Thai in Denmark


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Introduction / History

The Central Tai, or Siamese, live on the country's rich central plain. The area, which includes the capital city of Bangkok, is watered by the Chao Phraya River. The Central Tai, who represent more than a third of the population, call themselves the Khon Thai, meaning "the free people."

Centuries ago the Thai lived north of Yangtzekiang in China. Relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward. They conquered many peoples and cultures as they sought a new homeland, and by the 10th century they had settled in what is now central Thailand. A bloodless revolution in 1932, led by westernized intellectuals, instituted a democratic constitutional monarchy. However, the country has suffered numerous governmental upheavals since then. Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society and even maintains social control. The Central Thai speak Thai, the official language of the country. However, most of the Thai people in Denmark are from a region called Isan that has its own language that is closer to Lao than Thai.

Most of the Thai in Denmark are from Isan, a region in northeastern Thailand that borders Laos and Cambodia. In Denmark, most live in Copenhagen, though some live in other cities and towns.

There is a special connection between the Danes and the Thai. People from both countries commonly go to the other country as tourists. In 2023, a Thai-Danish woman was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2023.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Thai people in Denmark are women who are working to support family members in Thailand. They can make far more money working in brothels than they can elsewhere, so many voluntarily become prostitutes. Others are cleaning women. Back in Thailand such women are considered heroes for providing for their families. Some are married to Danish men.

There are Thai people who have opened popular Thai restaurants. Thai boxing or Muaythai is becoming popular in Denmark.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Theravada Buddhism was introduced in Thailand in 329 B.C. Almost all of the Thai are followers of Buddha ("the enlightened one") and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining merit in pursuit of perfect peace, or nirvana. They commonly believe that to be Thai is to be a Buddhist; there is no other way for them. They blur the distinctions between various religious leaders. The women who come to Denmark are there to earn money, and few have time or energy to devote to spiritual matters.


What Are Their Needs?

The Thai do not suffer from the baggage of coming from a war-torn land like many other people groups in Denmark. However, they suffer spiritually from not having a loving God who would do anything to help them to flourish. Instead, they rely on Buddhism as a religion and as an aspect of their culture.


Prayer Points

Ask God to raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
Pray that God will grant wisdom and favor to the mission agencies that are currently ministering to the Thai people in Europe.
Ask the Lord to raise up strong indigenous churches and a Disciple Making Movement among the Thai people in Denmark.
Pray for believers to provide a place of refuge for Thai women who devote their time making money in degrading settings.


Scripture Prayers for the Thai in Denmark.


References

https://copenhagen.thaiembassy.org/en/content/part-18-the-vibrant-thai-community-in-denmark?cate=6037639bf53c8f119c49fd32
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_talk:Thai_people_of_Danish_descent
https://prachatai.com/english/node/6316
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZgqEvN8DHE


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Thai
People Name in Country Thai
Pronunciation tye
Alternate Names Bangkok Thai; Central Tai; Khon Tai; Lao Song; Siamese; Siamese Thai; Tai Noi; Thai Khom; Thai Klang; Thai Song
Population this Country 12,000
Population all Countries 24,271,000
Total Countries 29
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 11277
ROP3 Code 101940
ROP25 Code 308102
ROP25 Name Thai
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

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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
96.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
1.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Thai (12,000 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Thai (12,000 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Thai

Primary Language:  Thai

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1843-1977)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1883-2020)
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