Country: Ethiopia

Number of People Groups

128

People Groups Unreached

37 (28.9%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

123,061,000

Population in Unreached

35,623,000 (28.9%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

58.36%

% Evangelical

17.97%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.3%
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 *
 Aari 508,000 508,000 Aari Ethnic Religions 48.00 % 46.53 % -
 Afar 2,101,000 2,722,000 Afar Islam 0.90 % 0.01 % 42
 Alaba 408,000 408,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 2.60 % 1.40 % 8
 Ale 138,000 138,000 Ale Christianity 55.00 % 45.02 % -
 Americans, U.S. 2,300 195,898,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 % -
 Amhara 25,199,000 25,791,000 Amharic Christianity 97.00 % 1.13 % -
 Amhara, Wollo 6,331,000 6,331,000 Amharic Islam 2.90 % 0.20 % 127
 Anywaa 167,000 301,000 Anuak Christianity 84.00 % 59.48 % -
 Arab 2,000 742,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 8.00 % 1.00 % -
 Arab, Sudanese 21,000 18,303,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Arab, Yemeni 6,100 8,614,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arbore 12,000 12,000 Arbore Ethnic Religions 1.30 % 1.30 % 1
 Argobba 221,000 221,000 Argobba Islam 4.60 % 1.40 % 4
 Armenian 800 5,945,000 Armenian, Western Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 % -
 Awi 995,000 995,000 Awngi Christianity 96.00 % 0.23 % -
Baiso, Gedicho 9,600 9,600 Baiso Christianity 88.00 % 63.04 % -
 Banna 47,000 47,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.30 % 1
 Basketo 137,000 137,000 Basketo Christianity 94.00 % 62.92 % -
 Bench 619,000 619,000 Bench Christianity 73.00 % 65.69 % -
 Berta, Benishangul 330,000 585,000 Berta Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 7
Birale Unknown Unknown Tsamai Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 0
 Bodi 12,000 12,000 Me'en Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 3.85 % -
 Boro, Shinasha 84,000 84,000 Borna Christianity 99.00 % 9.60 % -
 British 2,100 53,788,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Burji 126,000 164,000 Burji Islam 42.00 % 38.00 % -
Chara 23,000 23,000 Chara Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.90 % 1
 Chinese, general 41,000 15,816,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 Daasanach 84,000 108,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 1.00 % 2
Daats'iin 400 400 Daats'iin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Dawro 951,000 951,000 Dawro Christianity 92.00 % 53.23 % -
 Deaf 1,233,000 49,091,000 Ethiopian Sign Language Christianity 60.68 % 18.50 % -
 Dime 6,800 6,800 Dime Christianity 87.00 % 33.70 % -
 Dirasha 114,000 114,000 Dirasha Christianity 82.00 % 55.31 % -
 Dizi 64,000 64,000 Dizin Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.46 % -
 Dorze 41,000 41,000 Dorze Christianity 86.00 % 36.00 % -
 French 1,000 50,354,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 0.60 % -
 Gamo 1,938,000 1,938,000 Gamo Christianity 85.00 % 49.14 % -
 Ganza 800 4,700 Ganza Islam 3.00 % 2.50 % -
Gayil 75,000 75,000 Gayil Christianity 62.00 % 46.50 % -
 Gedeo 1,728,000 1,728,000 Gedeo Christianity 85.00 % 77.94 % -
Girirra 54,000 54,000 Girirra Islam 5.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Gofa 635,000 635,000 Gofa Christianity 88.00 % 61.02 % -
 Greek 1,000 10,503,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani 3,700 3,412,000 Gujarati Hinduism 2.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Gumuz, Kamashi 282,000 385,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 20.11 % -
Gumuz, Mandura-Dibate 198,000 198,000 Gumuz Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 7.90 % -
Gurage, Enneqour 198,000 198,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 70.00 % 2.00 % -
Gurage, Geta / Geto 148,000 148,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 65.00 % 4.30 % -
Gurage, Gumer 170,000 170,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 65.00 % 9.30 % -
Gurage, Indegagn 104,000 104,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 90.00 % 2.80 % -
 Gurage, Inor 356,000 356,000 Inor Islam 40.00 % 7.40 % -
Gurage, Izha 180,000 180,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 80.00 % 2.30 % -
 Gurage, Kistane 286,000 286,000 Kistane Christianity 90.00 % 3.30 % -
Gurage, Muher 186,000 186,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 75.00 % 0.50 % -
 Gurage, West, Chala 246,000 246,000 Sebat Bet Gurage Christianity 80.00 % 12.90 % -
 Gwama 12,000 12,000 Gwama Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hadiyya 2,248,000 2,248,000 Hadiyya Christianity 89.00 % 75.83 % -
 Hamar 81,000 81,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 1.30 % 2
 Harari 54,000 54,000 Harari Islam 0.30 % 0.05 % 1
Hozo 8,100 8,100 Hozo Islam 9.00 % 4.50 % -
 Italian 1,000 37,757,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jew, Ethiopian 4,700 86,000 Amharic Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 3.30 % -
 K'abeena 92,000 92,000 Alaba-K'abeena Islam 3.00 % 1.07 % 2
 Kachama, Ganjule 4,500 4,500 Kachama-Ganjule Christianity 80.00 % 76.79 % -
 Kafa 1,178,000 1,178,000 Kafa Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.00 % -
 Kambata 901,000 901,000 Kambaata Christianity 93.00 % 79.94 % -
 Karo 2,600 2,600 Karo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.67 % -
 Kemant 233,000 233,000 Amharic Christianity 90.00 % 0.30 % -
Komo 15,000 48,000 Komo Islam 5.00 % 2.60 % -
 Konso 451,000 452,000 Konso Christianity 61.00 % 48.82 % -
Konta 146,000 146,000 Dawro Christianity 80.00 % 47.10 % -
 Koore 275,000 275,000 Koorete Christianity 94.00 % 86.17 % -
 Kunama 8,500 169,000 Kunama Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.62 % -
Kunfal 4,300 4,300 Awngi Christianity 100.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kwegu 3,500 3,500 Kwegu Ethnic Religions 44.00 % 39.80 % -
 Maaban 4,900 85,000 Mabaan Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 1.00 % -
 Majang 64,000 64,000 Majang Christianity 84.00 % 73.42 % -
 Male 164,000 164,000 Male Ethnic Religions 29.00 % 19.52 % -
 Mao, Northern 4,100 4,100 Ma'we's Aas'e' Islam 4.80 % 1.50 % 1
 Maraqo 138,000 138,000 Libido Islam 29.00 % 12.34 % -
Me'en 265,000 268,000 Me'en Christianity 56.00 % 53.64 % -
Melo 27,000 27,000 Melo Christianity 65.00 % 56.20 % -
 Mesqan 440,000 440,000 Mesqan Islam 10.00 % 4.70 % -
Mosiye 34,000 34,000 Mositacha Christianity 95.00 % 51.49 % -
 Murle 2,600 177,000 Murle Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 18.11 % -
 Mursi 13,000 13,000 Mursi Ethnic Religions 11.00 % 5.30 % -
Nao 17,000 17,000 Nayi Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.41 % -
Negedbeher, Weyto 2,200 2,200 Amharic Islam 4.40 % 0.67 % 1
 Nuer 273,000 1,666,000 Nuer Christianity 93.00 % 88.00 % -
 Nyangatom 44,000 55,000 Nyangatom Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 28.70 % -
 Opo 3,100 9,600 Opo Christianity 60.00 % 46.26 % -
 Oromo, Anfillo 700 700 Oromo, West Central Islam 20.00 % 4.50 % -
 Oromo, Arsi 6,771,000 6,774,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 10.00 % 3.80 % -
 Oromo, Bale 2,239,000 2,239,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 1.50 % 0.07 % 45
 Oromo, Borana 1,496,000 1,780,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 1.30 % 30
 Oromo, Gabra 55,000 200,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Oromo, Guji 1,912,000 1,912,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Christianity 70.00 % 56.00 % -
 Oromo, Hararghe 7,551,000 7,551,000 Oromo, Eastern Islam 5.00 % 0.05 % 151
 Oromo, Jima 3,911,000 3,911,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 2.00 % 1.30 % 78
 Oromo, Kereyu 106,000 106,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 2.50 % 1.50 % 2
 Oromo, Tulema / Selale 9,147,000 9,203,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 85.00 % 15.00 % -
 Oromo, Wellega / Mecha 8,320,000 8,432,000 Oromo, West Central Christianity 82.00 % 44.40 % -
 Oromo, Yejju 620,000 620,000 Oromo, West Central Islam 1.30 % 0.40 % 12
Oyda 79,000 79,000 Oyda Christianity 74.00 % 59.85 % -
 Russian 1,000 134,085,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 % -
 Saho, Irob 56,000 191,000 Saho Christianity 86.00 % 0.65 % -
Seze 18,000 18,000 Seze Islam 25.00 % 9.30 % -
 Shabo 500 500 Majang Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 % 1
Shekka 136,000 136,000 Shekkacho Christianity 70.00 % 64.00 % -
 Sheko 64,000 64,000 Sheko Christianity 80.00 % 69.14 % -
 Sidama 5,193,000 5,193,000 Sidamo Christianity 95.00 % 86.12 % -
 Silt'e 1,647,000 1,647,000 Silt'e Islam 2.00 % 0.09 % 33
 Somali 7,813,000 25,526,000 Somali Islam 0.14 % 0.03 % 156
Somali, Garre 61,000 61,000 Somali Islam 0.26 % 0.26 % 1
 Suri, Kacipo-Balesi 3,700 7,800 Suri, Kacipo-Bale Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Suri, Tirmaga-Chai 49,000 49,000 Suri, Tirmaga-Chai Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 2.40 % -
Tembaro 173,000 173,000 Kambaata Christianity 95.00 % 76.52 % -
 Tigray, Tigrinya 7,579,000 9,580,000 Tigrigna Christianity 96.00 % 0.05 % -
 Toposa 20,000 349,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tsamai 29,000 29,000 Tsamai Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.70 % 1
 Turkana 57,000 1,367,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.70 % 1
 Uduk 27,000 62,000 Uduk Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 3.00 % -
 Wolaitta 2,988,000 2,988,000 Wolaytta Christianity 98.00 % 71.08 % -
 Wolane 126,000 126,000 Wolane Islam 3.40 % 0.10 % 3
 Ximre 422,000 422,000 Xamtanga Christianity 98.00 % 1.02 % -
Yem 281,000 281,000 Yemsa Christianity 58.00 % 8.65 % -
 Zay 31,000 31,000 Zay Christianity 80.00 % 0.65 % -
 Zayse 31,000 31,000 Zayse Christianity 82.00 % 77.67 % -
  Totals:  128 123,061,000         37 58.36 % 17.97 % 723 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 319,000                
  UN Country Population (2022) 123,380,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Addis Abeba 4,099,000
Afar 2,158,000
Amhara 25,550,000
Benshangul-Gumaz 1,259,000
Dire Dawa 551,000
Gambela Peoples 512,000
Harari People 291,000
Oromia 42,195,000
Somali 6,829,000
Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples 22,888,000
Tigray 6,332,000
Provinces:  11 112,664,000
UN Country Population 123,380,000
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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
Aari aiw 1 0 Complete Bible
Afar aar 1 1 Complete Bible
Alaba-K'abeena alw 2 2 New Testament
Ale gwd 1 0 Bible Portions
Amharic amh 5 2 Complete Bible
Anuak anu 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1 Bible Portions
Arbore arv 1 1 Translation Started
Argobba agj 1 1 Translation Started
Armenian, Western hyw 1 0 Complete Bible
Awngi awn 2 0 New Testament
Baiso bsw 1 0 Translation Started
Basketo bst 1 0 New Testament
Bench bcq 1 0 New Testament
Berta wti 1 1 Bible Portions
Borna bwo 1 0 New Testament
Burji bji 1 0 New Testament
Chara cra 1 1 Translation Started
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Daasanach dsh 1 1 New Testament
Daats'iin dtn 1 1 Translation Needed
Dawro dwr 2 0 Complete Bible
Dime dim 1 0 Translation Started
Dirasha gdl 1 0 Bible Portions
Dizin mdx 1 0 Bible Portions
Dorze doz 1 0 Translation Started
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
Ethiopian Sign Language eth 1 0 Bible Portions
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gamo gmv 1 0 Complete Bible
Ganza gza 1 0 Translation Needed
Gayil gyl 1 0 Translation Started
Gedeo drs 1 0 New Testament
Girirra gii 1 1 Translation Needed
Gofa gof 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Gumuz guk 2 0 New Testament
Gwama kmq 1 1 Bible Portions
Hadiyya hdy 1 0 Complete Bible
Hamer-Banna amf 2 2 New Testament
Harari har 1 1 Bible Portions
Hozo hoz 1 0 Unspecified
Inor ior 1 0 Bible Portions
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kachama-Ganjule kcx 1 0 Translation Needed
Kafa kbr 1 0 Complete Bible
Kambaata ktb 2 0 New Testament
Karo kxh 1 0 Translation Started
Kistane gru 1 0 Bible Portions
Komo xom 1 0 Bible Portions
Konso kxc 1 0 New Testament
Koorete kqy 1 0 New Testament
Kunama kun 1 0 Complete Bible
Kwegu xwg 1 0 Translation Started
Libido liq 1 0 Unspecified
Ma'we's Aas'e' myf 1 1 Unspecified
Mabaan mfz 1 0 Complete Bible
Majang mpe 2 1 New Testament
Male mdy 1 0 Complete Bible
Me'en mym 2 0 Bible Portions
Melo mfx 1 0 New Testament
Mesqan mvz 1 0 Unspecified
Mositacha dox 1 0 Translation Started
Murle mur 1 0 New Testament
Mursi muz 1 0 Translation Started
Nayi noz 1 0 Translation Started
Nuer nus 1 0 Complete Bible
Nyangatom nnj 1 0 Bible Portions
Opo lgn 1 0 Translation Started
Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji gax 6 4 Complete Bible
Oromo, Eastern hae 1 1 New Testament
Oromo, West Central gaz 5 2 Complete Bible
Oyda oyd 1 0 New Testament
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Saho ssy 1 0 Bible Portions
Sebat Bet Gurage sgw 7 0 Complete Bible
Seze sze 1 0 Unspecified
Shekkacho moy 1 0 New Testament
Sheko she 1 0 Bible Portions
Sidamo sid 1 0 Complete Bible
Silt'e stv 1 1 Bible Portions
Somali som 2 2 Complete Bible
Suri, Kacipo-Bale koe 1 1 Translation Started
Suri, Tirmaga-Chai suq 1 0 Bible Portions
Tigrigna tir 1 0 Complete Bible
Toposa toq 1 1 Bible Portions
Tsamai tsb 2 2 Bible Portions
Turkana tuv 1 1 Complete Bible
Uduk udu 1 0 New Testament
Wolane wle 1 1 Translation Started
Wolaytta wal 1 0 Complete Bible
Xamtanga xan 1 0 New Testament
Yemsa jnj 1 0 New Testament
Zay zwa 1 0 Translation Started
Zayse zay 1 0 Bible Portions
Totals: 98 128 37   14 44 62 84 17
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Ethiopia Statistics
People Groups 128
Unreached People Groups 37  (28.9%)
Population 123,061,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.4%
Population in Unreached 35,623,000  (28.9%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 58.4%
Percent Evangelical 18.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.3%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 723
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 21%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code ET
Official Language(s) Amharic
Literacy Rate 52%
Estimated Illiterate Population 59,069,000
Persecution Ranking 38 (1=Highest) Open Doors
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