Country: Netherlands

Number of People Groups

101

People Groups Unreached

21 (20.8%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

16,931,000

Population in Unreached

886,000 (5.2%)

Literacy Rate

98 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

47.2%

% Evangelical

4.25%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Afrikaner 15,000 4,146,000 Afrikaans Christianity 90.00 % 25.00 %
 Akan 18,000 4,975,000 Akan Christianity 60.00 % 3.00 %
 Albanian, Gheg 600 3,500,000 Albanian, Gheg Islam 2.00 % 1.00 %
 Albanian, Tosk 700 2,261,000 Albanian, Tosk Islam 14.00 % 0.30 %
 Algerian, Arabic-speaking 92,000 35,790,000 Arabic, Algerian Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.05 %
 Ambonese 51,000 367,000 Malay, Ambonese Christianity 85.00 % 45.00 %
 Americans, U.S. 16,000 190,291,000 English Christianity 77.00 % 28.90 %
 Amhara, Ethiopian 1,100 29,630,000 Amharic Christianity 81.00 % 1.00 %
 Anglo-Australian 3,100 18,034,000 English Christianity 70.00 % 14.00 %
 Anglo-Canadian 4,000 17,681,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 9.00 %
 Anglo-New Zealander 900 3,450,000 English Christianity 53.00 % 18.00 %
 Antillean Creole, Papiamentu 79,000 284,000 Papiamentu Christianity 85.00 % 6.00 %
 Arab, Egyptian 2,700 61,168,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 13.00 % 3.90 %
 Arab, Iraqi 6,000 17,684,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 1.60 % 0.20 %
 Arab, Lebanese 600 11,648,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 30.00 % 0.50 %
 Arab, Moroccan 46,000 22,238,000 Arabic, Moroccan Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.05 %
 Arab, Saudi - Najdi 600 16,235,000 Arabic, Najdi Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arab, Sudanese 700 19,397,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Arab, Syrian 8,300 15,831,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 6.00 % 0.10 %
 Arab, Tunisian 1,100 10,972,000 Arabic, Tunisian Spoken Islam 0.20 % 0.00 %
 Armenian 1,100 6,289,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 %
Austrian, Bavarian 4,100 14,563,000 Bavarian Christianity 85.00 % 0.30 %
 Belarusian 900 10,061,000 Belarusian Christianity 65.00 % 1.00 %
 Berber, Rif 160,000 1,804,000 Tarifit Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %
Black African, general 18,000 991,000 Dutch Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 %
 Bosniak 2,200 2,838,000 Bosnian Islam 0.50 % 0.02 %
Brazilian, White 6,500 96,735,000 Portuguese Christianity 88.00 % 24.00 %
 British 4,100 51,834,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 %
 Bulgarian 20,000 7,101,000 Bulgarian Christianity 75.00 % 1.50 %
 Cape Verdean 1,200 1,070,000 Kabuverdianu Christianity 95.00 % 6.60 %
 Chaldean 1,100 210,000 Chaldean Neo-Aramaic Christianity 80.00 % 1.00 %
 Chilean 900 16,721,000 Spanish Christianity 86.00 % 12.00 %
 Colombian, Mestizo 2,200 34,033,000 Spanish Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 %
Crioulo, Upper Guinea 14,000 478,000 Crioulo, Upper Guinea Christianity 70.00 % 4.00 %
 Croat 2,100 5,239,000 Croatian Christianity 95.00 % 0.40 %
 Czech 3,500 10,546,000 Czech Non-Religious 26.00 % 0.40 %
 Danish 3,000 5,295,000 Danish Christianity 85.00 % 3.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Sign Language of the Netherlands Christianity 49.00 % 0.01 %
 Dominicans 1,000 8,903,000 Spanish Christianity 90.00 % 9.00 %
 Dutch 13,969,000 15,195,000 Dutch Non-Religious 48.00 % 4.40 %
 Ecuadorian, Mestizo 700 13,162,000 Spanish Christianity 93.00 % 8.00 %
 Estonian 1,100 1,043,000 Estonian, Standard Non-Religious 40.00 % 3.00 %
 Eurasian, Euronesian 69,000 1,807,000 Dutch Christianity 85.00 % 2.00 %
 Filipino, Tagalog 4,300 36,602,000 Tagalog Christianity 92.00 % 12.30 %
 Finnish 2,600 5,172,000 Finnish Christianity 82.00 % 8.00 %
Fleming 30,000 6,590,000 Vlaams Christianity 65.00 % 2.00 %
 French 20,000 49,762,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 %
Frisian 463,000 513,000 Frisian Christianity 60.00 % 3.00 %
 Georgian 600 3,251,000 Georgian Christianity 87.00 % 1.00 %
 German 73,000 64,417,000 German, Standard Christianity 62.00 % 2.00 %
 German Swiss 2,300 4,978,000 German, Swiss Christianity 75.00 % 3.00 %
 Greek 13,000 10,713,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Gronings 639,000 639,000 Gronings Christianity 55.00 % 4.20 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 79,000 77,696,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 7.00 % 6.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 30,000 858,191,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 %
 Han Chinese, Wu 2,300 92,293,000 Chinese, Wu Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 %
 Hungarian 11,000 11,567,000 Hungarian Christianity 88.00 % 2.80 %
 Hutu, Rwandese 1,700 11,519,000 Kinyarwanda Christianity 84.00 % 18.00 %
 Indonesian 12,000 6,685,000 Indonesian Islam 16.00 % 6.00 %
Irish 5,200 8,049,000 English Christianity 95.00 % 0.90 %
 Italian 28,000 37,782,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.10 %
 Japanese 5,300 124,775,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.00 % 0.30 %
 Javanese 35,000 17,678,000 Javanese Islam 20.00 % 1.00 %
 Javanese, Caribbean 8,700 99,000 Javanese, Suriname Islam 18.00 % 1.50 %
 Jew, Dutch 30,000 33,000 Dutch Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Korean 2,900 80,477,000 Korean Christianity 31.00 % 16.80 %
 Kurd, Kurmanji 75,000 15,021,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 1.00 % 0.40 %
 Latvian 3,600 1,481,000 Latvian, Standard Christianity 58.00 % 7.00 %
 Lithuanian 5,000 2,875,000 Lithuanian Christianity 80.00 % 1.00 %
 Macedonian 900 1,908,000 Macedonian Christianity 70.00 % 0.20 %
 Malay 1,500 11,665,000 Malay Islam 1.00 % 0.50 %
 Mexican 1,900 104,449,000 Spanish Christianity 92.00 % 3.00 %
 Norwegian 2,200 4,762,000 Norwegian Christianity 95.00 % 4.00 %
 Persian 4,500 40,627,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 3.00 % 0.20 %
 Peruvian 1,000 24,804,000 Spanish Christianity 92.00 % 10.00 %
 Polish 101,000 41,875,000 Polish Christianity 90.00 % 0.30 %
 Portuguese 19,000 17,301,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 %
Romani, Dutch 23,000 23,000 Dutch Christianity 60.00 % 3.00 %
 Romani, Sinte 1,300 231,000 Romani, Sinte Christianity 70.00 % 2.00 %
 Romani, Vlax 500 1,125,000 Romani, Vlax Christianity 70.00 % 3.00 %
 Romanian 12,000 20,395,000 Romanian Christianity 95.00 % 2.00 %
 Russian 7,200 133,967,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 %
 Sarnami Hindi, East Indian 144,000 1,122,000 Hindustani, Sarnami Hinduism 3.00 % 0.30 %
 Serb 2,300 8,990,000 Serbian Christianity 84.00 % 0.50 %
 Slovak 4,500 5,046,000 Slovak Christianity 94.00 % 1.00 %
 Slovene 1,000 1,940,000 Slovene Christianity 54.00 % 0.00 %
 Somali 3,000 20,079,000 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 South Asian, general 223,000 10,458,000 Hindi Hinduism 4.00 % 1.00 %
 Spaniard 26,000 28,653,000 Spanish Christianity 77.00 % 1.00 %
 Surinamese Creole, Sranan 5,500 167,000 Sranan Christianity 80.00 % 3.00 %
 Swedish 4,000 8,841,000 Swedish Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 %
 Syrian Aramaic, Turoyo 3,600 146,000 Turoyo Christianity 99.00 % 0.60 %
 Tajik 3,200 8,958,000 Tajiki Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Thai, Central 5,300 20,359,000 Thai Buddhism 0.40 % 0.20 %
 Tigre, Eritrean 3,300 1,218,000 Tigre Islam 0.09 % 0.05 %
 Turk 79,000 59,475,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Ukrainian 3,900 37,772,000 Ukrainian Christianity 72.00 % 2.00 %
Venezualans 800 29,860,000 Spanish Christianity 86.00 % 4.00 %
 Vietnamese 2,300 84,970,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 10.00 % 1.80 %
Walloon 8,800 3,654,000 Walloon Christianity 85.00 % 2.00 %
Yugoslav former, general 14,000 105,000 Serbian Christianity 70.00 % 1.00 %
  Totals:  101 16,931,000       21   47.20 % 4.25 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 102,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 17,033,000              
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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
Akan aka 1 0 Complete Bible
Albanian, Gheg aln 1 1 New Testament
Albanian, Tosk als 1 0 Complete Bible
Amharic amh 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Algerian Spoken arq 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Egyptian Spoken arz 1 0 New Testament
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1
Arabic, Moroccan Spoken ary 1 1 Complete Bible
Arabic, Najdi Spoken ars 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 2 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Tunisian Spoken aeb 1 1 Bible Portions
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Bavarian bar 1 0 Complete Bible
Belarusian bel 1 0 Complete Bible
Bosnian bos 1 1 Complete Bible
Bulgarian bul 1 0 Complete Bible
Chaldean Neo-Aramaic cld 1 0 New Testament
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Wu wuu 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Yue yue 1 0 Complete Bible
Crioulo, Upper Guinea pov 1 0 Complete Bible
Croatian hrv 1 0 Complete Bible
Czech ces 1 0 Complete Bible
Danish dan 1 0 Complete Bible
Dutch nld 5 1 Complete Bible
English eng 6 0 Complete Bible
Estonian, Standard ekk 1 0 Complete Bible
Finnish fin 1 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Frisian fry 1 0 Complete Bible
Georgian kat 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Swiss gsw 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gronings gos 1 0 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete Bible
Hindustani, Sarnami hns 1 1 New Testament
Hungarian hun 1 0 Complete Bible
Indonesian ind 1 0 Complete Bible
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Japanese jpn 1 1 Complete Bible
Javanese jav 1 0 Complete Bible
Javanese, Suriname jvn 1 0 New Testament
Kabuverdianu kea 1 0 Bible Portions
Kinyarwanda kin 1 0 Complete Bible
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Kurdish, Northern kmr 1 1 Complete Bible
Latvian, Standard lvs 1 0 Complete Bible
Lithuanian lit 1 0 Complete Bible
Macedonian mkd 1 0 Complete Bible
Malay zlm 1 1
Malay, Ambonese abs 1 0 Bible Portions
Norwegian nor 1 0 Complete Bible
Papiamentu pap 1 0 Complete Bible
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Polish pol 1 0 Complete Bible
Portuguese por 2 0 Complete Bible
Romani, Sinte rmo 1 0 Complete Bible
Romani, Vlax rmy 1 0 New Testament
Romanian ron 1 0 Complete Bible
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Serbian srp 2 0 Complete Bible
Sign Language of the Netherlands dse 1 0
Slovak slk 1 0 Complete Bible
Slovene slv 1 0 Complete Bible
Somali som 1 1 Complete Bible
Spanish spa 8 0 Complete Bible
Sranan srn 1 0 Complete Bible
Swedish swe 1 0 Complete Bible
Tagalog tgl 1 0 Complete Bible
Tajiki tgk 1 1 Complete Bible
Tarifit rif 1 1 New Testament
Thai tha 1 1 Complete Bible
Tigre tig 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Turoyo tru 1 0 New Testament
Ukrainian ukr 1 0 Complete Bible
Vietnamese vie 1 0 Complete Bible
Vlaams vls 1 0 Bible Portions
Walloon wln 1 0 Bible Portions
Totals: 82 101 21   56 58 73 76 46

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.2 %)
47.2 %
Ethnic Religions
0.5 %
Hinduism
1.6 %
Islam
3.3 %
Non-Religious
47.1 %
Other / Small Religions
0.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.1 %
Independent
3.1 %
Orthodox
1.2 %
Other Christian
3.4 %
Protestant
33.0 %
Roman Catholic
57.5 %
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.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Netherlands. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Netherlands
  • Christian ministry in Netherlands
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Netherlands or Western Europe. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.

Netherlands Statistics
People Groups 101
Unreached People Groups 21  (20.8%)
Population 16,931,000
Population in Unreached 886,000  (5.2%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 33 to 54
Urbanization 90%
Continent Europe
Region Western Europe
10/40 Window No
Country Code NL
Official National Language Dutch
Secondary National Language English
Literacy Rate 98%
Estimated Illiterate Population 339,000
Primary Religion Non-Religious
Percent Christian Adherent 47.2%
Percent Evangelical 4.2%
Country Progress Level 4
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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