Thai in Spain

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Centuries ago the Thai lived north of Yangtzekiang in China. Relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward. They conquered many peoples and cultures as they sought a new homeland, and by the 10th century they had settled in what is now central Thailand. A bloodless revolution in 1932, led by westernized intellectuals, instituted a democratic constitutional monarchy. The Central Thai speak Thai, the official language of Thailand.

In the 1970s, when many Southeast Asian countries were enduring with Communist revolutions and war, Thailand remained stable. For this reason, there are fewer Thai than Vietnamese or Cambodians who left Southeast Asia for the West. The Thai who have moved to countries like Spain usually have done so for education or business.

Where Are they Located?

Most Central Thai people live in Thailand, or other Southeast Asian countries. Thai restaurants are popular throughout Western nations like Spain. Barcelona is one of the key places where Thai people live in Spain.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Some work in the restaurant industry, serving the popular, spicy Thai food in Spain's urban centers.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Theravada Buddhism was introduced in Thailand in 329 B.C. Almost all of the Thai are followers of Buddha ("the enlightened one") and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining merit in pursuit of perfect peace, or nirvana. They commonly believe that to be Thai is to be a Buddhist; there is no other way for them. They blur the distinctions between various religious leaders. Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society and even maintains social control. Though Buddhism is a unifying cultural force for the Thai people in Spain, there are some Christians among this population.

What Are Their Needs?

The Thai do not suffer from the baggage of coming from a war-torn land like many other people groups in Europe. However, they suffer spiritually from not having a loving God who would do anything to help them to flourish.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Thai in Spain.

Ask God to raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
Pray that God will grant wisdom and favor to the mission agencies that are currently ministering to the Thai people in Europe.
Ask the Lord to raise up strong indigenous churches and a disciple making movement among the Thai people in Spain.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Thai
People Name in Country Thai
Pronunciation tie
Population this Country 1,400
Population all Countries 23,632,000
Total Countries 29
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bangkok Thai; Central Tai; Khon Tai; Lao Song; Siamese; Siamese Thai; Tai Noi; Thai Khom; Thai Klang; Thai Song
People ID 11277
ROP3 Code 101940
Country Spain
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Spain
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Thai (1,400 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Thai (1,400 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Thai

Primary Language:  Thai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1834-1967)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1843-1977)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1883-2020)
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
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Come to Me
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Thai
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
98.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Deepak Meena - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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