400,000 in Myanmar (2000 census). Population total all countries: 805,700.
Northeast Shan State, upper Salween river area; East Shan State, Kengtung area; resettling since 2000 in southeast Shan State, Mong Hsat and Mong Ton townships, especially Mong Yawn, Pong Pa Kyin, and Mong Kyut town areas. Also in China, Thailand.
2 (Provincial). De facto provincial language in Shan State.
Ai Cheung, Ai Swa, Ang Krax, Awm Plawk, Bible Wa, Caong Naong, Cuan, Hom, Ien, Kang Seu, Kaung Sang, Kawn Cawng, Kawn Jiem, Kawn Mau, Kawn Poih, Kawn Rao, Kawng Lang, Kha Lax, Khui Ma, Kok Lah, La Dah, La Kong, Lah Kreum, Lhax Tiah, Lung Kua, Man Leen, Man Shiang, Man Teu (Jo Phyu, Man Teey, Man Ton, Man Tong), Man Tong, Meung, Meung Kun, Meung Mao, Meung Yum, Muik Lhang, Muik Lhax, Muik Nghawng, Muik Nu, Muik Raix, Muik Sime, Nawng Plawx, Nom Tum, Pa Tah, Pang Vai, Pang Yang (Muik Khaox), Panglao, Rho Mawng, Rok Tong, Sau Hin, Savaik, Sheeiem, Shiem Tum, Shiiem Ceeim, Si Gang Rai, Si Nawk, Si Nga, Si Viex, Simung, Taoh Mie, Toi Lawng, Veng Ngeen, Vui Sai, Yaong Brex, Yaong Khrum, Yaong Krak, Yaong Kua, Yaong Leen, Yaong Lung, Yaong Nong, Yaong O, Yaong Peng, Yaong Raok, Yaong Riex, Yaong Sang, Yaong Soi, Yaong Ting, Ying Phang (Sigang). Over 70 varieties of Wa in Myanmar; 300 varieties in China (2006 Institute of Nationalities, Sun Hong Kai). Related to Lawa [lcp]. Wa official nationality standard form in China based on Yong Shuai, one of many Parauk varieties. Bible Wa, a composite language, based on the Yong Shuai, Yong Rauk, Mang Toei, and Toilawng varieties, forms the standard for Myanmar.
Traditional religion, Christian, Buddhist.