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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Sri Lankan, Sinhalese of Europe

People Group Info

Total Population: 55,000

ROP3 Code: 109305
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Sinhala
Language: Sinhala - (sin)
Religion: Buddhism
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka

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Majority Located Where

  Rome, Italy - 33,000

  Greater London, United Kingdom - 7,792

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Brief Profile

The Sri Lankan Sinhalese speak Sinhalese, which is known as Sinhala, as their native language and constitute about 75% of the Sri Lankan population.

Known countries with Sinhalese diaspora in Europe include Italy and the United Kingdom. The majority fled as refugees in the 1980s, escaping the violent civil conflict in Sri Lanka.

Italy was attractive to the Sinhalese due to perceived easier employment opportunities and entry, compared to other European countries. The major Sinhalese communities in Italy are located in Lombardia (In the districts Loreto and Lazzaretto), Milan, Lazio, Rome, Naples, and Southern Italy (Particularly Palermo, Messina and Catania).

Over 50% of the Sinhalese population in the United Kingdom reside in Greater London.

The majority are Theravada Buddhist with a minority being Roman Catholic. One may easily confise their Buddhist practices with those of Hinduism. Some of these practices may relate to ancient indigenous beliefs and traditions on spirits, worship of deities and godlings and some figures that appear as demons. Some of these demonic figures are used in healing rituals. Such practices are often indigenous to their island homeland, Sri Lanka.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that evangelical Christians will naturally share their faith in word and deed by becoming friends with the Sinhalese speaking diaspora.
  • Pray that God will work through dreams and other means to reveal Jesus Christ as the true Messiah for the Sinhalese speaking diaspora.
  • Pray God will break down barriers that prevent Sinhalese speaking diaspora from understanding and receiving the message of Jesus Christ.

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Country City Metro Area Name Baseline Population
United KingdomBusheyGreater London7,792