Somali in Sweden


Population
45,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge


Somali People Video

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Introduction / History

The Somali share a common language, a cultural heritage, and adhere to a single faith. The Somalis first appeared in the Horn of Africa around 1200 and began expanding westward and southward about 150 years later. They converted to Islam around 1550, under the influence of Arab traders that had settled along the coast of present-day Somalia. By 1650, they had moved into Ethiopia.

The Somalis consider themselves warriors. They are a very individualistic people, sharply divided by clans. Fights often occur between the clans, resulting in many deaths. The results in recent decades have been tragic. Somalia is basically ungovernable, and their economy is in shambles. As many as are able flee to other parts of the world like Sweden.


Where Are they Located?

There are Somali communities in Borlänge and Stockholm.


What Are Their Lives Like?

A good number of Somalis in Sweden are refugees or asylum seekers with a high unemployment rate. But others have settled into Swedish society well. There are Somalis who are distance runners, models, musicians, and even a politician.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Although the Somali are nearly all Shafiite Muslims, numerous beliefs and traditions have been intermingled with their Islamic practices. Some observe the standard Islamic prayers, but Somali women have never worn any kind of traditional Muslim veil. Somali frequently turn to the wadaad (a religious expert) for blessings, charms, and advice in worldly matters.

Though there is not yet a movement to Christ among Somalis in Sweden, one Somali woman, Mon Walters, is a high-profile believer. With the protection of the Swedish government, this woman is able to tell Somalis that Jesus Christ offers what they have always needed.


What Are Their Needs?

Somalis in Sweden have an alarmingly high unemployment rate. They understand that they need to learn Swedish and develop useful job skills for the Swedish economy. Believers can give them the training they need and teach them the ways of Jesus in the process.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Muslims will listen to Muslim-background believers, and turn to the God of love.
* Pray that believers will reach the Somali community in Stockholm.
* Pray for them to reach this Somali network in such a way that there will be a church planting movement among the Somalis in Sweden that will extend to Somalia.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/somalis-in-sweden/
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14983/SW
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somalis_in_Sweden
http://www.thelocal.se/20121105/44236
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IDBxPLp3i0
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somali_diaspora
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/06/01/5-facts-about-the-global-somali-diaspora/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-04-02
Link Up Africa
Praying for Somali
People Name General Somali
People Name in Country Somali
Population in Sweden 45,000
World Population 20,079,100
Total Countries 23
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Issa, Ogaden, Sab, Shabelle, सोमाली
People ID 14983
ROP3 Code 109392
Country Sweden
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Sweden
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 Somali (45,000 speakers)
Language Code som   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Somali
Primary Language Somali (45,000 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)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 (Indigitube.tv)
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 (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Somali Bible
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
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 Anonymous 
Video Source LinkUp Africa
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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