Language:  Swahili

Population of Groups Speaking

3,884,000

People Groups Speaking as Primary Language

39

Scripture Status

Audio Bible

Jesus Film

Gospel Recordings

Map Notes
Primary Language
(39 people groups)
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Photo People Group Country Population Progress Scale
 Arab Tanzania 278,000
 Arab, Kenyan Kenya 17,000
 Bajuni Kenya 98,000
 Bajuni Somalia 11,000
 Bajuni Tanzania 25,000
 Black African, general Canada 348,000
 Black African, general Germany 249,000
 Black African, general Italy 126,000
Jew, Swahili-speaking Tanzania 500
 Shirazi Tanzania 682,000
 Swahili United Arab Emirates 5,500
 Swahili Australia 12,000
 Swahili Denmark 1,000
 Swahili Burundi 14,000
 Swahili Congo, Democratic Republic of 57,000
 Swahili Comoros 1,200
 Swahili Greece 5,700
 Swahili New Zealand 1,600
 Swahili Saudi Arabia 420,000
 Swahili Sudan 26,000
 Swahili Libya 2,400
 Swahili Madagascar 5,900
 Swahili Mayotte 9,200
 Swahili Malawi 3,900
 Swahili Mozambique 24,000
 Swahili Reunion 26,000
 Swahili United Kingdom 15,000
 Swahili United States 61,000
 Swahili Rwanda 6,200
 Swahili South Africa 2,500
 Swahili Tanzania 83,000
 Swahili Uganda 5,400
 Swahili Zambia 48,000
 Swahili, Barawani Somalia 280,000
 Swahili, Coastal Kenya 14,000
 Swahili, Pemba Tanzania 55,000
 Swahili, Tumbatu Tanzania 90,000
 Swahili, Zanzibari Oman 56,000
 Swahili, Zanzibari Tanzania 721,000
  Totals:  39     35
Secondary Language
(7 people groups)
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Photo People Group Country Population Progress Scale
 Dahalo Kenya 3,200
 Dhaiso Tanzania 10,000
 Mushunguli Somalia 35,000
Safwa Tanzania 465,000
 Segeju Kenya 600
 Segeju Tanzania 21,000
 Zaramo Tanzania 1,323,000
  Totals:  7     6

Language Alternate Names
Af-Bajuun
Af-Chimwiini
al-Jaziira
Arab-Swahili
Bajun
Bajuni (Af-Bajuun)
Bajuni (Bajun)
Barawa
Barwaani
Bravanese
Chimbalazi
Chimwiini
Gunya
Hadimu
Kibajuni
Kimgao
Kimvita
Kishamba
Kisuaheli
Kisuahili
Kiswaheli
Kiswahili
Kiunguja
Malindi
Mbalazi
Miini
Mombasa
Mtang'ata
Mvita (Kimvita)
Mwiini
Mwini (Af-Chimwiini)
Ozi
Pemba (Hadimu)
Phemba
Shamba (Kishamba)
Siyu
Suahili
Swahili, Kenya
Swahili, Tanzania
Tambatu
Tikulu
Tikuu
T'ik'uu
Tukulu
Unguja (Kiunguja)
Zanzibar

Dialects
Amu
Bajuni
Baravenes
Changamwe
Chitundi
Faza
Fundi
Jomvu
Katwa
Kenya
Kilifi
Kilindini
Mambrui
Matondoni
Mgao
Mrima
Mtwapa
Mvita
Mwini
Ngare
Pate
Pemba
Shaka
Shamba
Siu
Tangana
Tanzania
Unguja
Vumba

Dialect Alternate Names
Af-bajuun
Af-chimwiini
Bajun
Baravanese
Barwaani
Bravanese
Chimbalazi
Chimwiini
Gunya
Hadimu
Kenya Swahili
Kibajuni
Kimvita
Kishamba
Kiswahili
Kiunguja
Mbalazi
Mombasa
Mwiini
Phemba
Siyu
Swahili
Swahili Pemba
Swahili Tanzania Mgao
Swahili Tanzania Mrima
Swahili, Baravenes
Swahili: Bajuni
Swahili: Kenya
Swahili: Mvita
Swahili: Shamba
Swahili: Tanzania
Swahili: Unguja
Tambatu
Tikulu
T'ik'uu
Tukulu
Unguja
Zanzibar


Bible Translation Year / Status
Bible Portions 1868-1968
New Testament 1879-1989
Complete Bible 1890-2017

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Resource Directories
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Format Resource (Direct link) Source (General link)
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible Stories Story Runners
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Swahili Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video Walk with Jesus video Jesus Film Project
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah Al Massira
General Zúme Training General / Other
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway scripture Bible Gateway
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version Super Bible / Comic Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Swahili YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Swahili YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Swahili YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Swahili Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press