Drukpa in Denmark

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Introduction / History

The Drukpa are the dominant people group in Bhutan, a small nation in the Himalayan Mountains. They are Tibetan Buddhist. People who have left Bhutan are often thought of as Drukpas, even though some of them are actually Nepalis, a Hindu people group that usually lives to the west of Bhutan. Nepalis in Bhutan have been violently persecuted in recent years, so some have fled to peaceful nations like Denmark.

Where Are they Located?

The Drukpa people live in the remote nation of Bhutan. Not many move out of the country, but a few have migrated to countries like the United States, India or Denmark.

What Are Their Lives Like?

At this time, the Drukpa are refugees. They have not fully settled into Denmark with all that entails. As time goes on, they will need to find employment, which will be difficult. Bhutan has very little modern infrastructure, and they will need to adjust to a nation that is very advanced in this area.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Drukpa believe that they have been Buddhists since the Tibetan sage Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in AD 746. The Drukpas are Tibetan Buddhist. This form of Buddhist blends Buddhist teachings with bon, an ancient form of shamanism.

What Are Their Needs?

The Drukpa and other peoples from Bhutan need to master the Danish language and gain appropriate job skills if they are going to make a contribution in Denmark. Some are probably traumatized by being persecuted in the Himalayan nation, and that will need to be addresses.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Drukpa, Dzongkha in Denmark.

* Pray for a disciple making movement among the Drukpa to emerge in Europe.
* Pray for believers to rise to the occasion to help the Drukpa people in Denmark to learn language and job skills.
* There are Drukpa people in Bhutan who have committed to following Christ. Pray that these people will be used of God to take the gospel to Drukpa people in India and Denmark.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Bhutanese profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Drukpa
People Name in Country Drukpa, Dzongkha
Natural Name Drukpa
Population this Country 600
Population all Countries 231,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bhotia; Bhutanese; Drukpu; Druku; Dukpa; Jonkha; Krukke; Lachengpa; Lachungpa; Ngalong; Ngarung; Rezongkha; Sikami; Thompa; Zongkhar; द्रकपा
People ID 16745
ROP3 Code 111992
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 Language Dzongkha (600 speakers)
Language Code dzo   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Dzongkha (600 speakers)
Language Code dzo   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Dzongkha

Primary Language:  Dzongkha

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1970)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2000-2007)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2010)
Bible-NT Audio 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 (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dzongkha
Film / Video Ken Anderson Films Online
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
70.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
30.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Steve Evans  Creative Commons 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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