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South Asian, Bengali-speaking in Finland

South Asian, Bengali-speaking

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,600 Bengali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

South Asian, Bengali-speaking in Finland

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Introduction / History
First came the Vedda people from Sri Lanka, and later Mediterranean peoples from Europe. By the 8th century the land now associated with Bengalis was becoming populated by Arabs, Turks, and Persians.

The term "Bengali" fits better with a language than an ethnic group. There are over 200 million people who speak this language, making it one of the top 10 largest languages in the world. There are numerous castes and communities that speak this major South Asian language.

Bengalis speakers cannot be defined by religion since they are either Hindu or Muslim. Hindus live mainly in India's state of West Bengal, and Muslims live mainly in their own country, Bangladesh. People often call the Muslim Bengalis "Bangladeshis" though there are many Muslim Bengalis in West Bengal as well.
Bengali speakers have a long, proud history as intellectuals in South Asia. Bengali artists have produced great literature, films, music, and dance.

Where are they located?
Though most Bengalis speakers live in either India or Bangladesh, there is a considerable diaspora. Some Bengalis have migrated to Finland, though this is far from their most favored destination. Those who live in Finland are mainly in Helsinki, the capital city.

What are their lives like?
A good many Bangladeshis in Finland are students. Up until 2012, Finland gave many scholarships to promising students from developing countries like Bangladesh. Others are businessmen, shop owners or workers, jewelers, and techies.

What are their beliefs?
The Bengalis who live in Finland are mainly from Bangladesh, and they are Sunni Muslims. In Bangladesh, Muslims do not tolerate dissention from those who want to "convert" to another religion, or even to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam.

What are their needs?
Bangladeshis in Finland have an opportunity to embrace Christ that they don't have in Bangladesh, where they are likely to face persecution from the Sunni Muslim majority.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to birth a cascading discipleship movement among the Bengalis in Europe for God's glory.
* Pray that the followers of Christ in Finland will lovingly reach out to these Muslims with Christ-like character.
* Pray that Bangladeshis will be open to embracing Jesus Christ as lord of their lives.


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Country: Finland
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: South Asian, Bengali-speaking
People Name General: South Asian, Bengali-speaking
Alternate People Names:
Bangla-BhasaBengali, Muslims
Hinduसाउत एशियन, बिंगाली-स्पीकिंग
ROP3 Code: 101254
Joshua Project People ID: 10790
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,600
Population all Countries: 1,901,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: South Asian, Bengali-speaking
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bengali (1,600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1800-1980
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1832-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Bangla Version (F ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Mussolmani Versio ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament- Common Version (FC ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / VideoThe Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralWalk with the Prophets and meet the Mess ...
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file fro ...
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkad ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Standard Bangla Common Language
Text / Printed MatterBible: কিতাবুল মোক ...
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Bengali)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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South Asian, Bengali-speaking in Finland

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      South Asian, Bengali-speaking Finland    
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