Country: Laos

Number of People Groups

125

People Groups Unreached

97 (77.6%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

7,304,000

Population in Unreached

5,537,000 (75.8%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

3.73%

% Evangelical

2.52%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

6.8%
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 *
 Aheu Luang 600 2,200 Aheu Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 5.44 % -
 Akeu 3,200 16,000 Akeu Ethnic Religions 0.72 % 0.72 % 1
 Akha 117,000 682,000 Akha Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 2
 Alak 26,000 26,000 Alak Ethnic Religions 1.10 % 1.06 % 1
 Alu 7,300 15,000 Nisu, Eastern Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arem 800 900 Arem Ethnic Religions 1.60 % 1.52 % 1
 Bit 2,500 3,400 Bit Ethnic Religions 1.40 % 1.38 % 1
 Bo 4,200 4,200 Bo Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 4.40 % -
 Brao 27,000 39,000 Lave Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.76 % 1
 Bru, Eastern 23,000 116,000 Bru, Eastern Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.50 % 1
 Bru, Western 87,000 111,000 Bru, Western Buddhism 12.00 % 8.00 % -
 Burmese 5,100 32,284,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Cham, Western 600 326,000 Cham, Western Islam 0.31 % 0.31 % 1
 Chatong 800 800 Ta'oih, Lower Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Chepya 2,500 2,500 Chepya Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Chut-May 400 8,000 Chut Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 1.44 % 1
 Chut-Ruc 200 200 Chut Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Chut-Sach 200 200 Chut Ethnic Religions 2.60 % 2.60 % -
Con 2,300 2,300 Con Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Deaf 74,000 48,207,000 Laos Sign Language Buddhism 3.38 % 1
 Giay 7,400 75,000 Bouyei Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Halang 6,300 23,000 Halang Ethnic Religions 0.76 % 0.76 % 1
Halang Doan 3,200 6,800 Halang Doan Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 19,000 79,910,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 67,000 885,341,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 % -
 Hani 800 795,000 Hani Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Hmong Bua 1,900 96,000 Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Hmong Daw 401,000 2,108,000 Hmong Daw Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 % -
 Hmong Njua 217,000 767,000 Hmong Njua Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.00 % -
 Hung 3,800 4,700 Hung Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.50 % -
 Ir 6,200 6,200 Ir Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Iu Mien 34,000 1,692,000 Iu Mien Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 7.90 % -
 Jeh 12,000 76,000 Jeh Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.40 % -
 Jeng 9,000 9,000 Oy Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Kado 5,100 205,000 Kaduo Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Kanay 900 900 Pacoh Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 7.00 % -
Kasseng 1,700 1,700 Talieng Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 3.84 % -
 Katang, Northern 69,000 69,000 Katang, Northern Ethnic Religions 0.08 % 0.08 % 1
Katang, Southern 42,000 42,000 Katang, Southern Ethnic Religions 0.08 % 0.08 % 1
 Katu, Western 29,000 29,000 Katu, Western Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
 Khlor 9,000 9,000 Kriang Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.40 % 1
 Khmer 7,400 16,104,000 Khmer Buddhism 3.00 % 1.60 % 1
 Khmu 735,000 858,000 Khmu Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 9.00 % -
 Khua 4,600 10,000 Khua Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.20 % 1
 Khuen 13,000 18,000 Khuen Buddhism 0.06 % 0.06 % 1
 Kim Mun 7,100 559,000 Kim Mun Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
Kiorr 4,800 4,800 Kiorr Buddhism 1.00 % 0.60 % 1
 Kongsat 100 100 Khmu Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kri 1,100 1,100 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.63 % 0.63 % 1
 Kuan 900 900 Kuan Ethnic Religions 0.76 % 0.76 % 1
 Kui 48,000 505,000 Kuay Buddhism 1.00 % 0.90 % 1
 Kui Lung 5,000 5,000 Lahu Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 9.00 % -
 Lahu Aga 9,500 9,500 Lahu Ethnic Religions 8.50 % 7.90 % -
 Lahu Phu 3,900 592,000 Lahu Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 11.00 % -
 Lahu Shi 3,700 217,000 Lahu Shi Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 10.00 % -
 Lamet 23,000 23,000 Rmeet Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
 Lao 3,446,000 3,833,000 Lao Buddhism 3.50 % 2.00 % 69
 Lao Phuan 149,000 360,000 Phuan Buddhism 1.00 % 0.80 % 3
 Laopang 13,000 13,000 Laopang Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.11 % 1
 Laoseng 11,000 11,000 Tareng Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.50 % 1
 Laven 59,000 95,000 Laven Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Lawi 1,300 1,300 Lavi Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.33 % -
 Mal 37,000 42,000 Mal Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.80 % 1
 Maleng 600 1,800 Maleng Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 10.00 % -
 Mlabri Unknown 500 Mlabri Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Ngae 9,000 9,000 Kriang Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 3.50 % -
 Nguan 21,000 21,000 Khmu Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.85 % 1
 Nguon 800 3,100 Nguon Ethnic Religions 2.40 % 2.36 % -
 Nung 1,500 1,095,000 Nung Ethnic Religions 0.70 % 0.60 % 1
 Nyahon 9,300 9,300 Nyaheun Ethnic Religions 0.75 % 0.75 % 1
 Nyaw 18,000 99,000 Nyaw Buddhism 0.01 % 0.01 % 1
 O-Du 600 1,000 O'du Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Oy 24,000 24,000 Oy Buddhism 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
 Pacoh 23,000 42,000 Pacoh Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pala 5,800 5,800 Akha Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Phana 600 5,900 Phana' Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Phu Thai 226,000 1,026,000 Phu Thai Buddhism 0.50 % 0.04 % 5
 Phunoi 41,000 41,000 Phunoi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Pong 32,000 32,000 Phong-Kniang Ethnic Religions 0.02 % 0.02 % 1
 Pouhoy 300 300 Oy Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Poumong 1,500 1,500 Phunoi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Poussang 2,800 2,800 Phunoi Ethnic Religions 0.69 % 0.69 % 1
 Prai 30,000 51,000 Prai Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.90 % 1
 Puoc 10,000 44,000 Puoc Ethnic Religions 0.05 % 0.05 % 1
 Saek 4,000 25,000 Saek Ethnic Religions 0.03 % 0.03 % 1
 Samtao 3,500 15,000 Samtao Buddhism 0.17 % 0.17 % 1
 Sapuan 5,500 5,500 Sapuan Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Sedang 900 127,000 Sedang Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 15.00 % -
 Sila 3,300 4,200 Sila Ethnic Religions 0.12 % 0.12 % 1
 So 87,000 160,000 So Buddhism 1.40 % 1.00 % 2
 So Tri 11,000 11,000 Bru, Eastern Ethnic Religions 0.10 % 0.05 % 1
 Sou 3,300 3,300 Sou Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 5.50 % -
Ta Oi, Lower 22,000 22,000 Ta'oih, Lower Ethnic Religions 0.10 % 0.10 % 1
 Ta Oi, Upper 49,000 102,000 Ta'oih, Upper Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.80 % 1
 Tahang 400 400 Talieng Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Daeng 26,000 195,000 Tai Daeng Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Dam 28,000 922,000 Tai Dam Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.18 % 1
 Tai Do 3,700 4,100 Tai Yo Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Doi 300 5,400 Tai Loi Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Gapong 500 2,700 Phu Thai Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai He 4,100 4,100 Language unknown Buddhism 0.05 % 0.05 % 1
 Tai Kaleun 3,300 12,000 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 7.00 % 5.41 % -
 Tai Kao 105,000 470,000 Tai Don Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 Tai Khang 26,000 69,000 Kang Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Khun 800 139,000 Khun Buddhism 4.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Tai Laan 700 700 Language unknown Buddhism 2.00 % 1.74 % 1
Tai Long 2,100 2,100 Tai Long Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Lue 131,000 1,110,000 Lu Buddhism 0.10 % 0.10 % 3
 Tai Nua, Chinese Shan 15,000 723,000 Tai Nua Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Pao 1,800 12,000 Tai Pao Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tai Peung 500 500 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tai Sam 400 400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Taket 700 700 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Talieng 37,000 37,000 Talieng Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.12 % 1
 Tamoy 700 700 Khmu Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tay Khang 200 200 Tai Khang Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tayten 400 400 Lao Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tchaho 400 400 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Thae 11,000 11,000 Oy Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Thai 145,000 23,632,000 Thai Buddhism 0.60 % 0.30 % 3
 Thai, Isan 9,000 18,619,000 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Thai, Northern 38,000 7,615,000 Thai, Northern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tong 15,000 15,000 Ong Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.20 % -
 Vietnamese 124,000 85,922,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 9.00 % 1.80 % -
 Yoy 12,000 20,000 Yoy Ethnic Religions 0.19 % 0.19 % 1
  Totals:  125 7,304,000         97 3.73 % 2.52 % 178 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 75,000                
  UN Country Population (2021) 7,379,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Attapu 154,000
Bokeo 197,000
Bolikhamxai 301,000
Champasak 762,000
Houaphan 317,000
Khammouan 430,000
Louang Namtha 193,000
Louangphrabang 474,000
Oudômxai 338,000
Phôngsali 195,000
Saravan 436,000
Savannakhét 1,065,000
Vientiane 460,000
Vientiane [prefecture] 902,000
Xaignabouri 418,000
Xaisômboun 93,000
Xékong 124,000
Xiangkhoang 269,000
Provinces:  18 7,128,000
UN Country Population 7,379,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,990,000 3,970.3 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 774,293,000 10,600.9 % 70.2 % 24.9 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 207,376,000 2,839.2 % 93.5 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 115,473,000 1,581.0 % 81.9 % 1.5 % 9.1 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
7,304,000
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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
Aheu thm 1 0 Translation Needed
Akeu aeu 1 1 New Testament
Akha ahk 2 2 Complete Bible
Alak alk 1 1 Translation Started
Arem aem 1 1 Unspecified
Bit bgk 1 1 Translation Needed
Bo bgl 1 0 Translation Needed
Bouyei pcc 1 1 Bible Portions
Bru, Eastern bru 2 2 Complete Bible
Bru, Western brv 1 0 Bible Portions
Burmese mya 1 1 Complete Bible
Cham, Western cja 1 1 New Testament
Chepya ycp 1 1 Unspecified
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Yue yue 1 0 Complete Bible
Chut scb 3 2 Unspecified
Con cno 1 1 Translation Needed
Halang hal 1 1 Bible Portions
Halang Doan hld 1 0 Unspecified
Hani hni 1 1 Bible Portions
Hmong Daw mww 1 0 Complete Bible
Hmong Njua hnj 1 0 Complete Bible
Hung hnu 1 0 Unspecified
Ir irr 1 1 Translation Started
Iu Mien ium 1 0 Complete Bible
Jeh jeh 1 0 New Testament
Kaduo ktp 1 1 Bible Portions
Kang kyp 1 1 Translation Needed
Katang, Northern ncq 1 1 New Testament
Katang, Southern sct 1 1 New Testament
Katu, Western kuf 1 1 Translation Needed
Khmer khm 1 1 Complete Bible
Khmu kjg 4 3 Bible Portions
Khua xhv 1 1 Translation Needed
Khuen khf 1 1 Translation Needed
Khun kkh 1 1 Bible Portions
Kim Mun mji 1 1 Translation Needed
Kiorr xko 1 1 Translation Needed
Kriang ngt 2 1 Bible Portions
Kuan uan 1 1 Translation Needed
Kuay kdt 1 1 Complete Bible
Lahu lhu 3 0 Complete Bible
Lahu Shi lhi 1 0 New Testament
Lao lao 2 2 Complete Bible
Laopang lbg 1 1 Translation Needed
Laos Sign Language lso 1 1 Translation Needed
Lave brb 1 1 Bible Portions
Laven lbo 1 1 Unspecified
Lavi lvi 1 0 Unspecified
Lu khb 1 1 New Testament
Mal mlf 1 1 New Testament
Maleng pkt 1 0 Translation Needed
Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster cqd 1 1 Complete Bible
Mlabri mra 1 1 Translation Needed
Nguon nuo 1 0 Translation Needed
Nisu, Eastern nos 1 1 New Testament
Nung nut 1 1 New Testament
Nyaheun nev 1 1 Unspecified
Nyaw nyw 1 1 Translation Needed
O'du tyh 1 1 Unspecified
Ong oog 1 0 Unspecified
Oy oyb 4 4 Unspecified
Pacoh pac 2 1 New Testament
Phana' phq 1 1 Translation Needed
Phong-Kniang pnx 1 1 Translation Needed
Phu Thai pht 2 2 Translation Started
Phuan phu 1 1 Translation Needed
Phunoi pho 3 3 Translation Needed
Prai prt 1 1 New Testament
Puoc puo 1 1 Translation Started
Rmeet lbn 1 1 Bible Portions
Saek skb 1 1 Translation Needed
Samtao stu 1 1 Translation Needed
Sapuan spu 1 1 Translation Started
Sedang sed 1 0 Bible Portions
Sila slt 1 1 Translation Needed
So sss 1 1 Bible Portions
Sou sqq 1 0 Translation Needed
Ta'oih, Lower tto 2 2 Unspecified
Ta'oih, Upper tth 1 1 Bible Portions
Tai Daeng tyr 1 1 Translation Needed
Tai Dam blt 1 1 New Testament
Tai Don twh 1 1 Bible Portions
Tai Khang tnu 1 1 Translation Needed
Tai Loi tlq 1 1 Translation Started
Tai Long thi 1 1 Translation Needed
Tai Nua tdd 1 1 Bible Portions
Tai Pao tpo 1 1 Translation Started
Tai Yo tyj 1 1 Translation Needed
Talieng tdf 3 2 Unspecified
Tareng tgr 1 1 Translation Started
Thai tha 1 1 Complete Bible
Thai, Northeastern tts 2 1 New Testament
Thai, Northern nod 1 1 New Testament
Unknown xxx 7 7 Unspecified
Vietnamese vie 1 0 Complete Bible
Yoy yoy 1 1 Translation Needed
Totals: 97 125 97   16 19 24 67 6

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
60.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.5 %)
3.7 %
Ethnic Religions
31.7 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
0.0 %
Non-Religious
4.2 %
Other / Small Religions
0.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
9.6 %
Orthodox
0.3 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
64.4 %
Roman Catholic
19.6 %
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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Laos Statistics
People Groups 125
Unreached People Groups 97  (77.6%)
Population 7,304,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.7%
Population in Unreached 5,537,000  (75.8%)
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 3.7%
Percent Evangelical 2.5%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 6.8%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 178
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 35%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code LA
Official Language(s) Lao
Literacy Rate 73%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,972,000
Persecution Ranking 22 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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