Albanian, Kosovars in Denmark


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Albanians are believed to be descendants of the Illyrians, who were the original inhabitants of the western Balkan Peninsula. In the sixth century, migrating Slavs began to settle on Illyrian territory and pushed the Illyrians into what is present-day Albania.

The Albanians are divided into two major groups, the Gheg and the Tosk, according to which Albanian dialect they speak. The two dialects differ slightly in vocabulary and pronunciation. In the 1950s it was decided that the Tosk dialect would be used in all Albanian publications, since it was the one most widely spoken in Albania.

In addition to differences in dialect, the Gheg and the Tosk also have many social differences. The Gheg are a very stern and courageous people while the Tosk are known to be friendly, lively, and talkative.

The collapse of the communist regime in 1991 brought on numerous traumatic and rapid changes in Albania, leaving the people with an identity crisis. The people were shocked to discover that they had been reduced to poverty. Hurt, angry, and confused, they are now struggling to find their identity in a country that is considered to be Europe's poorest and least developed. Some have decided to move to Western European countries like Denmark to make a better living.


Where Are they Located?

Most Gheg Albanians live in Albania, but some have managed to find better opportunities in countries in Western Europe.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though Albanians in Western Europe are noted for criminal activity, most of them work blue collar jobs in assembly lines and the like. The ones who make the headlines are those who are involved with organized crime, and they give Albanians a bad name.

About one in ten people in Denmark are Albanians, and about three-fourths of these were born outside of Denmark.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Centuries ago, many Albanians were converted to Islam by the Ottoman Turks. However, they practiced a type of "folk Islam," which embraced occult practices such as praying to the dead, seeking cures for sickness, and praying for protection from spirits and curses.


What Are Their Needs?

The Albanians in Denmark need advanced language skills and educational opportunities so they can thrive in Denmark's highly advanced economy.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Albanian, Kosovars in Denmark.

* Pray that God will grant His wisdom and favor to mission agencies that are currently focusing on the Gheg Albanians in Denmark.
* Pray that Bibles will be effectively distributed to Albanians in Denmark, and they will have a strong spiritual impact on the people.
* Ask God to use the small number of Gheg believers to share Christ's love with their own people. Pray that these believers will walk in a way worthy of the Lord, so they can draw others to Him.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to birth a cascading discipleship movement among the Albanians for God's glory.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11880/DA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11880/KV
https://www.stormfront.org/forum/t618732/
http://www.ambasadat.gov.al/denmark/en/superb-manifestation-albanians-denmark-100th-anniversary-independence-05122012
http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/ethnic-groups-living-in-denmark.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Albanian, Gheg
People Name in Country Albanian, Kosovars
World Population 2,975,500
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Albanian, Chamurian, Gheg, Gheg Speaking, Kosovar, Scutari
People ID 11880
ROP3 Code 103338
Country Denmark
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Denmark
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Albanian, Gheg (1,300 speakers)
Language Code aln   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Albanian, Gheg (1,300 speakers)
Language Code aln   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Albanian, Gheg

Primary Language:  Albanian, Gheg

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1866-1978)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1869-1990)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2011)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Albanian, Gheg
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Albanian Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Interconfessional New Testament
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
80.00 %
Non-Religious
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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