuhane Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 % -
 Swahili 46,000 1,836,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Swahili, Congo 44,000 47,000 Swahili, Congo Islam 16.00 % 3.00 % -
Swaka 70,000 70,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 84.00 % 18.00 % -
 Tabwa 51,000 1,133,000 Taabwa Christianity 63.00 % 14.00 % -
Tabwa, Shila 7,600 7,600 Taabwa Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 % -
 Toka 28,000 28,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 % -
 Tonga, Zambezi 2,433,000 2,701,000 Tonga Christianity 94.00 % 27.00 % -
Totela 2,100 2,100 Totela Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 6.00 % -
 Tumbuka 527,000 3,274,000 Tumbuka Christianity 87.00 % 20.00 % -
Tumbuka, Yombe 3,700 3,700 Tumbuka Christianity 90.00 % 3.00 % -
Unga 46,000 46,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 21.00 % -
 Yao, Muslim 5,000 2,815,000 Yao Islam 3.00 % 1.00 % 1
Yauma 13,000 55,000 Yauma Christianity 80.00 % 7.00 % -
  Totals:  74 18,349,000         4 86.81 % 25.10 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 35,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 18,384,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Central 1,795,000
Copperbelt 2,719,000
Eastern 2,018,000
Luapula 1,251,000
Lusaka 3,279,000
Muchinga 1,042,000
North-Western 929,000
Northern 1,473,000
Southern 1,906,000
Western 1,073,000
Provinces:  10 17,485,000
UN Country Population 18,384,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,022,000 1,564.2 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,853,000 4,173.8 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 206,239,000 1,124.0 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,756,000 625.4 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
18,349,000



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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
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Aushi auh 1 0 Translation Started
Bemba bem 6 0 Complete Bible
Bwile bwc 1 0 Translation Needed
Chichewa nya 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Cokwe cjk 1 0 Complete Bible
English eng 2 1 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Ila ilb 1 0 New Testament
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kaonde kqn 1 0 Complete Bible
Khwedam xuu 1 0 Bible Portions
Kuhane sbs 1 0 Translation Needed
Kunda kdn 1 0 New Testament
Lala-Bisa leb 5 0 New Testament
Lamba lam 2 0 Complete Bible
Lambya lai 1 0 New Testament
Lenje leh 1 0 Complete Bible
Lozi loz 1 0 Complete Bible
Luchazi lch 1 0 Complete Bible
Lunda lun 1 0 Complete Bible
Luvale lue 1 0 Complete Bible
Luyana lyn 1 0 Bible Portions
Mambwe-Lungu mgr 1 0 Complete Bible
Mashi mho 1 0 Bible Portions
Mbowe mxo 1 0 Translation Needed
Mbukushu mhw 1 0 New Testament
Mbunda mck 1 0 Complete Bible
Ndebele nde 1 0 Complete Bible
Nkoya nka 2 0 Complete Bible
Nsenga nse 1 0 New Testament
Nyamwanga mwn 2 0 Complete Bible
Nyiha, Tanzania nih 1 0 New Testament
Nyika nkv 1 0 Translation Needed
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Sala shq 1 0 Translation Needed
Serbian srp 1 0 Complete Bible
Shona sna 1 0 Complete Bible
Simaa sie 4 0 Bible Portions
Soli sby 1 0 Bible Portions
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Swahili, Congo swc 1 0 Complete Bible
Taabwa tap 2 0 New Testament
Tonga toi 3 0 Complete Bible
Totela ttl 1 0 Translation Needed
Tumbuka tum 3 0 Complete Bible
Yao yao 1 1 Complete Bible
Yauma yax 1 0 Bible Portions
Zambian Sign Language zsl 1 0 Translation Needed
Totals: 53 74 4   25 25 40 44 15

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.1 %)
86.8 %
Ethnic Religions
9.9 %
Hinduism
0.2 %
Islam
1.5 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
1.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.1 %
Independent
19.1 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
43.8 %
Roman Catholic
36.0 %
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.

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Zambia Statistics
People Groups 74
Unreached People Groups 4  (5.4%)
Population 18,349,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 3.1%
Population in Unreached 97,000  (0.5%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 86.8%
Percent Evangelical 25.1%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.2%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 4
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 44%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code ZA
Official Language(s) English
Literacy Rate 63%
Estimated Illiterate Population 6,789,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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