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Turks in Denmark

Turks in Denmark
Total population
28,892 (Statistics Denmark 1.Q. 2015)[1]
Other estimates suggests 70,000[2][3]
Regions with significant populations
Aarhus, Copenhagen, Høje-Taastrup, Ishøj
Predominantly Islam
(mostly Sunni and some Alevis)

Turks in Denmark or Danish Turks (Danish: Tyrkere i Danmark; Turkish: Danimarka Türkleri) refers to people living in Denmark with ancestral background from Turkey. The group mainly includes ethnic Turks, They currently form the largest immigrant group.[4] According to the official statistics there are 28,892 people off background, connected to Turkey, of whom - 20 265 are immigrant and - 8,614 descendant.


At the end of the 1950s Denmark required a high labour demand which triggered labour immigration mainly from Turkey and Yugoslavia.[5]


As of October 2011, Statistics Denmark recorded 60,299 people with origins from Turkey living in Denmark, with 44,626 in Zealand, 12,569 in Jutland, 3,086 in Funen, and 18 in Bornholm.[6]



Within the home environment the mother tongue is most dominant and children are expected to speak Turkish. However, Danish is spoken outside the home creating a bilingual identity.[7]


The majority of Turks regard themselves as [9] The Diyanet’s major competing Islamic networks are the Millî Görüş as well as the Alevi association.[9]



Notable people

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