Country: Madagascar

Number of People Groups

40

People Groups Unreached

11 (27.5%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

28,332,000

Population in Unreached

446,000 (1.6%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

49.66%

% Evangelical

6.10%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.5%
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 *
Anjatsy 44,000 44,000 Malagasy, Merina Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 0.50 % -
 Antaifasy 233,000 233,000 Malagasy, Merina Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 1.69 % -
 Antaimoro 1,215,000 1,215,000 Malagasy, Merina Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 2.34 % -
Antambahoaka 108,000 108,000 Malagasy, Merina Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 4.00 % -
 Antandroy 1,252,000 1,252,000 Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 1.97 % -
 Antankarana 202,000 202,000 Malagasy, Antankarana Islam 5.00 % 0.74 % 4
 Antanosy 836,000 836,000 Malagasy, Tanosy Christianity 53.00 % 0.84 % -
Antemanambondro 82,000 82,000 Malagasy, Merina Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 11.00 % -
Antesaka 1,802,000 1,802,000 Malagasy, Tesaka Ethnic Religions 28.00 % 2.32 % -
 Arab, Yemeni 57,000 7,865,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bara 939,000 939,000 Malagasy, Bara Christianity 55.00 % 1.85 % -
 Betsileo 4,595,000 4,595,000 Malagasy, Merina Christianity 94.00 % 16.63 % -
 Betsimisaraka, North 1,647,000 1,647,000 Malagasy, Northern Betsimisaraka Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 1.21 % -
 Betsimisaraka, South 3,197,000 3,197,000 Malagasy, Southern Betsimisaraka Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 6.65 % -
Bezanozano 236,000 236,000 Malagasy, Merina Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 15.00 % -
 Bushi 3,000 73,000 Bushi Islam 4.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Chinese, general 71,000 15,579,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
Comorian, Maore 5,800 188,000 Comorian, Maore Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Comorian, Mwali 1,900 47,000 Comorian, Mwali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Comorian, Ndzwani 15,000 386,000 Comorian, Ndzwani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Comorian, Ngazidja 15,000 439,000 Comorian, Ngazidja Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Deaf 284,000 48,207,000 Malagasy Sign Language Christianity 53.53 % -
 French 171,000 50,718,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 Gujarati, Karana 91,000 3,367,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Karimbola 158,000 158,000 Malagasy, Merina Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 4.00 % -
 Korean, North 16,000 81,133,000 Korean Non-Religious 1.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Mahafaly 410,000 410,000 Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 1.09 % -
 Malay 34,000 17,582,000 Malay Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Masikoro 713,000 713,000 Malagasy, Masikoro Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 0.48 % -
 Mauritian 3,700 1,100,000 Morisyen Christianity 55.00 % 1.20 % -
 Merina-Vakinankaratra 2,833,000 2,833,000 Malagasy, Merina Christianity 90.00 % 14.41 % -
Reunionese Creole 114,000 641,000 Reunion Creole French Christianity 87.00 % 5.90 % -
Sahafatra 118,000 118,000 Malagasy, Merina Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 2.00 % -
 Sakalava 1,949,000 1,949,000 Malagasy, Sakalava Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 1.81 % -
 Sihanaka 707,000 707,000 Malagasy, Merina Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 1.94 % -
 Swahili 5,700 1,809,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tanala 1,423,000 1,423,000 Malagasy, Merina Ethnic Religions 22.00 % 1.04 % -
 Tsimihety 2,266,000 2,266,000 Malagasy, Tsimihety Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 1.93 % -
 Vezo 353,000 354,000 Malagasy, Sakalava Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 1.80 % -
Zafisoro 126,000 126,000 Malagasy, Merina Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 0.50 % -
  Totals:  40 28,332,000         11 49.66 % 6.10 % 15 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 95,000                
  UN Country Population (2021) 28,427,000                
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Province Estimated
Population
Alaotra-Mangoro 1,327,000
Amoron'i Mania 881,000
Analamanga 3,823,000
Analanjirofo 1,218,000
Androy 955,000
Anosy 855,000
Atsimo-Andrefana 1,901,000
Atsimo-Atsinanana 1,085,000
Atsinanana 1,569,000
Betsiboka 417,000
Boeny 984,000
Bongolava 713,000
Diana 940,000
Haute Matsiatra (Matsiatra Ambony) 1,529,000
Ihorombe 442,000
Itasy 949,000
Melaky 327,000
Menabe 740,000
Sava 1,187,000
Sofia 1,585,000
Vakinankaratra 2,192,000
Vatovavy-Fitovinany 1,517,000
Provinces:  22 27,136,000
UN Country Population 28,427,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,990,000 1,023.5 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 774,293,000 2,732.9 % 70.2 % 24.9 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 207,376,000 731.9 % 93.5 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 115,473,000 407.6 % 81.9 % 1.5 % 9.1 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
28,332,000
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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
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1 Bible Portions
Bushi buc 1 1 Translation Needed
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Comorian, Maore swb 1 1 New Testament
Comorian, Mwali wlc 1 1 Unspecified
Comorian, Ndzwani wni 1 1 Bible Portions
Comorian, Ngazidja zdj 1 1 Bible Portions
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Korean kor 1 1 Complete Bible
Malagasy Sign Language mzc 1 0 Translation Needed
Malagasy, Antankarana xmv 1 1 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Bara bhr 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Masikoro msh 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Merina plt 13 0 Complete Bible
Malagasy, Northern Betsimisaraka bmm 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Sakalava skg 2 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Southern Betsimisaraka bzc 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly tdx 2 0 Complete Bible
Malagasy, Tanosy txy 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Tesaka tkg 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Tsimihety xmw 1 0 Bible Portions
Malay zlm 1 1 Complete Bible
Morisyen mfe 1 0 New Testament
Reunion Creole French rcf 1 0 Bible Portions
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Totals: 26 40 11   7 8 22 22 7

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.1 %)
49.7 %
Ethnic Religions
42.5 %
Hinduism
0.1 %
Islam
7.0 %
Non-Religious
0.4 %
Other / Small Religions
0.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.9 %
Independent
11.1 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
42.5 %
Roman Catholic
44.3 %
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.

Networking Possibilities

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  • Church planting agencies in Madagascar
  • Christian ministry in Madagascar
  • Business as mission
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  • Christian medical outreaches

Madagascar Statistics
People Groups 40
Unreached People Groups 11  (27.5%)
Population 28,332,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.8%
Population in Unreached 446,000  (1.6%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 49.7%
Percent Evangelical 6.1%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.5%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 15
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 37%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code MA
Official Language(s) Malagasy, MerinaFrench
Literacy Rate 65%
Estimated Illiterate Population 9,916,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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