Somali in Netherlands

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Many Somalis have fled to the Netherlands since 1991. The peak was in 2009 with 6000 Somali asylum seekers. Five years after receiving leave to stay they can apply for Dutch citizenship and after that quite a few Somalis have migrated to the UK. (This migration may cease when the UK will have left the EU.) At present (January 2018), there are some 40,000 Somalis in the country.

Where Are they Located?

They are located throughout the country, but there are some areas with a relatively high number of Somali residents, like the city of Tilburg where the north-west district is nicknamed 'Little Mogadishu '.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Almost all of them are Muslim, but there has been a small secret Somali Church since 2008 (which was the 'Year of prayer for Somali's '; God has answered these prayers!). There are some 100 Somali Christians known in the Netherlands, most of them Evangelical. There may be 'secret Christians' not known to us also.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Somali in Netherlands.

* All Somali Christians are first generation converts. Pray for growth in faith and boldness in their witnessing. There are serious threats from fellow Somalis regularly.
* Pray also for mature Christians to become spiritual leaders among their own fellowship.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-03-14
Link Up Africa
Praying for Somali
People Name General Somali
People Name in Country Somali
Pronunciation soh-MAH-lee
Population this Country 3,000
Population all Countries 24,095,000
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Issa; Ogaden; Sab; Shabelle; सोमाली
People ID 14983
ROP3 Code 109392
Country Netherlands
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Netherlands
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Somali (3,000 speakers)
Language Code som   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Somali (3,000 speakers)
Language Code som   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Somali

Primary Language:  Somali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1915-1935)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1972-1976)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1979-2008)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Against My Brother (Somali)
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Somali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video Walk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Somali Bible
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
95.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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Profile Source Anonymous  
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