TRANSLATION STATISTICS
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The reality of how many people have NO access to God’s Word breaks our hearts!

This is why Wycliffe South Africa exists. We are grateful for the opportunity to be used by God to change these staggering statistics and to see God’s Word alive in every language that still needs it.

GLOBAL BIBLE TRANSLATION STATISTICS

7360 total languages in the world - 7.8 billion people

3415 languages with some Scripture – 7 billion people

3945 languages with no Scripture – 255 million people

 

1.5 billion people do not have a full Bible in their first language

 

167 million people, speaking 2014 languages, are wanting and still waiting for translation work to begin

 In Africa, that's 20 million people speaking 597 languages!

 

Translation work in Progress:

2731 languages - 167 countries - active translation or preparatory work – 6.2 billion people

 

SCRIPTURE & Language Statistics for Southern Africa

The information in this table represents ongoing and pipeline translation work among BTC organisations:

Country

Angola

Botswana

DRC

Eswatini

Lesotho

Madagascar

Malawi

Mozambique

Namibia

South Africa

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Other

Total

# of Ongoing Translations

6

1

N/A

N/A

1

N/A

N/A

7

1

5

N/A

1

N/A

22

# of Pipeline Translations

7

1

4

0

0

5

2

6

1

10

5

2

0

43

Country

# of Active

Languages

Angola

47

Botswana

31

DRC

212

Eswatini

5

Lesotho

5

Madagascar

14

Malawi

17

Mozambique

43

Namibia

27

South Africa

30

Zambia

46

Zimbabwe

22

Other

17

Total

516

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