People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Somali of Europe

People Group Info

Total Population: 373,900

ROP3 Code: 109392
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa
People Cluster: Somali
Language: Somali - (som)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Somalia

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Majority Located Where

  Greater London, United Kingdom - 98,000

  Greater Manchester, United Kingdom - 3,868

European Somali populations include: United Kingdom (98,000), Sweden (66,400), Norway (43,196), Netherlands (39,500), Germany (38,700), Denmark (21,200), Finland (20,000), Italy (8,300), Switzerland (7,100), Austria (6,161), Belgium (2,630), Ireland (1,500)

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Brief Profile

Somalia, the country known for pirates and camels, also boasts a population that is over 99% Muslim, placing it among the most Muslim nations in the world. Unique, however, is that fact that Somalia has had over 40% of its population displaced in recent years due to civil war. Somalis fled to refugee camps in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Yemen, and have been dispersed to many nations in the world.

They more often than not arrive in their homeland with a history of trauma, often struggling with depression from war and the loss of so much. Many arrive with a radical faith—from environments in which Sharia law is strictly enforced. Moreover, they often arrive with large families, or what remains of them, but little in terms of material or educational means. As they struggle to make sense of a new land, many often face prejudice and cultural misunderstanding. Their strict adherence to Islam isolates them in their new country.

A Somali proverb says, “Only water in your hands can satisfy your thirst.” But Jesus once told a foreign woman at a well that “Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again–ever! In fact, the water I give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” (John 4:14)

What if God uprooted a nation and inserted them into ours so that they could find Water that would never leave them thirsty again? How satisfying would that Water be for their thirst? Who will put it in their hands?

Prayer Points

  • Pray for openness of Somalis to hearing the Gospel.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to begin working on the hearts of Somalis to recognize that intimacy with God comes only through a relationship with Christ.
  • Pray for gospel laborers to enter into the harvest field of Somalis who are living among them.

Other Resources

List of services in Berlin
Here you find the contact details and times of 69 different church services in Berlin

resources in many languages
If you need resources and media in different languages, the best sources in Germany are on this list

Arabic school
At this school there are during the year Arabic seminars. It is quite inexpensive. Volkshochschule der Hanse- und Universitätsstadt Rostock Am Kabutzenhof 20 a 18057 Rostock Tel.: +49 381 381-4300

Arabisch (Universität) Rostock
Als Student, aber auch als Gasthörer, mit entsprechender Anmeldung, kann man hier Arabisch bis A2 lernen. Sehr günstig.

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Country City Metro Area Name Baseline Population
United KingdomLondonGreater London98,000
United KingdomManchesterGreater Manchester3,868