Country: Eritrea

Number of People Groups

17

People Groups Unreached

9 (52.9%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

3,575,000

Population in Unreached

1,393,000 (39.0%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

50.85%

% Evangelical

2.65%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.6%
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 *
 Afar 284,000 2,587,000 Afar Islam 0.20 % 0.00 % 6
 Amhara 500 24,655,000 Amharic Christianity 60.00 % 1.10 % -
 Arab, Palestinian 15,000 11,044,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 0.04 % -
 Arab, Sudanese 33,000 17,548,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 1
 Arab, Yemeni 36,000 7,865,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.05 % 0.00 % 1
 Beja, Hedareb 201,000 2,609,000 Bedawiyet Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Bilen 116,000 116,000 Bilen Islam 31.00 % 1.00 % -
Dahalik 2,900 2,900 Dahalik Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Deaf 26,000 48,207,000 Language unknown Islam 47.31 % -
 Italian 1,000 38,333,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kunama 129,000 164,000 Kunama Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 10.00 % -
 Nara, Nialetic 56,000 56,000 Nara Islam 4.50 % 1.80 % 1
 Rashaida 51,000 177,000 Arabic, Hijazi Spoken Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % 1
 Saho, Irob 132,000 186,000 Saho Islam 30.00 % 0.25 % -
 Somali 1,800 24,163,000 Somali Islam 0.33 % 0.00 % 1
 Tigray, Tigrinya 1,763,000 9,198,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 4.47 % -
 Tigre, Eritrean 727,000 810,000 Tigre Islam 0.09 % 0.06 % 15
  Totals:  17 3,575,000         9 50.85 % 2.65 % 31 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 26,000                
  UN Country Population (2021) 3,601,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Anseba 534,000
Debub 881,000
Debubawi Keyih Bahri 238,000
Gash Barka 659,000
Maekel 628,000
Semenawi Keyih Bahri 535,000
Provinces:  6 3,475,000
UN Country Population 3,601,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 282,458,000 7,900.9 % 97.2 % 0.0 % 1.2 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 778,555,000 21,777.8 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.8 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 207,795,000 5,812.4 % 93.3 % 0.0 % 0.4 % 3.6 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 118,286,000 3,308.7 % 81.3 % 1.5 % 9.4 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.8 %
3,575,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Afar aar 1 1 Complete Bible
Amharic amh 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Hijazi Spoken acw 1 1 Unspecified
Arabic, South Levantine Spoken ajp 1 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1 Bible Portions
Bedawiyet bej 1 1 Bible Portions
Bilen byn 1 0 New Testament
Dahalik dlk 1 1 Translation Needed
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kunama kun 1 0 Complete Bible
Nara nrb 1 1 Translation Started
Saho ssy 1 0 Bible Portions
Somali som 1 1 Complete Bible
Tigre tig 1 1 Complete Bible
Tigrigna tir 1 0 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 0 Unspecified
Totals: 17 17 9   3 5 13 14 0

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.6 %)
50.9 %
Ethnic Religions
1.5 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
45.8 %
Non-Religious
1.8 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
9.8 %
Orthodox
79.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.6 %
Roman Catholic
9.9 %
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

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Eritrea Statistics
People Groups 17
Unreached People Groups 9  (52.9%)
Population 3,575,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 1,393,000  (39.0%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 50.9%
Percent Evangelical 2.6%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.6%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 31
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 40%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code ER
Official Language(s) TigrignaEnglish
Literacy Rate 77%
Estimated Illiterate Population 822,000
Persecution Ranking 6 (1=Highest) Open Doors
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