Asturian in Spain





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Between the Cantabrian mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, in the northwest corner of Spain, lies the beautiful province of Asturias. Over a million people inhabit this land that is commonly called "The Little Switzerland", because of its majestic mountains and green fertile valleys.

To be Asturian is to be Catholic, although less than one quarter of baptized Catholics attend mass regularly. An increasing number want nothing to do with God, the Bible, and church, and over the last half-century Asturian society has instead become greatly secularized and materialistic. In fact, Asturias has the highest index of professing atheists and agnostics in all of Spain. Much of this is a result of generations of disappointment with the organized church.

Asturians are proud of their rich culture and fascinating history. They trace their roots to Celtic tribes who once lived there. They have always been a fiercely independent people. The Romans and Visigoths barely managed to conquer them. Later the Moors could not, and the Christian Reconquest of Spain began there in the 8th century.

Evangelical missionaries first came to Asturias a century ago, with little lasting fruit. For every thousand Asturians, only one is a born again believer. Asturians possess a profound religious heritage, but the vast majority lacks what counts most: a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ!

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People Name General Asturian
People Name in Country Asturian
Population in Spain 572,000
World Population 582,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Spanish
People Name General Asturian
Ethnic Code CEW21k
People ID 10466
Country Spain
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Asturias Princedom, west Cantabria and Leon, north Castilla-Leon. Montañes in Cantabria and Las Peñamelleras, a Spanish dialect with Asturian influence.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Asturian Spanish
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Asturian Spanish
For Primary Language: Asturian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1871-1991)
New Testament Yes   (1997)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
84.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
16.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
85.0 %
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