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Asturian in Spain

Asturian

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
577,000 Asturian Christianity 84.00 % 1.00 % No No   

Asturian in Spain

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Introduction / History
Between the Cantabrian mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, in the northwest corner of Spain, lies the beautiful province of Asturias. Over a million people inhabit this land that is commonly called "The Little Switzerland", because of its majestic mountains and green fertile valleys.

To be Asturian is to be Catholic, although less than one quarter of baptized Catholics attend mass regularly. An increasing number want nothing to do with God, the Bible, and church, and over the last half-century Asturian society has instead become greatly secularized and materialistic. In fact, Asturias has the highest index of professing atheists and agnostics in all of Spain. Much of this is a result of generations of disappointment with the organized church.

Asturians are proud of their rich culture and fascinating history. They trace their roots to Celtic tribes who once lived there. They have always been a fiercely independent people. The Romans and Visigoths barely managed to conquer them. Later the Moors could not, and the Christian Reconquest of Spain began there in the 8th century.

Evangelical missionaries first came to Asturias a century ago, with little lasting fruit. For every thousand Asturians, only one is a born again believer. Asturians possess a profound religious heritage, but the vast majority lacks what counts most: a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ!

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Country: Spain
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:2
Location in Country:Asturias, Cantabria, Castille and Leon autonomous communities; Montañes dialect: western Cantabria and Las Peñamelleras. Pasiegan dialect: eastern Cantabria and Espinosa de los Monteros, Burgos.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Asturian
People Name General: Asturian
ROP3 Code: 100577
Joshua Project People ID: 10466
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 577,000
Population all Countries: 587,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Spanish
People Name General: Asturian
Ethnic Code: CEW21k
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Language
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Primary Language: Asturian
Language Code (ISO): ast    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Spanish (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity84.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious16.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant5.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic85.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1871-1991
New Testament:
1997
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
 
 
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Asturian in Spain

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