Country: Turkmenistan

Number of People Groups

49

People Groups Unreached

29 (59.2%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

5,910,000

Population in Unreached

5,607,000 (94.9%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

3.8%

% Evangelical

0.11%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.1%
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 *
 Aimaq 245,000 2,042,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 5
 Armenian 84,000 6,607,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 4.00 % -
 Avar 900 839,000 Avar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Azerbaijani 50,000 9,861,000 Azerbaijani, North Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 1
 Baloch, Western 49,000 1,253,000 Balochi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bashkir 7,900 1,707,000 Bashkort Islam 7.00 % 1.00 % -
 Belarusian 5,000 9,979,000 Belarusian Christianity 71.00 % 1.30 % -
 Brahui 1,200 3,009,000 Brahui Islam 0.11 % 0.10 % 1
 Bulgarian 700 6,854,000 Bulgarian Christianity 80.00 % 1.90 % -
 Buriat, Russian 500 472,000 Buriat, Russia Buddhism 6.00 % 3.00 % -
 Chechen 1,000 1,721,000 Chechen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Chinese, general 2,900 15,621,000 Chinese, Mandarin Buddhism 3.30 % 2.00 % 1
 Chuvash 3,500 1,504,000 Chuvash Christianity 40.00 % 1.00 % -
 Dargin 3,000 459,000 Dargwa Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Deaf 45,000 46,968,000 Language unknown Islam 1.83 % 1
 Gagauzi Turk 500 175,000 Gagauz Christianity 74.00 % 10.00 % -
 Georgian 1,800 3,485,000 Georgian Christianity 79.00 % 1.50 % -
 German 1,900 66,128,000 German, Standard Christianity 66.00 % 2.10 % -
 Greek 700 10,261,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Jew, Russian 600 735,000 Russian Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Karakalpak 5,600 790,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kazakh 29,000 15,491,000 Kazakh Islam 0.80 % 0.00 % 1
 Korean 1,000 80,715,000 Korean Non-Religious 31.00 % 16.80 % -
 Kumyk 600 444,000 Kumyk Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kurd, Kurmanji 49,000 15,452,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 1
 Kyrgyz 1,400 5,355,000 Kyrgyz Islam 5.00 % 0.70 % 1
 Lak 4,400 176,000 Lak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Lezgin 18,000 662,000 Lezgi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Lithuanian 600 2,830,000 Lithuanian Christianity 85.00 % 1.10 % -
 Mari, Low 900 423,000 Mari, Meadow Christianity 92.00 % 0.20 % -
 Moldavian 3,200 3,884,000 Romanian Christianity 73.00 % 3.70 % -
 Mordvinian 3,900 106,000 Erzya Christianity 65.00 % 1.00 % -
 Ossetic 3,800 564,000 Ossetic Christianity 40.00 % 1.00 % -
 Pashtun, Northern 9,900 31,997,000 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pashtun, Southern 1,500 9,730,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Persian 16,000 41,265,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 1
 Polish 800 41,079,000 Polish Christianity 90.00 % 0.30 % -
 Russian 160,000 133,914,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 0.80 % -
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 700 1,548,000 Bengali Hinduism 5.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tabasaran 600 154,000 Tabasaran Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tajik 10,000 9,858,000 Tajik Islam 1.00 % 0.10 % 1
 Tatar 81,000 5,960,000 Tatar Islam 0.75 % 0.10 % 2
 Tatar, Crimean 1,600 606,000 Crimean Tatar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Turk 53,000 61,304,000 Turkish Islam 0.20 % 0.00 % 1
 Turkmen 4,510,000 7,798,000 Turkmen Islam 0.05 % 0.00 % 90
 Udmurt 600 581,000 Udmurt Christianity 56.00 % 10.00 % -
 Ukrainian 22,000 37,301,000 Ukrainian Christianity 79.00 % 3.80 % -
 Uyghur 2,300 12,299,000 Uyghur Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Uzbek, Northern 415,000 31,018,000 Uzbek, Northern Islam 0.20 % 0.00 % 8
  Totals:  49 5,910,000         29 3.85 % 0.11 % 130 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 32,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 5,942,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Ahal 872,000
Aşgabat 809,000
Balkan 514,000
Dashoguz 1,020,000
Lebap 1,237,000
Mary 1,372,000
Provinces:  6 5,824,000
UN Country Population 5,942,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 284,199,000 4,808.8 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 758,319,000 12,831.1 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 204,211,000 3,455.3 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 113,627,000 1,922.6 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
5,910,000
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Aimaq aiq 1 1 Translation Needed
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Avar ava 1 1 New Testament
Azerbaijani, North azj 1 1 Complete Bible
Balochi, Western bgn 1 1 Bible Portions
Bashkort bak 1 0 New Testament
Belarusian bel 1 0 Complete Bible
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Brahui brh 1 1 New Testament
Bulgarian bul 1 0 Complete Bible
Buriat, Russia bxr 1 0 Complete Bible
Chechen che 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Chuvash chv 1 0 Complete Bible
Crimean Tatar crh 1 1 Complete Bible
Dargwa dar 1 1 Bible Portions
Erzya myv 1 0 New Testament
Gagauz gag 1 0 New Testament
Georgian kat 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 New Testament
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete Bible
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Kumyk kum 1 1 New Testament
Kurdish, Northern kmr 1 1 Complete Bible
Kyrgyz kir 1 1 Complete Bible
Lak lbe 1 1 Bible Portions
Lezgi lez 1 1 New Testament
Lithuanian lit 1 0 Complete Bible
Mari, Meadow mhr 1 0 New Testament
Ossetic oss 1 0 Complete Bible
Pashto, Northern pbu 1 1 Complete Bible
Pashto, Southern pbt 1 1 Bible Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Polish pol 1 0 Complete Bible
Romanian ron 1 0 Complete Bible
Russian rus 2 1 Complete Bible
Tabasaran tab 1 1 New Testament
Tajik tgk 1 1 Complete Bible
Tatar tat 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkmen tuk 1 1 Complete Bible
Udmurt udm 1 0 Complete Bible
Ukrainian ukr 1 0 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 1 Unspecified
Uyghur uig 1 1 Complete Bible
Uzbek, Northern uzn 1 1 Complete Bible
Totals: 48 49 29   28 39 46 38 18

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.1 %)
3.8 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
94.1 %
Non-Religious
1.9 %
Other / Small Religions
0.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
1.5 %
Orthodox
88.5 %
Other Christian
0.6 %
Protestant
2.3 %
Roman Catholic
5.3 %
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.

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Turkmenistan Statistics
People Groups 49
Unreached People Groups 29  (59.2%)
Population 5,910,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.2%
Population in Unreached 5,607,000  (94.9%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 3.8%
Percent Evangelical 0.1%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.1%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 130
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 52%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, Central
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code TX
Official Language(s) TurkmenRussian
Literacy Rate 100%
Estimated Illiterate Population 0
Persecution Ranking 22 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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