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The Gran Canaria Population

The people of Gran Canaria are known for their hospitality to visitors and their peaceful and kind natures. Being so by reason of the continuous passage of peoples and cultures that has occurred

as a result of the island's strategic position between three continents.

The island's famed spring weather throughout the year and its natural resources provide the inhabitants of Gran Canaria with a very high quality of life.

Almost 96 per cent of the inhabitants of the Canary Islands are Roman Catholics, who are very tradition-conscious, which can be witnessed on big religious feast days and particularly during the 'Semana Santa' (Holy Week before Easter), when extensive celebrations take place all over the islands.

Gran Canaria is the most populated island of the Canarian Archipelago, ( 802.247  inhabitants in the year 2005 ), and is located near the West African Coast. Its population is Caucasian, from Spanish, Portuguese and French origins.

The population of Gran Canaria is young in comparison with that of the rest of the country and Europe, given the fact that the largest part of the population is between the ages of 15 and 45 years, the growth rate of the population being 3.71%, compared with the national average of 0.27%.

Maybe because of its youth, it is also the most cosmopolitan of the islands (especially the capital, being home to almost half of the population), which is what lends so many special traits to the island, finding expression in its open nature and cultural diversity.

A facet of the inhabitants that always intrigues the visitor is their manner of speech, which, despite the fact that it falls within the confines of perfectly understandable Spanish, has also been influenced by the linguistic diversity that was brought to the islands by the continuous passage of foreign visitors through the course of time.

For many people, the speech of the people of Gran Canaria is reminiscent of the Latin American dialects, in the sense that both have a sweetness of intonation, while it is also replete with curious practices, such as the use of the affectionate diminutive (Antońito instead of Antonio) and the substitution of the "c" and "z" by the "s".

In any event, the people of Gran Canaria are very accustomed to foreign languages and one can easily find local inhabitants who have taught themselves to speak and understand many foreign languages.

The island has a population of 802.247 with 378.628 (year 2005) of those in the capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is also the capital of the province of Las Palmas, ( Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote ) and also one of the two capitals of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, along Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Although smaller than Tenerife and Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria houses more than half of the entire population of the archipelago, mostly in Las Palmas. It’s now Spain’s seventh-largest city.

The Gran Canaria of today boasts, with an average of 465 people per square kilometre, the highest housing density not only of the archipelago but also of all European regions. Almost half of its population concentrates in the city of Las Palmas, a great ethnic mix lending it a very cosmopolitan image.

As a result of having been a bridge between Europe and  the continents of America and Africa for so long, many members of other nations – in particular merchant families and seafaring people – have  settled on the Canary Islands from early on.

Their descendants are fully integrated in the island’s society, where nobody would deny them their status of a genuine 'Canario'.

 
Instituto Canario de Estadística http://www.gobiernodecanarias.org
National Statistics Institute http://www.ine.es
   

 

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