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Somali in Norway

Somali

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
39,000 Somali Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %   

Somali in Norway

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Introduction / History
Ancient pyramids, mausoleums, ruined cities, and stone walls found in Somalia are evidence of an ancient sophisticated civilization that once thrived in the Somali peninsula. Archaeological excavations and research in Somalia show that this civilization enjoyed a lucrative trading relationship with Ancient Egypt and Mycenaean Greece, as early as 2000BC.

Somalia has a war-torn history to this day. The people have suffered beyond words, and many are doing whatever they can to go to Norway and other safer lands.

Where are they located?
Somalis make up Oslo's third-largest immigrant group, and are one of the largest refugee groups coming into Norway. Many are working hard to be accepted as Norwegian citizens. Somali-Norwegians are characterized by a strong commitment to participation in and belonging to the greater community.

What are their lives like?
Some Somalis in Norway are poor, others are highly paid. Some are highly educated, others are illiterate. Some have been in Norway for two years, others for 20.

About 80 per cent of Somalis are under 40 years of age, and 80 percent of second-generation Somali-Norwegian children are under 10. The youth aren't seen as Norwegians, but no longer identify solely as Somali. Education is vital for integration, yet Somali students have an above average drop-out rate and a higher absentee rate than both the general population and other immigrant groups. Language and cultural difficulties make it hard for parents to help children with their studies.

Well over half of Somalis in Norway do not have jobs. Many Somali immigrants lack the qualifications to find good work. There are few job opportunities for unskilled workers in Norway. Processing of asylum claims delays job hunting. Cultural reasons are partly to blame for the low number of women in the work force, especially mothers of young children.

What are their beliefs?
Islam was introduced between 700-900BC to the northern Somali coast early on from the Arabian Peninsula. The early persecuted Muslims fled to various places in the region, including the city of Zeila in modern-day northern Somalia. Somalis were among the first people on the continent to embrace Islam. With very few exceptions, Somalis are Muslims, the majority belonging to the Sunni branch.

The entire Bible and many other Christian resources are available in the Somali language. The JESUS Film and an audio Bible is available in Norwegian for those who are fluent in the local language.

What are their needs?
It is possible to become so disillusioned with live in Norway that they give up on being included in mainstream society or finding work. Many Somalis believe they have no hope. It is not good for a society when a whole group feels excluded. What will be the consequences?

Prayer Points
* Pray that Somali people in Norway will develop a true spiritual hunger for their Savior.
* Pray that the few true believers will discover the joy of laying down their lives for those who do not know the truth that sets people free.
* Pray for strong discipleship movements among the Somalis in Norway.
* Pray for workers to go to Norway to seek out and bless the Somalis.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14983/NO
http://www.newsinenglish.no/2013/12/11/somalis-face-prejudice-and-exclusion/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somali_diaspora
http://sahanjournal.com/norway-strip-citizenship-100-ethnic-somalis/#.V8SD_JMrLSI
http://norwaytoday.info/news/several-somalis-lose-norwegian-citizenship/
https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/somalis-in-norway-demanding-and-reluctant-to-work/
https://horseedmedia.net/2016/04/27/somalia-somali-asylum-seekers-in-norway-concerned-on-deportation-plans/
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24869363

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Country: Norway
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: 39,000
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 (39,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): som    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.50 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.50 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent30.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
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
 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 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 Norway

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    Somali     Europe, Western    
     
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      Somali Norway    
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