Galician in Uruguay

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Introduction / History

Galicians are descended of ancient Celtic invaders. In the 400s there was a Galician kingdom formed by the Germanic Suevi tribe. Their name probably means "milk" in reference to their pale complexion. They live in Galicia in northwest Spain. This is an autonomous region. In addition to Spanish, they speak Gallego which is similar to Portuguese.

In 1492 Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand unified Spain as the nation state we know today. They also started an overseas empire. Since Galicia was struggling economically, many of their people moved to the Spanish colonies including what is now Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay. Since that time there have been many times of poverty in the Galicia region. When this happens, Galicians emigrate to Portugal, Germany, Mexico or Uruguay.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Married Galician women keep their surnames. Children use the name of their father followed by the name of their mother.

Galicians grow crops such as turnips and potatoes. They farm and fish; some are self-employed. They like eating seafood and folk dancing.

Galician women often have outside jobs to supplement the family income. When they are in rural areas, women perform farm duties along with raising children.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Galicians are Catholic, but they maintain unbiblical superstitions. Women are usually more religious than men.

What Are Their Needs?

Pray that Galicians in Uruguay will genuinely give their lives to Jesus Christ and turn their backs other forms of spirituality.

Pray that their daily need will make them aware of their reliance on God and will help to lead them to salvation.

Pray that soon Galician disciples will make more disciples.

Pray for entire Galician families to worship and serve the Lord together.

Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Galician in Uruguay.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Galician
People Name in Country Galician
Alternate Names Galega; Gallego
Population this Country 40,000
Population all Countries 3,277,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 11810
ROP3 Code 103161
ROP25 Code 302518
ROP25 Name Galician
Country Uruguay
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Uruguay
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Galician (40,000 speakers)
Language Code glg   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Galician (40,000 speakers)
Language Code glg   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Galician

Primary Language:  Galician

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1861-1967)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1974-1980)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1989-1992)
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Galician Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
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