TWR Europe is a region of TWR International, a global media ministry that engages millions in 190 countries with biblical truth. Speaking fluently in more than 230 languages and dialects, TWR exists to reach the world for Jesus Christ.
TWR’s worldwide team consists of more than 2,000 men and women, with offices, studios, broadcasting facilities, and partner organizations in more than 70 countries. TWR Europe’s broadcasts reach into Europe and Russia in around 50 languages and dialects.
TWR Europe’s ministry is comprised of four sub-regions:
TWR’s Northwestern Europe sub-region includes Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The combined population of this area is more than 215 million.
Though this part of Europe was home to the Reformation in the 16th century, Christianity is predominantly on the decline in Europe. Many parts of Northwestern Europe are considered post-Christian, and younger Europeans especially are exploring New Age spirituality, eastern religions, the concept of relative truth and the occult.
TWR has partner ministries in nine countries in northwestern Europe that broadcast Christian programming in their national languages and support TWR programs and projects in many other countries globally.
Central East Europe as a TWR ministry region stretches from the Baltic Sea to the Balkans.The region includes 130 million people and more than 40 distinct people groups.
Since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the Central East European countries have undergone dramatic political, economic and social changes. The majority of the countries in this region consider themselves Christian (mostly Roman Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox). There is also a notable Muslim minority Bosnia, Albania and Kosovo. Only a small percentage of people here profess faith in Jesus Christ.
Currently, TWR broadcasts in 19 languages in this region through the work of 10 partners. The programs are broadcast via several medium wave transmitters, FM networks, satellite and the internet. They include programs for children, youth and women, as well as evangelistic and Bible-teaching programs.
TWR's Southern Europe sub-region has national partners established in five countries: France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Greece. With the exception of Greece, all of these countries speak Latin-based languages. Today, these languages are spoken by over 900 million people worldwide.
The religious practice within these countries is predominantly Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy in Greece. Though the 16th century Reformation took place in Southern Europe, it did not leave a strong impact in the region due to the counter-Reformation movement significantly hindering its expansion.
TWR currently airs programs in all five countries of the Southern Europe sub-region through its national partners on local FM radio stations, as well as on a growing number of web radio stations.
Russia is by far the world’s largest country, spreading across Eastern Europe and Northern Asia over a total of nine time zones. The population of Russia today is estimated at around 144 million, and the 160 ethnic groups speak some 100 languages and dialects.
Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe after Russia. In 2015, the population of Ukraine was estimated at 45 million. The official language of the country is Ukrainian, but Russian is also widely understood.
Belarus is a landlocked republic in Eastern Europe with a population of 9.5 million. Belarus became independent in 1992, though government restrictions on freedom of speech, the press and religious activity continue.
The majority of residents in the Russia, Ukraine and Belarus sub-region consider themselves Orthodox Christians, although most do not attend church regularly. In all three countries, however, nearly all known Protestant denominations are present.
TWR has been preparing radio programs in the Russian language since 1958 and in the Ukrainian language since about 1962. Today, there are five recording studios in the region and programs are broadcast both from within as well as from neighboring countries.
TWR Europe also has regionally unique ministry initiatives, such as a ministry to refugees and the Roma people living in southern and eastern Europe.