• PEOPLE CLUSTER: SINHALA

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By Sally Cawthra, London, England

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 13

Population: 16,839,875

Unreached people groups: 11

UPG population: 16,797,900

Unengaged UPGs: 8

UUPG population: 304,400

Number of countries: 11


Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples

Overview: Sinhala is the mother tongue of the Sinhalese people, the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka. In addition to the Sinhala, this people cluster includes the Veddah, an indigenous people of Sri Lanka, and the Burgher, an ethnic group of mixed European and Sri Lankan heritage. Some sources also include the Rodiya, an untouchable social group or caste of the Sinhalese.

Peoples within this cluster: Burgher; Sinhalese; Veddah

Countries where they are found: Canada; Italy; Malaysia; Maldives; Oman; Qatar; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; United Arab Emirates; United States


People groups: 13

Population: 16,839,875

Unreached people groups: 11

UPG population: 16,797,900

Unengaged UPGs: 8

UUPG population: 304,400

Number of countries: 11