Country: Ethiopia

Number of People Groups

113

People Groups Unreached

33 (29.2%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

101,697,000

Population in Unreached

20,850,000 (20.5%)

Literacy Rate

39 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

60.3%

% Evangelical

17.21%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Aari 416,000 416,000 Aari Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 %
 Afar 1,832,000 2,728,000 Afar Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Americans, U.S. 1,600 188,908,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 %
 Amhara 28,513,000 28,924,000 Amharic Christianity 84.50 % 1.10 %
Anfillo 5,000 5,000 Anfillo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 %
 Anuak, Yambo 128,000 230,000 Anuak Christianity 84.00 % 59.50 %
 Arab 1,400 790,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 1.00 %
 Arab, Sudanese 15,000 18,965,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 %
 Arab, Yemeni 4,300 7,413,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arbore, Erbore 10,000 10,000 Arbore Ethnic Religions 1.30 % 1.30 %
 Argobba 202,000 202,000 Argobba Islam 4.60 % 1.50 %
 Armenian 500 6,319,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 %
 Awi 913,000 913,000 Awngi Christianity 99.50 % 0.20 %
Baiso 7,900 7,900 Baiso Christianity 88.00 % 63.00 %
 Basketo 112,000 112,000 Basketo Christianity 94.00 % 62.00 %
Begi-Mao 30,000 30,000 Hozo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 %
 Bench 505,000 505,000 Bench Christianity 73.00 % 65.70 %
 Berta, Benishangul 299,000 525,000 Berta Islam 2.00 % 1.50 %
Birale 100 100 Ongota Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.00 %
 British 1,500 51,498,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
 Burji 103,000 130,000 Burji Christianity 72.00 % 38.00 %
Bussa, Dobase 28,000 28,000 Bussa Christianity 95.00 % 51.50 %
Chara 19,000 19,000 Chara Ethnic Religions 1.90 % 1.90 %
 Chinese, general 29,000 8,847,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 %
 Daasanach 69,000 89,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 %
Daats'iin 300 300 Daats'iin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Dawuro 772,000 772,000 Dawro Christianity 92.00 % 53.00 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Ethiopian Sign Language Christianity 65.00 % 19.70 %
Dime 1,300 1,300 Dime Christianity 87.00 % 33.70 %
 Dizi 50,000 50,000 Dizin Christianity 72.00 % 14.50 %
 Dorze 54,000 54,000 Dorze Christianity 86.00 % 1.00 %
 French 700 49,530,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 0.60 %
 Gamo 1,584,000 1,584,000 Gamo Christianity 85.00 % 49.00 %
 Ganza 500 4,000 Ganza Ethnic Religions 2.60 % 2.50 %
 Garre 11,000 894,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Gawwada 98,000 98,000 Ale Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 5.00 %
Gayil 73,000 73,000 Gayil Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 %
 Gedeo 1,399,000 1,399,000 Gedeo Christianity 85.00 % 78.00 %
 Gidole 59,000 59,000 Dirasha Christianity 82.00 % 50.70 %
Gofa 520,000 520,000 Gofa Christianity 88.00 % 61.00 %
 Greek 700 10,807,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani 2,600 2,219,000 Gujarati Hinduism 2.00 % 2.00 %
 Gumuz 260,000 351,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 20.00 %
Gurage, Innemor 289,000 289,000 Inor Christianity 44.00 % 5.80 %
 Gurage, Sebat Bet 1,535,000 1,535,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 64.00 % 8.30 %
 Gurage, Soddo 495,000 495,000 Kistane Christianity 90.00 % 7.00 %
Hadiyya 1,821,000 1,821,000 Hadiyya Christianity 89.00 % 75.80 %
 Halaba 334,000 334,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 2.60 % 1.50 %
 Hamer-Banna 106,000 106,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 0.60 %
 Hamir, Xamir 385,000 385,000 Xamtanga Christianity 98.00 % 1.00 %
 Harari, Adere 45,000 45,000 Harari Islam 0.30 % 0.01 %
 Irob, Saho 48,000 337,000 Saho Christianity 86.00 % 0.60 %
 Italian 700 37,741,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 %
 Jew, Ethiopian, Falasha 3,300 76,000 Amharic Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 3.30 %
 Kachama, Haruro 3,700 3,700 Kachama-Ganjule Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 11.60 %
 Kafa, Kafecho 1,241,000 1,241,000 Kafa Christianity 90.00 % 23.70 %
 Kambata 900,000 900,000 Kambaata Christianity 93.00 % 80.00 %
 Karo, Kerre 2,100 2,100 Karo Ethnic Religions 4.30 % 0.70 %
 Kebena 76,000 76,000 Kambaata Islam 3.00 % 1.00 %
 Kemant, Qimant 226,000 226,000 Amharic Christianity 90.00 % 0.10 %
 Kewama 22,000 22,000 Kwama Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 0.70 %
Koma 13,000 26,000 Komo Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 10.70 %
 Konso 359,000 361,000 Konso Christianity 61.00 % 48.80 %
 Koore 225,000 225,000 Koorete Christianity 94.00 % 86.00 %
 Kunama 7,000 314,000 Kunama Christianity 85.00 % 5.60 %
Kunfal 3,000 3,000 Awngi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 1.00 %
Kwegu 900 900 Kwegu Christianity 58.00 % 44.00 %
 Majangir 47,000 47,000 Majang Christianity 94.00 % 73.40 %
Male 140,000 140,000 Male Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 19.50 %
 Mao, Northern 22,000 22,000 Ma'we's Aas'e' Islam 4.80 % 2.60 %
 Marako 92,000 92,000 Libido Islam 29.00 % 12.30 %
Me'en, Mekan 215,000 218,000 Me'en Christianity 56.00 % 53.30 %
Melo 42,000 42,000 Melo Christianity 65.00 % 38.00 %
 Mesqan 208,000 208,000 Mesqan Islam 36.00 % 4.40 %
 Murle 2,100 150,000 Murle Christianity 67.00 % 18.00 %
 Mursi 11,000 11,000 Mursi Ethnic Religions 11.00 % 5.30 %
Nao 14,000 14,000 Nayi Christianity 60.00 % 0.90 %
 Nuer, Naath 212,000 2,289,000 Nuer Christianity 93.00 % 88.00 %
 Nyangatom 36,000 51,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 9.00 %
 Opuuo, Shita 2,300 6,300 T'apo Christianity 60.00 % 46.00 %
 Oromo, Arsi 5,677,000 5,680,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 7.00 % 3.40 %
 Oromo, Borana 1,226,000 1,413,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 %
 Oromo, Gujji 1,566,000 1,566,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Christianity 58.00 % 49.00 %
 Oromo, Hararghe 5,681,000 5,681,000 Oromo, Eastern Islam 0.50 % 0.01 %
 Oromo, Jimma 3,205,000 3,205,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 2.00 % 1.20 %
 Oromo, Karrayu 301,000 301,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 1.00 % 0.05 %
Oromo, Macha 6,817,000 6,916,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 65.00 % 39.00 %
 Oromo, Tulama 7,495,000 7,549,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 76.00 % 13.30 %
Oromo, Wallo 330,000 330,000 Amharic Islam 2.90 % 0.40 %
 Oromo, Yajju 103,000 103,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 1.30 % 0.20 %
Oyda 65,000 65,000 Oyda Christianity 74.00 % 60.00 %
 Russian 700 134,010,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 %
Seze 5,400 5,400 Sezo Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 0.40 %
 Shabo 900 900 Shabo Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 %
Shekkacho, Mocha 111,000 111,000 Shekkacho Christianity 90.00 % 64.00 %
Sheko 54,000 54,000 Sheko Christianity 80.00 % 69.00 %
 Shinasha 89,000 89,000 Borna Christianity 99.00 % 10.60 %
 Sidama 4,234,000 4,234,000 Sidamo Christianity 91.00 % 86.00 %
 Silti 1,341,000 1,341,000 Silt'e Islam 2.00 % 0.50 %
 Somali 6,579,000 19,582,000 Somali Islam 0.14 % 0.03 %
 Suri, Kacipo-Balesi 5,000 11,000 Kacipo-Balesi Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 %
 Surma, Suri 40,000 40,000 Suri Ethnic Religions 0.60 % 0.40 %
 Taposa 14,000 301,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tigrai, Tigrinya 6,435,000 8,674,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 0.30 %
Timbaro 141,000 141,000 Kambaata Christianity 95.00 % 76.50 %
 Tsamai 29,000 29,000 Tsamai Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 %
 Turkana 40,000 1,183,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.70 %
Weyto 2,300 2,300 Amharic Islam 4.40 % 1.20 %
 Wolaita 2,404,000 2,404,000 Wolaytta Christianity 98.00 % 71.00 %
Wolane 125,000 125,000 Wolane Islam 3.40 % 0.10 %
Yemma 229,000 229,000 Yemsa Christianity 58.00 % 8.64 %
 Zay 7,000 7,000 Zay Christianity 80.00 % 0.50 %
 Zayse, Zergulla 26,000 26,000 Zaysete Ethnic Religions 1.90 % 1.60 %
  Totals:  113 101,697,000       33   60.28 % 17.21 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 156,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 101,853,000              
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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
Aari aiw 1 0 NT
Afar aar 1 1 Complete
Alaba-K'abeena alw 1 1
Ale gwd 1 0
Amharic amh 5 2 Complete
Anfillo myo 1 0
Anuak anu 1 0 Complete
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 NT
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1
Arbore arv 1 1
Argobba agj 1 1
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete
Awngi awn 2 0 Portions
Baiso bsw 1 0
Basketo bst 1 0 NT
Bench bcq 1 0 NT
Berta wti 1 1
Borna bwo 1 0
Burji bji 1 0 NT
Bussa dox 1 0
Chara cra 1 1
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete
Daasanach dsh 1 1 NT
Daats'iin dtn 1 1
Dawro dwr 1 0 NT
Dime dim 1 0
Dirasha gdl 1 0
Dizin mdx 1 0 Portions
Dorze doz 1 0
English eng 2 0 Complete
Ethiopian Sign Language eth 1 0
French fra 1 0 Complete
Gamo gmv 1 0 NT
Ganza gza 1 0
Gayil gyl 1 0
Gedeo drs 1 0 NT
Gofa gof 1 0 NT
Greek ell 1 0 Complete
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete
Gumuz guk 1 0 NT
Hadiyya hdy 1 0 NT
Hamer-Banna amf 1 1
Harari har 1 1
Hozo hoz 1 0
Inor ior 1 0
Italian ita 1 0 Complete
Kachama-Ganjule kcx 1 0
Kacipo-Balesi koe 1 1
Kafa kbr 1 0 NT
Kambaata ktb 3 1 NT
Karo kxh 1 1
Kistane gru 1 0
Komo xom 1 0 Portions
Konso kxc 1 0 Complete
Koorete kqy 1 0 NT
Kunama kun 1 0 Complete
Kwama kmq 1 0
Kwegu xwg 1 0
Libido liq 1 0
Ma'we's Aas'e' myf 1 0
Majang mpe 1 0 Portions
Male mdy 1 0 Complete
Me'en mym 1 0 Portions
Melo mfx 1 0
Mesqan mvz 1 0
Murle mur 1 0 NT
Mursi muz 1 0
Nayi noz 1 0
Nuer nus 1 0 Complete
Nyangatom nnj 1 0
Ongota bxe 1 1
Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji gax 5 2 Complete
Oromo, Eastern hae 1 1 Complete
Oromo, West Central gaz 4 2 Complete
Oyda oyd 1 0
Russian rus 1 0 Complete
Saho ssy 1 0 Portions
Sebat Bet Gurage sgw 1 0 NT
Sezo sze 1 0
Shabo sbf 1 1
Shekkacho moy 1 0 Portions
Sheko she 1 0
Sidamo sid 1 0 Complete
Silt'e stv 1 1 Portions
Somali som 1 1 Complete
Suri suq 1 1 Portions
T'apo lgn 1 0
Tigrigna tir 1 0 Complete
Toposa toq 1 1 Portions
Tsamai tsb 1 1
Turkana tuv 1 1 NT
Wolane wle 1 1
Wolaytta wal 1 0 Complete
Xamtanga xan 1 0
Yemsa jnj 1 0 Portions
Zay zwa 1 0
Zaysete zay 1 1
Totals: 98 113 33   12 36 50 82 13

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.2 %)
60.3 %
Ethnic Religions
5.5 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
33.9 %
Non-Religious
0.3 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
3.6 %
Orthodox
66.6 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
27.7 %
Roman Catholic
2.2 %
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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Ethiopia Statistics
People Groups 113
Unreached People Groups 33  (29.2%)
Population 101,697,000
Population in Unreached 20,850,000  (20.5%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 33 to 66
Urbanization 19%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code ET
Official National Language Amharic
Literacy Rate 39%
Estimated Illiterate Population 62,035,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 60.3%
Percent Evangelical 17.2%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking 22 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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