Vietnamese in Sweden


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

For over two thousand years, people in the land of Vietnam have recognized their national identity. During those two millennia China controlled Vietnam about one half of the time.
In 1887 Vietnam became part of French Indochina. From 1939 to 1975 the Vietnamese fought the Japanese, French and then the Americans.
The communists under Ho Chi Minh overthrew the French in 1954. The Geneva Accord of 1954 split the country into North and South Vietnam along the 17th parallel. The US gave aid to South Vietnam. The US military withdrew from the country in 1973. Two years later the communist north overtook the south and "re-united" the country. Under state socialism the nation's economy floundered. In the 1990s the government began to allow market reforms and the economy has grown to become one of the leading economies of Southeast Asia.
People who worked with the South Vietnamese government were severely persecuted and had to flee. Most of the ethnic Vietnamese who left their country fled during the wars and in the 1970s and 1980s. Thousands of Vietnamese now live in France, the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK, and other European countries like Sweden.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the ethnic Vietnamese in Sweden are now acculturated, but they like to maintain cultural ties with Vietnam. They come together to celebrate their own festivals like Tet. In 2020 they established the Union of Vietnamese Associations in Sweden. This organizations promotes trade with Vietnam and comes to the aid of people suffering from natural disasters in that Southeast Asian country.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The earliest forms of Vietnamese worship were animism and veneration for ancestors. The Vietnamese worshiped the sun, soil, water and the earth fertility goddess Mau. The Vietnamese believed that spirits dwelt in the mountains, rivers, rocks, and other forms of nature. There were also spirits of their departed ancestors who needed to be placated and honored.
Later Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucianism thought made their way to Vietnam. These beliefs were incorporated into the Vietnamese form of animism and ancestor veneration. No matter where they live, it is common for the Vietnam to practice Buddhism blended with their old spiritual practices.
About one out of 12 Vietnamese claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. Most of these are Roman Catholics with a much smaller Protestant church.


What Are Their Needs?

The Vietnamese must see that Christianity is not a foreign religion imposed on them by outsiders. They need to see the love of Christ lived out among them by Holy Spirit-filled disciples.


Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to send loving disciplers to the Vietnamese in Sweden.
Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Vietnamese that drives them to read the Bible and listen to Christian radio programs.
Pray for a church planting movement that affects every Diaspora Vietnamese community.


Scripture Prayers for the Vietnamese in Sweden.


References

quora.com/What-is-the-main-religion-in-Vietnamquora.com/What-is-the-main-religion-in-Vietnam
https://scandasia.com/vietnamese-people-in-sweden-and-latvia-celebrate-lunar-new-year/
https://vietnamtimes.org.vn/union-of-vietnamese-associations-in-swede


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Vietnamese
People Name in Country Vietnamese
Pronunciation vee-et-nahm-EEZ
Alternate Names Annamese; Annanese; Ching; Cing; Gin; Jhing; King; Kinh; Kinh (Việt); Viet
Population this Country 9,600
Population all Countries 87,374,000
Total Countries 36
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12700
ROP3 Code 105018
ROP25 Code 304033
ROP25 Name Vietnamese (Kinh)
Country Sweden
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Sweden
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
53.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.80 %)
9.00 %
Ethnic Religions
9.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
23.00 %
Other / Small
6.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Vietnamese (9,600 speakers)
Language Code vie   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Vietnamese (9,600 speakers)
Language Code vie   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Vietnamese

Primary Language:  Vietnamese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1890-1989)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1914-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1916-2020)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources General / Other
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Vietnamese Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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