Sudanese Arab in Denmark

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Sudanese Arabs make up the majority of the people living in the nation of Sudan in Africa. Islam came to the region in the 12th century and over time most of the population converted. The ancestry of the Sudanese Arabs is highly diverse as are their cultures. The main items that draw the Sudanese Arabs together is their Sudanese Arabic language and the practice of Islam. Some Sudanese Arabs have left the poverty and turmoil of their homeland to seek better economic opportunities and freedom in the West. These Western nations include Denmark.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Denmark has a developed economy and one of the highest living standards of the world. Health care and university education is funded by the government. Sudanese Arabs frequently take low paying jobs that Danish citizens distain such as jobs in sanitation, construction, factories, restaurants and as taxi drivers. As the Sudanese population benefits from Denmark’ free educational system, they are gaining jobs which require more skills. Upon arrival in Denmark, the Sudanese must get a place to live, learn the Danish language and enroll their children in schools. Becoming fluent in Danish and becoming accustomed to the new Western culture may take years. The Sudanese people face a huge challenge in fitting into a modern European society and at the same time, retaining their Arab culture, religion and language. They speak their own language at home and Danish on the job and with their neighbors.

In traditional Sudanese families, the parents chose the spouse of their children. This pattern of behavior will change as Sudanese young people are educated in Danish schools and adapt to the European culture. Danish citizens normally have fewer children than the Muslims coming into the country. In Sudanese culture the more sons a married couple have, the more they consider themselves blessed by Allah.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Sudanese Arabs living in Denmark are Sunni Muslims, though there are Christians among them. The Sudanese Arabs try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. Sunnis believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain paradise upon death. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols. For many younger Sudanese Arabs their Islam has become more cultural than religious. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

What Are Their Needs?

The Sudanese living in Denmark must come to understand that neither Islam nor material wealth will gain them the joy and peace of mind they seek. Jesus or Isa is much more than a prophet as he is described in the Koran. Only Jesus can forgive their sins and give them eternal life. Newly arrived Sudanese need help in learning Danish, finding housing and employment and getting their children in schools.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Holy Spirit will soften the hearts of Sudanese Arabs towards Christians. Ask God to grant wisdom and favor to churches and mission agencies focusing on the Sudanese.

Ask the Lord to send additional long-term laborers to live among the Sudanese in Denmark and share the love of Christ with them.

Pray for effectiveness of the JESUS Film among the Sudanese Arabs in Europe.

Pray for God to raise up disciple making movement among the Sudanese Arabs in Denmark in this decade.

Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Sudanese in Denmark.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Sudanese
People Name in Country Arab, Sudanese
Natural Name Sudanese Arab
Pronunciation soo-dun-EEZ AE-rub
Alternate Names Arabic, Sudanese Spoken; Sudanese; Sudanese Arab
Population this Country 700
Population all Countries 18,599,000
Total Countries 19
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15104
ROP3 Code 109571
ROP25 Code 300419
ROP25 Name Arab, Sudanese
Country Denmark
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Denmark
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
90.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Sudanese (700 speakers)
Language Code apd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Sudanese (700 speakers)
Language Code apd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Sudanese

Primary Language:  Arabic, Sudanese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1927-1964)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1978-2022)
Bible-Complete No
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Jesus Film Project
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 Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Arabic, Sudanese Spoken YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Arabic, Sudanese Spoken YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Photo Source David Haberlah - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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