Sinhalese in Denmark


Population
7,700
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Sinhalese culture goes back about 2600 years when migrants from what is now northern India went to Sri Lanka. Eventually these new settlers developed a language which we now call Sinhala, and the people were Sinhalese. Around 250 B.C. they embraced Buddhism, which became part of their identity as a people.


Where Are they Located?

By far the most Sinhalese people live in their country of origin, Sri Lanka, but some have migrated elsewhere, including Denmark.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Denmark, about two-third of the Sri Lankans are immigrants who plan to stay in the new country. The Sinhalese in Denmark are not refugees, but people who are looking for business or educational opportunities.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Sinhalese people are Buddhists, though there are enough Christians among them that one might wonder if they are actually still an unreached people group. Those who live in Denmark are likely to become more secular like the Danish majority.


What Are Their Needs?

Resources in the Sinhala language include a complete Sinhalese Bible, an audio New Testament online, JESUS Film, and gospel recordings. The Sinhalese need to have the spiritual hunger it will take to find and use these resources.


Prayer Points

* Pray that gospel radio, television, and Christian websites might penetrate the homes and hearts of Sinhalese people living in Denmark.
* Pray that greater unity, effective discipling of believers, and sensitive sharing of faith will occur among the Sinhalese in Denmark.
* Pray for a mighty disciple making movement among the Sinhalese, both in Sri Lanka, and in Denmark.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14196/DA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14196/CE
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_diaspora


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sinhalese
People Name in Country Sinhalese
Population in Denmark 7,700
World Population 11,080,600
Total Countries 19
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Cingalese, Singalese, Singhalese, Sinhala, सिनलीज़
People ID 14196
ROP3 Code 109305
Country Denmark
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Denmark
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Sinhala (7,700 speakers)
Language Code sin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sinhala
Primary Language Sinhala (7,700 speakers)
Language Code sin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sinhala

Primary Language:  Sinhala

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1739-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1776-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1823-1982)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
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 Sally Cawthra, London, England  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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