Pashtun, Northern in Denmark

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Pashtuns, or Pushtuns, are a race of warriors who live primarily in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They consist of about 60 tribes, each with its own territory. Although their origin is unclear, their legends say that they are the descendants of Afghana, grandson of King Saul. However, most believe they probably arose from ancient Aryans intermingling with subsequent invaders.

The Pashtun people have played an important role in the history of their region. From their community have come Muslim rulers, administrators, and soldiers.

The Pashtuns are said to be elegant, colorfully attired, hospitable, considerate, fierce in hatred, and kind in friendship. Though very dedicated to their religious beliefs, they are also fond of pleasure. They are known for their marksmanship and their love of honor.

Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Pashtuns live in Afghanistan or Pakistan, but there is also a large diaspora that has gone to the West, including Copenhagen, Denmark.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Pashtuns are seeking asylum because of constant war in Afghanistan. This ongoing situation, which began in 1979, has made Denmark reluctant to take in more Pashtuns as war refugees, especially as more war refugees pour in from Iraq and Syria.

Living in a land that upholds warlike behavior does not prepare Pashtuns for life in peaceful Denmark. The Danes highly value the peace that they have enjoyed since the end of WWII.

The Pashtuns who have enough money to flee to Europe usually have some money and education, but because of their lack of local language skills, they are often underemployed. The more fortunate among them are able to take professional jobs, but this usually requires them to have advanced language skills.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Pashtun are Sunni Muslims. Islam came to them as a great liberating and unifying force, freeing them from the harsh excesses of Buddhism and Hinduism. For this reason, their underlying faith and steadfast devotion to Islam are very strong. In recent years, there have been some Muslim refugees in Europe starting fellowships for Muslim background believers (MBBs).

What Are Their Needs?

The Pashtuns have lived with war as a normal part of life, especially since 1979. Those who have gone to Denmark are looking for ways to make an honest living without the hindrance of war and destruction. Most of those who make their way to Europe have some money and education, but they need language skills.

Prayer Points

* Ask God to raise up prayer teams that will break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask God to grant wisdom and favor to mission agencies that are focusing on Muslim peoples in Denmark.
* Ask God to encourage and protect the small number of Pashtun believers. Pray that they may display the fruit of the Holy Spirit in such a way that other Pashtuns in Europe will be drawn to the Savior.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a disciple making movement among the Pashtuns in Denmark.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Pashtun, Northern
People Name in Country Pashtun, Northern
World Population 28,580,800
Total Countries 16
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Afghan, Eastern Pashto, Eastern Pathan, Khan Saheb, Khans, Musalman, Paktoons, Pashtun, Western, Pathan, Pushtun, Pushtun Afghan, Safi, Shafi, Western Pathan, पश्तून, नॉर्दर्न
People ID 14256
ROP3 Code 107909
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

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Pashto, Northern (12,000 speakers)
Language Code pbu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Pashto, Northern (12,000 speakers)
Language Code pbu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pashto, Northern

Primary Language:  Pashto, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1824-2010)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1895)
Possible Print Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Pashto, Northern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
General General Ministry Resources
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Multi-Language Media
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.00 %
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source George Gavrus 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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