People-in-Country Profile

People Selector:
Print version:
Step 1 - Select a Country:   Send us your updates!
Step 2 - Select a People:  

Thai in Denmark

Thai

Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Send us a map of this people group in this country.
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
12,000 Thai Buddhism 2.00 % 0.30 %   

Thai in Denmark

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Introduction / History
The Central Tai, or Siamese, live on the country's rich central plain. The area, which includes the capital city of Bangkok, is watered by the Chao Phraya River. The Central Tai, who represent more than a third of the population, call themselves the Khon Thai, meaning "the free people."

Centuries ago the Thai lived north of Yangtzekiang in China. Relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward. They conquered many peoples and cultures as they sought a new homeland, and by the 10th century they had settled in what is now central Thailand. A bloodless revolution in 1932, led by westernized intellectuals, instituted a democratic constitutional monarchy. However, the country has suffered numerous governmental upheavals since then. Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society and even maintains social control. The Central Thai speak Thai, the official language of the country. However, most of the Thai people in Denmark are from a region called Isan that has its own language that is closer to Lao than Thai.

Where are they located?
Most of the Thai in Denmark are from Isan, a region in northeastern Thailand that borders Laos and Cambodia. In Denmark, most live in Copenhagen, though some live in other cities and towns.

What are their lives like?
Most of the Thai people in Denmark are women who are working to support family members in Thailand. They can make far more money working in brothels than they can elsewhere, so many voluntarily become prostitutes. Others are cleaning women. Back in Thailand such women are considered heroes for providing for their families. Some are married to Danish men.

What are their beliefs?
Theravada Buddhism was introduced in Thailand in 329 B.C. Almost all of the Thai are followers of Buddha ("the enlightened one") and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining merit in pursuit of perfect peace, or nirvana. They commonly believe that to be Thai is to be a Buddhist; there is no other way for them. They blur the distinctions between various religious leaders. The women who come to Denmark are there to earn money, and few have time or energy to devote to spiritual matters.

What are their needs?
The Thai do not suffer from the baggage of coming from a war-torn land like many other people groups in Denmark. However, they suffer spiritually from not having a loving God who would do anything to help them to flourish.

Prayer Points
* Ask God to raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray that God will grant wisdom and favor to the mission agencies that are currently ministering to the Thai people in Europe.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong indigenous churches and a disciple making movement among the Thai people in Denmark.
* Pray for believers to provide a place of refuge for Thai women who devote their time making money in degrading settings.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/DA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/TH
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_talk:Thai_people_of_Danish_descent
https://prachatai.com/english/node/6316
http://www.expat.com/en/nationalities/thai/in/europe/denmark/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZgqEvN8DHE

View Thai in all countries.

Prayer Links  
PrayerGuard.net
  Submit Update:
Country: Denmark
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
   
 
Maps
Submit Map:
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
 
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Thai
People Name General: Thai
Alternate People Names:
Bangkok ThaiCentral Tai
Khon TaiLao Song
SiameseSiamese Thai
Tai NoiThai Khom
Thai KlangThai Song
ROP3 Code: 101940
Joshua Project People ID: 11277
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 12,000
Population all Countries: 21,399,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Thai
People Name General: Thai
Ethnic Code: MSY49d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Thai (12,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tha    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism96.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam1.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small1.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent9.00 %
Protestant45.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic46.00 %
 
(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
Submit Update:
Bible Portions: 1834-1967
New Testament:
1843-1977Audio
Complete Bible: 1883-2011
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoCome to Me
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFathers Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Thai
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Biblica Thai
Text / Printed MatterBible: Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Thai Standard Version Revision
Text / Printed MatterBible: พระคัมภีร์ภ ...
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
Ministry Activity
Register Ministry Activity:
Networking: Visit LinkingGlobalVoices.org for networking possibilities.
Description: Register your ministry activity among this people group. Contact the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and Unleashed for the Unreached to learn about others that might be focused on this people group.
 
Data Notes
Data Sources
 
 

Thai in Denmark

Peoples
               
Geographic
Global                 Global
           
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
           
   
People Cluster
       
Region
   
    Thai     Europe, Western    
     
People-Group-Across-Countries
   
Country
   
      Thai Denmark    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Thai in Denmark          
      Religion Language  
      Buddhism     Thai  
    Global    
Language
 
    All Religions                              
   
Religion
                             

Direct link:  http://legacy.joshuaproject.net/people-profile.php?peo3=11277&rog3=DA