Country: Eritrea

Number of People Groups

17

People Groups Unreached

9 (52.9%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

3,815,000

Population in Unreached

1,528,000 (40.1%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

50.48%

% Evangelical

2.59%

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 302,000 2,850,000 Afar Islam 0.20 % 0.00 % 6
 Amhara 500 27,147,000 Amharic Christianity 60.00 % 1.10 % -
 Arab, Palestinian 16,000 11,593,000 Arabic, Levantine Islam 8.00 % 0.04 % -
 Arab, Sudanese 35,000 18,599,000 Arabic, Sudanese Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 1
 Arab, Yemeni 38,000 8,985,000 Arabic, Ta'izzi-Adeni Islam ☀︎ 0.05 % 0.00 % 1
 Beja, Hedareb 213,000 2,859,000 Bedawiyet Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Bilen 123,000 123,000 Bilen Christianity 54.00 % 1.00 % -
 Dahalik 3,100 3,100 Dahalik Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Deaf 28,000 50,266,000 Language unknown Islam 47.31 % -
 Italian 1,100 37,639,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kunama 137,000 175,000 Kunama Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 10.00 % -
 Nara, Nialetic 60,000 60,000 Nara Islam 4.50 % 1.80 % 1
 Rashaida 55,000 193,000 Arabic, Hijazi Islam ☀︎ 0.01 % 0.01 % 1
 Saho, Irob 149,000 208,000 Saho Islam 30.00 % 0.25 % -
 Somali 1,900 26,949,000 Somali Islam 0.33 % 0.00 % 1
 Tigray, Tigrinya 1,834,000 10,006,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 4.47 % -
 Tigre, Eritrean 821,000 1,030,000 Tigre Islam ☀︎ 0.09 % 0.06 % 16
  Totals:  17 3,815,000         9 50.48 % 2.59 % 32 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 3,000                
  UN Country Population (2024) 3,818,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Anseba 573,000
Debub 947,000
Debubawi Keyih Bahri 255,000
Gash Barka 708,000
Maekel 675,000
Semenawi Keyih Bahri 575,000
Provinces:  6 3,733,000
UN Country Population 3,818,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
YouVersion
Bible
Resources
Faith Comes
By Hearing
Bible Resources
Jesus Film
Online
Global
Recordings
Resources
Gospel
Tract
Online
Afar aar 1 1 Complete Bible
Amharic amh 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Hijazi acw 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Levantine apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese apd 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Ta'izzi-Adeni 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   7 7 13 14 8
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  • Church planting agencies in Eritrea
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  • Urban ministries
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  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Eritrea Statistics
People Groups 17
Unreached People Groups 9  (52.9%)
Population 3,815,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 1,528,000  (40.1%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 50.5%
Percent Evangelical 2.6%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.6%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 32
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 877,000
Persecution Ranking 4 (1=Highest) Open Doors
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