Norwegian Jewish in Norway

The Norwegian Jewish have only been reported in Norway
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Introduction / History

Have you ever heard of the Jewish Diaspora? The diaspora means a population of people are scattered, not in one place. Jews live all over the world, including a small group in Norway. As early as the late 15th century, Jews arrived in Norway after being banished from Spain and Portugal. Until 1851 newly arriving Jews to Norway were forced to convert to Christianity.

Norway did not become an independent county until 1910. Denmark and then Sweden ruled over Norway from 14th century until 1910. The pro-German government during WWII arrested and sent over one third of the Jews to death camps. About 900 Norwegian Jews could flee to neutral Sweden and escape arrest. Some Norwegians cooperated with the Nazis, including the puppet dictator Quisling, whose name is a synonym for being a traitor.

Today, most Jews in Norway live in Oslo, the nation's capital. The population is declining due to immigration to Israel, the USA and the UK.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Unfortunately, there has been a rise in anti-Semitic activity in Norway. In 2006, a jihadist shot up the Oslo Synagogue. After that time, the government recommended that Jews not show any outward signs of their faith.

Jews are integrated into Norwegian society. Many Jews work in universities, medicine, science, law, journalism, and finance. Some own and operate businesses. Parents encourage their children to attend college. Most Norwegian Jews speak Norwegian at home, and they are fluent in English. Many also speak German, Danish and Swedish.

The jews of Europe arived on the continent at least 2,000 yearss ago during the early days of the Roman Empire.
What Are Their Beliefs?

For religious Jews in Norway, God is the Supreme Being, the Creator of the universe, and the ultimate Judge of human affairs. God revealed himself to Moses in the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament. Beyond this, the religious beliefs of the Jewish communities vary. Norwegian Jews are diverse. Each Jewish denomination maintains synagogues and celebrates the traditional Jewish holiday calendar. While most European Jews are religiously affiliated, there is a significant minority who is not religious. Many Jewish people in Norway keep cultural Judaism, but they have rejected the spiritual elements taught in the Old Testament. They might take part in cultural events and even religious ceremonies, but they are secular or New Age in their spiritual lives.

There is a tiny group of Messianic Norwegian Jews.

What Are Their Needs?

Jews in Norway need to hear a clear presentation of the message about their Messiah, Yeshua. They must come to understand that Jesus alone can forgive their sins and give meaning and hope to their lives. Norwegian disciples can share the love of Christ with their Jewish friends.

Prayer Points

Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favor to the mission agencies focusing on the Norwegian Jews.

Pray that the Jewish people in Norway will understand that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.

Ask the Lord to soften the hearts of the Norwegian Jews towards Christ's ambassadors so that they will hear and receive the gospel.

Pray that God will grant the small group of Messianic believers in Norway favor as they share their faith in Christ with the Jews of Norway.

Pray for a church planting movement among each Jewish community in Norway.

Scripture Prayers for the Jewish, Norwegian in Norway.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-03-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-04-27
People Name General Jewish, Norwegian-speaking
People Name in Country Jewish, Norwegian
Natural Name Norwegian Jewish
Pronunciation nor-WEE-jun joo
Alternate Names
Population this Country 1,300
Population all Countries 1,300
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 19240
ROP3 Code 115650
Country Norway
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Norway
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Map of Jewish, Norwegian in Norway
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Religion Subdivision: Judaism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.40 %
Ethnic Religions
79.60 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
20.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Norwegian (1,300 speakers)
Language Code nor   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Norwegian (1,300 speakers)
Language Code nor   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Norwegian

Primary Language:  Norwegian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1967)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1988)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1887-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Norwegian 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 Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
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, audio, video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah Al Massira
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway scripture Bible Gateway
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group location: World Jewish Congress, Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.