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Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Andorra

Ethnicity

The citizens of Andorra are ethnically diverse, but the ethnic Andorrans are arguably a minority among these many groups. Nearly half the population claims to be ethnically Spanish. The number of people in the country who claim to be ethnic Andorran make up about a third of the population. The French and Portuguese make up much of the population's remainder.

There is some confusion between distinguishing the ethnic Spanish and Andorrans. Many of the people in Andorra who claim to be "Spanish" are actually ethnically Catalan. Likewise, the ethnically Andorran people are very similar to the ethnic Catalans. Between those claiming to be ethnically Spanish and those claiming to be ethnically Andorran, most are Catalan or very similar, making the line between Catalan, Spanish, and Andorran quite thin. In Andorra, most differences come in how an individual identifies as opposed to actual ethnic differences. The ethnic Andorrans, and Catalans, are an ethnic group that is essentially descended from ancient local peoples, the Romans, and Germans among others.

Language

Catalan is the official language of Andorra although French, Portuguese, and Spanish are also commonly heard. Catalan is a Romance language most closely related to French and Spanish; it is also spoken by the ethnic Catalan people in both Andorra and Spain.

Religion

Catholicism is the most common religion in Andorra as the Catalans, French, Spanish, and Portuguese generally all adhere to this religion.

Catholicism is a Christian religion that is one of the first Christian religions (founded after the death of Jesus in about 30-33 AD). Catholicism believes that there is a single God who created everything, a savior, the son of God, Jesus Christ who is the forgiver of sins, and there is the Holy Spirit, which makes up the last part of the Holy Trinity. Catholics follow the teachings of the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. Much of the faith is based on the life and teachings of Jesus, which is found in the gospels (in the New Testament).

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This page was last updated: May, 2014