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Sri Lanka – People Groups
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People Groups
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Population Indig % Evangel % Adherent Least Reached Progress Scale Primary Religion Primary Language Pho Map Txt
Adi Dravida1,343,000Y0.20 %Y1 HinduismTamilP
Adi Dravida
M
Adi Dravida of Sri Lanka
 
Agamudaiyan175,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismTamilP
Agamudaiyan
M
Agamudaiyan of Sri Lanka
 
Ambalavasi655,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismMalayalam M
Ambalavasi of Sri Lanka
 
Arab1,2000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamArabic, Mesopotamian SpokenP
Arab
 T
Baloch, Eastern800Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamBalochi, SouthernP
Baloch, Eastern
M
Baloch, Eastern of Sri Lanka
T
Bania95,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismGujaratiP
Bania
M
Bania of Sri Lanka
T
Bania, Agarwal20,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismGujaratiP
Bania, Agarwal
M
Bania, Agarwal of Sri Lanka
T
Bania, Mahajan1,300Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismLanguage unknown M
Bania, Mahajan of Sri Lanka
T
Bania, Mahesri1,900Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismMarwariP
Bania, Mahesri
M
Bania, Mahesri of Sri Lanka
 
Bania, Porwal1,800Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismMarwariP
Bania, Porwal
M
Bania, Porwal of Sri Lanka
T
Bharathar1,600Y82.00 %3 ChristianityMalayalam M
Bharathar of Sri Lanka
 
Bohra1,900Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamGujaratiP
Bohra
M
Bohra of Sri Lanka
T
Brahmin88,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismTamilP
Brahmin
M
Brahmin of Sri Lanka
T
Burgher6,100Y100.00 %3 ChristianitySinhalaP
Burgher
  
Burmese6000.00 %0.00 %Y1 BuddhismBurmeseP
Burmese
 T
DeafY1.20 %8.38 %2 BuddhismSri Lankan Sign Language   
Divehi, Maldivian200Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamMaldivian   
Faqir1,300Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismTeluguP
Faqir
M
Faqir of Sri Lanka
 
Han Chinese, Mandarin5000.00 %0.00 %Y1 BuddhismChinese, MandarinP
Han Chinese, Mandarin
 T
Japanese4,0002.00 %Y1 BuddhismJapaneseP
Japanese
  
Kuravan1,400Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismTamilP
Kuravan
M
Kuravan of Sri Lanka
T
Malay, Javar66,0000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamSri Lankan Creole MalayP
Malay, Javar
M
Malay, Javar of Sri Lanka
T
Malayali26,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismTamilP
Malayali
M
Malayali of Sri Lanka
 
Mappila4,700Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamMalayalamP
Mappila
  
Maravan120,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismTamilP
Maravan
M
Maravan of Sri Lanka
 
Mauritian80037.00 %2 HinduismLanguage unknown   
Memon1,800Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamGujaratiP
Memon
M
Memon of Sri Lanka
T
Parsee1,3000.00 %0.00 %Y1 Other / SmallGujaratiP
Parsee
 T
Pashtun, Northern1,600Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamPashto, NorthernP
Pashtun, Northern
  
Rodiya8,300Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 BuddhismSinhala  T
Sinhalese10,681,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 BuddhismSinhalaP
Sinhalese
M
Sinhalese of Sri Lanka
T
Sri Lanka Chetti5,800Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismTelugu   
Sri Lankan Moor397,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamTamilP
Sri Lankan Moor
M
Sri Lankan Moor of Sri Lanka
T
Tamil (Christian traditions)382,000Y100.00 %3 ChristianityLanguage unknownP
Tamil (Christian traditions)
  
Tamil (Hindu traditions)4,636,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismTamilP
Tamil (Hindu traditions)
 T
Tamil (Muslim traditions)1,223,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamTamilP
Tamil (Muslim traditions)
M
Tamil (Muslim traditions) of Sri Lanka
T
Vaddar (Hindu traditions)149,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismTeluguP
Vaddar (Hindu traditions)
M
Vaddar (Hindu traditions) of Sri Lanka
T
Veddah2,400Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 Other / SmallVeddahP
Veddah
 T
Vellalan337,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismTamil M
Vellalan of Sri Lanka
T
Viswakarma125,000Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismTamilP
Viswakarma
M
Viswakarma of Sri Lanka
T
Waggai3,800Y0.00 %0.00 %Y1 HinduismTelugu   
Total People Groups:   41 20,573,000 34     36     31 24 23
Unclassified / Other Individuals 238,000  
UN Country Population (2016) 20,811,000  
Other reported groups:  22  
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Sri Lanka – People Progress

% of People Groups [1]
 
% of Population in People Group [1] [2]
 
Progress Level Peoples % of Peoples Population % of Population [2]
  1 - Unreached 36 87.8 % 20,183,000 98.1 %
  2 - Minimally reached 2 4.9 % 800 0.0 %
  3 - Superficially reached 3 7.3 % 390,000 1.9 %
  4 - Partially reached 0 0.0 % 0 0.0 %
  5 - Significantly reached 0 0.0 % 0 0.0 %
Totals 41   20,573,000  


NOTES:
  1. Small Values: Values less than .3% are not shown on pie charts for labeling clarity.
  2. % of Population in People Group:  The percentage of the population that lives in a people group at each progress level. Not every person living in an unreached people group is necessarily unreached.
Sri Lanka – People Photos   *** Note:  Only people groups with photos available are displayed here.***
 

Adi Dravida
1,343,000


Agamudaiyan
175,000


Arab
1,200


Baloch, Eastern
800


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Bania
95,000


Bania, Agarwal
20,000


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Bania, Mahesri
1,900


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Bania, Porwal
1,800


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Bohra
1,900


Brahmin
88,000


Burgher
6,100


Burmese
600


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Faqir
1,300


Han Chinese, Mandarin
500


Japanese
4,000


Kuravan
1,400


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Malay, Javar
66,000


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Malayali
26,000


Mappila
4,700


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Maravan
120,000


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Memon
1,800


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Parsee
1,300


Pashtun, Northern
1,600


Sinhalese
10,681,000


Sri Lankan Moor
397,000


Tamil (Christian traditions)
382,000


Tamil (Hindu traditions)
4,636,000


Tamil (Muslim traditions)
1,223,000


Vaddar (Hindu traditions)
149,000


Veddah
2,400


Viswakarma
125,000

Sri Lanka People Photos   *** Note:  Only people groups with photos available are displayed here.***
Sri Lanka – Languages
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Language
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Language
Code
# Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Bible
Status
Bible
Locator
Audio NT
Online
Jesus
Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spokenacm11None
Balochi, Southernbcc11NT
Burmesemya11Complete
Chinese, Mandarincmn11Complete
Gujaratiguj55Complete
Japanesejpn11Complete
Language unknownxxx31None
Malayalammal32Complete
Maldiviandiv11Portions
Marwarirwr22NT
Pashto, Northernpbu11Complete
Sinhalasin32Complete
Sri Lankan Creole Malaysci11Need?
Sri Lankan Sign Languagesqs10Need?
Tamiltam1111Complete
Telugutel44Complete
Veddahved11Need?
Totals: 17 41 36   12 8 13 13 7
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Sri Lanka – Religions
Major Religions [1] [3]
Evangelicals: 0.0 %
(subset of Christianity)
 
% Evangelical and % Professing Christian Trends [4]

NOTES:
  1. Major Religions: Each People Group's population is multiplied by the Major Religion percentages for that people group. Results are summed for each Religion for all Peoples within the country.
  2. Christianity Segments: Each People Group's population is multiplied by the Christianity Segments percentages for that people group. Results are summed for each Christianity Segment for all peoples within the country.
  3. Small Values: Values less than .3% are not shown on pie charts for labeling clarity.
  4. % Evangelical and % Professing Christian Trends:  Source Operation World Editions 1986, 1993, 2001, 2010.
    Zero percent data values may mean unknown or unavailable.
Sri Lanka – Possible Ministry Involvement
  • Below are lists of ministries that may work in Sri Lanka. Ministries in the Sri Lanka section probably minister in this country. Ministries in the South Asia section only possibly minister in this country. The purpose of this information is to assist potential new missionaries connect with sending agencies and for general ministry networking. Click on the links below to visit ministry websites for further information. Visit the Power-Of-Connecting "Find a Network Tool" to find further networking information.
  • The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Omissions are not intentional, but occur simply from lack of data. Please contact us to suggest other ministries to include here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.
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Sri Lanka – Statistics, Prayer Cards, Maps and Links
 
Statistics
Population 20,573,000
Percent Urbanization 18 %
Total People Groups 41
Unreached People Groups 36
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Official National Language Sinhala
Secondary National LanguageEnglish
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Professing Christian 2.0%  [1]
Percent Evangelical Unknown  [2]
Country Progress Level 1
Persecution Ranking 45 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
Human Development Index 0.750 (0=Low to 1=High UN)

Links
Operation World
Window International Country Profile
Ethnologue Language Listing
State Department Religious Freedom Report
World Factbook

Notes
[1]  Calculated by summing the major religion data for the people groups in the country.
[2]  Calculated by summing the Evangelical data for the people groups in the country.
 
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