Azerbaijani in Sweden

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Introduction / History

Often people think that migrants in the West would prefer to live among their families and friends in the old country. This is not always the case. Many Azerbaijanis in Sweden are living there because of harsh, restrictive conditions in their homeland. In 2003 and 2004, more than 1,000 Azerbaijanis sought asylum in Sweden. These people were willing to leave family and friends to find a life in a place they don't know.

Despite Azerbaijan's economic prosperity, it is a country plagued by severe political and military corruption and a failure to preserve human rights. This situation gives some Azerbaijanis a desire to move to other countries like Sweden.

Where Are they Located?

Azerbaijanis tend to live in the urban centers of Sweden. Sweden is also starting to have new arrivals live in settlements in the colder northern regions. There might be some Azerbaijanis there as well.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Azerbaijanis are very passionate about their homeland and its hostile relationship with its neighbor, Armenia. Azerbaijanis held a protest rally in Goteborg, Sweden in August, 2014. More than a year earlier they had held another rally in Stockholm, in remembrance of a tragedy that occurred in 1992 in Azerbaijan.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though the Azerbaijanis are mostly Shi'ite Muslim, they tend to be somewhat secular because of the decades of secularization from when they were part of the USSR.

What Are Their Needs?

Shi'ite Muslim Azerbaijanis seldom have the chance to hear that Jesus Christ saves sinners, though they understand that Jesus will return during the Second Coming. They honor Jesus, but they have not heard His life-changing teachings. There is freedom or religion in Sweden, so believers can go to them as ambassadors of Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray that as Azerbaijanis leave their homeland, they will seek a home with the Lord's family.
* Pray that Azerbaijanis in Sweden will be drawn by the love of the Lord to seek Him.
* Pray that the church in Sweden will see the Azerbaijanis in their midst and make loving efforts to help them not only come to Christ, but also to spread His fame to Azerbaijan.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-04-23
People Name General Azerbaijani
People Name in Country Azerbaijani
Population in Sweden 2,200
World Population 9,936,600
Total Countries 20
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Azerbaijan, Azeri Turk, Turkmen
People ID 10528
ROP3 Code 100675
Country Sweden
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Sweden
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Azerbaijani, North (2,200 speakers)
Language Code azj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Azerbaijani, North
Primary Language Azerbaijani, North (2,200 speakers)
Language Code azj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Azerbaijani, North

Primary Language:  Azerbaijani, North

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1842-1891)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2004)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1891-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, North
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
85.00 %
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Azerbaijani Partnership 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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