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Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center, with decorated 16th- and 17th-century palaces and religious sites, like the ornate Compañía de Jesús Church.

Languages: Spanish (Castilian) 93% (official), Quechua 4.1%, other indigenous 0.7%, foreign 2.2%

Ethnic Groups: Mestizo 72%, Montubio 7%, African Ecuadorian 7%, Native South American 7%, White Ecuadorian 6%, other ethnicities 1%

Belief Systems: Roman Catholic Christianity 79%,Protestant Christianity 11%, Atheism or Agnosticism 7%, Jehovah's Witness Christianity 1%, other beliefs 2%


Population: 15.3 million people (World Rank: 68th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 143 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 155th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.32 %/yr (World Rank: 93rd) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 76.5 years (World Rank: 76th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 25.2 years (World Rank: 111th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Ecuador - Country Profile
From Geology.com

World Factbook

Ecuador - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Ecuador
Quick Citation

Ecuadorian Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Ecuadorian Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger.

Travel Info for Ecuador
from travelnotes.org

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