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Somali in Seattle

Somalia

Nationality

Somali

Seattle Sister City Nation

No

Consulate in Seattle

No

Honorary Consul in Seattle

No

Trade Rep in Seattle

No

Companies from this nation operating in Seattle region

No

Nearest Consulate General

Washington, DC

Chamber of Commerce in PNW

No

Historical, Cultural & Community Groups, including places of worship.

Yes

Local Immigrant Population*

10000

*Immigrant Population is an estimated sum of the number of naturalized Americans from this country and citizens from this country living in the Seattle Metro Area under any sort of immigration visa.  It does not count the American offspring or descendants of immigrants from this country, which can go back many generations and account for large numbers of people.  1,000 is the default number when we don’t have a better count.

Languages:

Somali and Arabic are the official languages of Somalia.

Notes:

Somalis have been coming to the United States as immigrants for a century, including some in the PNW.  War accelerated the pace significantly with many more Somalis arriving since war consumed the Horn of Africa.  If you live in Seattle, then you surely have seen, met, or interacted with local Somalis.  Somali history is ancient; its culture and cuisine have been formed by millennia of interaction with other nationalities as a result of its strategic location on the old Spice Route.

 

It has never been easier to learn about or to taste a bit of Somalia in Seattle.  Don’t  be shy to ask a Somali about their traditions next time you cross paths.

Good Local Contact for this Nation is

Executive Director of Somali Community Services of Seattle at: