Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Brazil
Just over half of Brazil's population claims to be entirely
of European descent. Among these people most have at least some Portuguese in them,
but Spanish, Germany, and Italian are other common ethnicities found in Brazil today.
Another 40% claims to be a combination of European and African. The last 10% is
made up of people who are entirely of African descent or belong to smaller ethnic
groups, including the many indigenous groups in Brazil.
The only official language in Brazil is Portuguese and this
is overwhelmingly the most widely spoken language in the country. In some border
areas Spanish is spoken and among many ethnic minorities various other languages
are also spoken, including Italian, Japanese, German, and some indigenous languages.
Portuguese is a Romance language that is very similar to Spanish and more distantly
related French, Italian, Romanian, and others.