South Asian in Norway


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Introduction / History

There are many South Asians in Norway, and Pakistanis are the largest group. Before 1970 South Asian migrants preferred other European countries like the U.K. and Germany because of higher wages. When oil was discovered in the North Sea, Norwegians and South Asians took advantage of the new job opportunities. Friends and families in South Asia were told about work opportunities by those already in Norway. Agents began to transport many Pakistanis to Oslo. The Pakistanis already in Norway helped the new migrants and Norwegian authorities issued fresh work permits. Immigrant controls came into being later and this discouraged students from coming to Norway.

There are fewer Indians in Norway, though the number is still significant. They, like the Pakistanis, came in the late 1960s. Like the Pakistanis, the Indians went into semi-skilled and unskilled work that they did not do in their home countries. Some went into higher education. By 1980, women joined the men and South Asian communities began. They remain close to their families in their home countries.

Gujarati refugees came from Uganda to Norway in the 1970s. From 1987 large numbers of Tamils came as refugees from Sri Lanka. By 2000 there were more Sri Lankan Tamils in Norway than Indians.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Pakistanis remain the largest South Asian immigrant group in Norway. Today more than half of the Pakistanis are Norwegian citizens though their numbers are decreasing.


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What Are Their Beliefs?

The South Asians in Norway can be Hindu, Sikh or Christian. There is a slight Sunni Muslim majority who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

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.

Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.

In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

These people need to realize that they cannot please God without being empowered by the Holy Spirit. They cannot have the Holy Spirit without Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for the few South Asian believers to be filled with the love and the power of the Holy Spirit so they will be equipped to preach, teach, and disciple.

Pray that Bibles will be effectively distributed throughout Norway and have a strong spiritual impact on the South Asian peoples.

Pray for the effectiveness of the JESUS Film in Norway.

Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the South Asians in Norway.


Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, general in Norway.


References

www.urmila.de/english/europeindex.html

http://www.urmila.de/DesisinD/Europa/norway.html

https://www.frisch.uio.no/english/publications/?pubid=812

https://blogs.prio.org/2021/04/how-relevant-is-stopasianhate-in-norway/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General South Asian, general
People Name in Country South Asian, general
Natural Name South Asian
Pronunciation AY-zhun
Population this Country 27,000
Population all Countries 12,066,000
Total Countries 59
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 19211
ROP3 Code 115527
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

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Primary Language Urdu
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Hindi Sinhala
Primary Language Urdu
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Hindi
  Sinhala
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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 Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
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
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
25.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.70 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
20.00 %
Islam
50.00 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more