Greek in Turkey





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Greeks are the descendants of the migrants from the Balkan Peninsula who came to Russia partly in the eighteenth century, but mostly in the nineteenth century. This migration was the result of the political situation from the Balkans and Russian-Turkish wars, leading to considerable movement of the population. The Christian population, oppressed and mercilessly robbed by the government of the Osman empire, saw in Russia their liberator from the centuries-old Turkish oppression. They left their homes and followed the Russian army in masses.

In the Russian-Turkish war of 1768-1774, the Greek rebels from Greece fought on the Russian side and, after the war, a considerable part of them settled in the Crimea. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Greek settlements had lost their military importance. The Greeks who lived in the steppe districts in the Crimea and on the coast, used the Tatar language (they were called Greeks-Tatars). The other part, which lived in the mountain regions, preserved their own language which was a dialect of the modern Greek language. This group was called "Greeks-Hellens."

What Are Their Beliefs?

Their religion is Christian Orthodoxy.

Prayer Points

They are religious, but lack understanding of the Gospel and a close relationship with the living God.
* Pray that there is a way to really communicate the living God of today.
* Pray for a release of workers, finances and resources that are needed.

Profile Source:   Hope for Europe  

People Name General Greek
People Name in Country Greek
Population in Turkey 3,700
World Population 10,824,000
Countries 76
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dimotiki, Greek Cypriot, Hellenic, Romei, Romeos, Urum
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Greek
People Name General Greek
Ethnic Code CEW20
People ID 11942
Country Turkey
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Istanbul City.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Greek Turkish: Karamanli
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Greek Turkish: Karamanli
For Primary Language: Greek

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1547-1949)
New Testament Yes   (1638-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1840-1994)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Gateway Scripture Text / Printed Matter
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Filos Pergamos Text / Printed Matter
Bible: The Holy Bible in Contemporary Greek Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: The Holy Bible in Contemporary Greek Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: The New Testament in Modern Greek (Vellas Version) Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Greek Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
91.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
6.00 %
3.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
98.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
2.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division  
Profile Source: Hope for Europe  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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