Country: Malawi

Number of People Groups

26

People Groups Unreached

4 (15.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

18,989,000

Population in Unreached

2,070,000 (10.9%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

75.7%

% Evangelical

17.01%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.9%
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 3,600 4,417,000 Afrikaans Christianity 95.00 % 9.00 % -
 British 11,000 53,901,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
Deaf 191,000 47,601,000 Malawian Sign Language Christianity 76.00 % -
 French 1,800 50,319,000 French Christianity 62.00 % 1.00 % -
 Greek 5,400 10,234,000 Greek Christianity 92.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati 54,000 2,462,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Kachchi, Asian 13,000 161,000 Kacchi Islam 2.00 % 0.30 % 1
Kokola 319,000 490,000 Kokola Christianity 60.00 % 7.00 % -
 Lambya 72,000 201,000 Lambya Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 % -
Lomwe, Nguru 1,022,000 1,022,000 Lomwe, Malawi Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 % -
Ndali 102,000 519,000 Ndali Christianity 65.00 % 7.00 % -
 Ngoni, Malawi 1,963,000 1,963,000 Chichewa Christianity 64.00 % 5.00 % -
 Nyakyusa, Ngonde 196,000 1,631,000 Nyakyusa-Ngonde Christianity 92.00 % 13.00 % -
 Nyanja, Chewa 8,779,000 12,490,000 Chichewa Christianity 88.00 % 27.00 % -
Nyiha, Malawi 12,000 12,000 Nyiha, Malawi Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 % -
Nyika 6,200 16,000 Nyika Christianity 75.00 % 4.00 % -
 Portuguese 18,000 17,755,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
 Sena, Malawi 616,000 616,000 Sena, Malawi Christianity 58.00 % 12.00 % -
Senga 33,000 180,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 % -
 Shona 90,000 1,199,000 Shona Christianity 75.00 % 5.00 % -
 Swahili 3,700 1,836,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tonga 357,000 357,000 Tonga Christianity 97.00 % 15.00 % -
 Tumbuka 2,731,000 3,274,000 Tumbuka Christianity 97.00 % 14.00 % -
Yao, Christian 320,000 528,000 Yao Christianity 98.00 % 4.00 % -
 Yao, Muslim 1,999,000 2,815,000 Yao Islam 1.00 % 0.50 % 40
 Zulu 70,000 13,935,000 Zulu Christianity 96.00 % 15.00 % -
  Totals:  26 18,989,000         4 75.68 % 17.01 % 43 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 141,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 19,130,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Balaka 468,000
Blantyre 1,336,000
Chikwawa 603,000
Chiradzulu 381,000
Chitipa 251,000
Dedza 886,000
Dowa 825,000
Karonga 390,000
Kasungu 900,000
Likoma 16,000
Lilongwe 2,804,000
Machinga 785,000
Mangochi 1,226,000
Mchinji 643,000
Mulanje 730,000
Mwanza 140,000
Mzimba 1,236,000
Neno 148,000
Nkhata Bay 305,000
Nkhotakota 423,000
Nsanje 319,000
Ntcheu 704,000
Ntchisi 338,000
Phalombe 458,000
Rumphi 245,000
Salima 511,000
Thyolo 770,000
Zomba 909,000
Provinces:  28 18,750,000
UN Country Population 19,130,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,022,000 1,511.5 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,853,000 4,033.1 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 206,239,000 1,086.1 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,756,000 604.3 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
18,989,000



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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
Chichewa nya 2 0 Complete Bible
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Kacchi kfr 1 1 New Testament
Kokola kzn 1 0 New Testament
Lambya lai 1 0 New Testament
Lomwe, Malawi lon 1 0 Complete Bible
Malawian Sign Language lws 1 0 Translation Needed
Ndali ndh 1 0 Bible Portions
Nyakyusa-Ngonde nyy 1 0 Complete Bible
Nyiha, Malawi nyr 1 0 Translation Needed
Nyika nkv 1 0 Translation Needed
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Sena, Malawi swk 1 0 Complete Bible
Shona sna 1 0 Complete Bible
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Tonga tog 1 0 Complete Bible
Tumbuka tum 2 0 Complete Bible
Yao yao 2 1 Complete Bible
Zulu zul 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 23 26 4   13 15 20 18 10

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.0 %)
75.7 %
Ethnic Religions
8.2 %
Hinduism
0.2 %
Islam
15.4 %
Non-Religious
0.5 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
1.7 %
Independent
9.7 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.6 %
Roman Catholic
47.0 %
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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Malawi Statistics
People Groups 26
Unreached People Groups 4  (15.4%)
Population 18,989,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 3.1%
Population in Unreached 2,070,000  (10.9%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 75.7%
Percent Evangelical 17.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.9%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 43
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 17%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code MI
Official Language(s) EnglishChichewa
Literacy Rate 66%
Estimated Illiterate Population 6,456,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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