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Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Cuba

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Ethnicity

Cuba mostly consists of people of that are ethnically European (primarily Spanish). In addition to this group of ethnic Europeans, another quarter of the population is "mestizo," which is a combination of ethnic American Indians and Europeans. Another 10% of the population is of African descent, many of whose ancestors were brought to the Caribbean with the slave trade. Among these people, their ethnic variation can be significant as their ancestors came from numerous parts of Africa.

Language

Spanish is the only official language of Cuba and nearly everyone is a native Spanish speaker. Spanish is a Romance language also spoken in Spain; it is closely related to other Romance languages, including Portuguese, Italian, French, Romanian, others. The dialect of Spanish in Cuba is quite distinct in comparison to that of Spain and there are also many minor differences in the language across Latin America.

Religion

About 85% of the people of Cuba are Roman Catholic although few of these people regularly practice the religion. Protestant groups, Jehovah's Witnesses and Jews are also present, but again few people are practicing, partially due to the government discouraging the practice of 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