Bosniak in Finland

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Both within their home region in eastern Europe and the outside world, Bosniaks are noted for their unique culture, which has been influenced by both eastern and western civilizations and schools of thought over the course of their history. Being part of Europe and influenced not only by the oriental but also by western culture, Bosniaks are considered to be some of the most advanced Islamic peoples of the world.

Where Are they Located?

In the 1990s there were a series of complex wars involving ethnic cleansing and genocide which caused many Bosniaks to flee to safe, peaceful countries. Finland took in about 1,000 of them, a smaller number than the other countries in their region.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Some are students, others are artists or professionals. They have done a good job of entering Finland's industrial economy. Most Bosniaks have been in Finland for a generation, so they are largely assimilated into Finnish society. Their children are learning Finnish ways in schools and in the workplace. They assimilate into Western cultures better than most other Muslim people groups.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Bosniaks are Sunni Muslim, although historically Sufism has also played a significant role among them. For many Bosniaks Islamic identity has more to do with cultural roots than with religious beliefs. Even among most religious Bosniaks, there is a disdain for religious leaders exercising any influence over day-to-day life. Bosniaks are no different than other Muslims in that they view Islam from the foundation that is their culture. One of the reasons why Bosniaks are accepted better than other Muslim peoples in Finland is that they are much more likely to view religion as a private matter, much like the Fins. They don't make waves.

What Are Their Needs?

The Bosniaks need spiritual hunger that will motivate them to open their hearts to the one who wants them as part of His family.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bosniak in Finland.

* Pray that God will grant wisdom and favor to mission agencies that are currently working among Bosniaks.
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Finland and share Christ with Bosniaks and other Muslim people groups.
* Ask the Lord to raise a strong disciple making movement among Bosnians.
* Ask God to raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bosniak
People Name in Country Bosniak
Pronunciation BOZZ-nee-ak
Population this Country 1,700
Population all Countries 3,183,000
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bosniac; Muslimani; Muslmani; Musselmani
People ID 10953
ROP3 Code 101629
Country Finland
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Finland
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Bosnian (1,700 speakers)
Language Code bos   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bosnian (1,700 speakers)
Language Code bos   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bosnian

Primary Language:  Bosnian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1564-1992)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1563-1983)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2013)
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 (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bosnian
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Multi-Language Media
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.02 %)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
95.00 %
4.97 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Michał Huniewicz  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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