Peruvian Culture

Other Considerations

  • Many Peruvians enjoy watching and playing football (soccer). It is common for children to be gifted a soccer ball as a birthday present. Football often acts as a way for people to bond, regardless of age.
  • Open displays of the communist symbol of the hammer and sickle is greatly frowned upon in Peru due to the country’s turbulent political history (see Politico-Economic Changes and Internal Conflict in ‘Core Concepts’).
  • Peru is the home of the ancient Inca Empire, famously known for its archaeological wonders such as Machu Picchu. However, contemporary Peruvian culture is diverse and distinct from its ancient heritage. Try to avoid making assumptions based on references in popular culture about the ancient civilisation of the Incas, as well as other cultural stereotypes such as herding llamas and alpacas.
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Peru
  • Population
    31,036,656
    [2017 est.]
  • Languages
    Spanish [official] (84.1%)
    Quechua [official] (13.0%)
    Aymara [official] (1.7%)
    Ashaninka (0.3%)
    Other native languages (0.7%)
    Other (0.2%)
    [2007 est.]
  • Religions
    Roman Catholic Christianity (81.3%)
    Evangelical Christianity (12.5%)
    Other (3.3%)
    No Religion (2.9%)
    [2007 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Amerindian (45.0%)
    Mestizo (37.0%)
    White (15.0%)
    Other (3%)
    [2007 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    64
    16
    42
    87
    25
    46
  • Australians with Peruvian Ancestry
    11,139 [2016 census]
Peruvians in Australia
  • Population
    9,556
    [2016 est.]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Peru
  • Average Age
    40
  • Gender
    Male (43.3%)
    Female (56.7%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (75.1%)
    Christian [nfd] (4.8%)
    Other (10.8%)
    No Religion (7.2%)
    Not stated (2.2%)
  • Ancestry
    Peruvian (56.3%)
    Spanish (19.2%)
    South American [nfd] (4.3%)
    Italian (3.6%)
    Other (16.6%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Spanish (84.5%)
    English (12.9%)
    Italian (0.7%)
    Other (1.3%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 85.6% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (61.2%)
    Victoria (14.4%)
    Queensland (11.2%)
    Western Australia (6.9%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (57.2%)
    2001-2006 (15.2%)
    2007-2011 (24.6%)
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