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Somali in Denmark

Somali

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
10,000 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Somali in Denmark

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Introduction / History
The Somali share a common language, adhere to a single faith (Islam), and share a cultural heritage that is an integral part of their lifestyle.

The Somalis first appeared in the Horn of Africa around 1200 and began expanding westward and southward about 150 years later. They converted to Islam around 1550, under the influence of Arab traders that had settled along the coast of present-day Somalia. By 1650, they had moved into Ethiopia.

Because Somalia has become ungovernable in recent decades, Somalis are migrating to Denmark and other parts of the world to earn a living. Though they are safe in Denmark, the Somalis are facing other serious problems in this European country.

Where are they located?
Most of the Somalis in Denmark live in the capital city of Copenhagen. Neighborhoods where Somalis live include Nørrebro, Brønshoj-Husum, and Bispebjerg.

What are their lives like?
When the Somalis first arrived in Denmark in the early 1990s, they were welcome. Today the Danish majority suspects that Somalis are criminals and terrorists. Somalis in Denmark have an alarmingly high unemployment rate. They have a younger population than the Danish majority.

What are their beliefs?
Although the Somali are nearly all Shafiite Muslims, numerous beliefs and traditions have been intermingled with their Islamic practices. Some observe the standard Islamic prayers, but Somali women have never worn any kind of traditional Muslim veil. Somali frequently turn to the wadaad (a religious expert) for blessings, charms and advice in worldly matters.

What are their needs?
Somalis in Denmark need friends in this land where they are under suspect. It will take someone who is willing to make themselves vulnerable to help the Somalis learn marketable work skills. Perhaps believers can also establish places for Somali children and teens to study and play sports after school.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Muslims will listen to Muslim-background believers, and turn to the God of love.
* Pray that believers will reach the Somali community in Copenhagen.
* Pray for believers to reach the Somali network in such a way that there will be a church planting movement among the Somalis in Denmark that will extend to Somalia.

References
https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/somalis-copenhagen-growing-children-unwanted-immigrants
https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/somalis-copenhagen-20141031.pdf
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14983/DA
https://muslimstatistics.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/denmark-astonished-at-1000-muslim-somali-majority-crime-numbers/
http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1951906,00.html
https://horseedmedia.net/2015/07/20/somalia-dozens-of-somali-refugees-in-denmark-fear-deportation/
http://somdias.dk/en/arkiv/projects/denmark/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somali_diaspora
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/06/01/5-facts-about-the-global-somali-diaspora/

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Country: Denmark
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Somali
People Name General: Somali
Alternate People Names:
IssaOgaden
SabShabelle
सोमाली
ROP3 Code: 109392
Joshua Project People ID: 14983
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 10,000
Population all Countries: 23,117,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Somali
People Name General: Somali
Ethnic Code: CMT33e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Somali (10,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): som    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: 1915-1935
New Testament:
1972-1976Audio
Complete Bible: 1979
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 (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoI Against My Brother (Somali)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Somali
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah
Text / Printed MatterBible: Somali Bible
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Somali in Denmark

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    Somali     Europe, Western    
     
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