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Deaf in Switzerland

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
17,000 Swiss-German Sign Language Christianity 75.76 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Switzerland

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Introduction / History
Switzerland probably has the most complex sign language situation in all of Europe. There are four official verbal languages in Switzerland (French, German, Italian and Romansch.) Three of these geo/political area have their own regional variety of sign. These include Swiss-French Deaf schools (more western Switzerland), Swiss-German Deaf schools (more in the middle of Switzerland), Swiss-Italian Deaf schools (more in the southern part) of Switzerland. There are no Deaf schools for the Romansch Language in the eastern part of Switzerland and any Deaf born in that area usually go to the Italian or German Deaf schools. More investigation is needed to see how much regional variation there is and whether the Deaf can understand one video Bible translation done for all of Switzerland. In the Swiss-German part of Switzerland there are at least six churches and at one church they have an informal Bible College for Deaf. There appear to be active Deaf Christians in Switzerland who are in active outreach programs to reach other Deaf , but there is a lack of workers throughout the whole country to reach this un-reached people group. Understanding of the scripture is poor due to a low literacy level in any of the four official languages in Switzerland.

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Country: Switzerland
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
ROP3 Code: 114916
Joshua Project People ID: 19007
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 17,000
Population all Countries: 47,588,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Swiss-German Sign Language
Language Code (ISO): sgg    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Swiss-French Sign Languag (Unknown)Swiss-Italian Sign Langua (Unknown)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.48 % 
Christianity75.76 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.23 % 
Hinduism0.56 % 
Islam6.05 % 
Non-Religious14.82 % 
Other / Small2.10 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Deaf in Switzerland

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People Cluster
    Deaf     Europe, Western    
      Deaf Switzerland    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Deaf in Switzerland          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Swiss-German Sign Language  
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