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Interesting Facts About Peru

Peru (officially the Republic of Peru) is a country located in South America. Here are some interesting facts about Peru.

Interesting Facts About Peru

  • Peru is classified as a ‘developing country’. About 40% of the population live in poverty.
  • The official (and most spoken) language in Peru is Spanish. Many Peruvians speak native languages.
  • Voting in elections is compulsory for all citizens aged 18 to 70.
  • Peru is divided into 25 different ‘regions’ and one province (the province of Lima).
  • Peru borders five countries- Ecuador (to the north), Columbia (to the north), Brazil (to the east), Bolivia (to the southeast) and Chile (to the South). It also borders the Pacific Ocean.
  • Trade to and from Peru is excepted to increase following a free trade agreement Peru signed with the United States in 2006. Peru’s main exports are fish meal, gold, copper, zinc and textiles.
  • The population is expected to reach 42 million by 2050.
  • Peru has a reasonable literacy rate- 92.9%.
  • It is compulsory for children to attend both primary and secondary school. It is free to attend public schools.
  • The capital, and largest city, in Peru is Lima.
  • Peru declared independence from Spain on July 28, 1821.
  • About 81% of the population describe themselves as Catholic. Only 2.9% of people identify themselves as ‘non-religious’.

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