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Venezuela

Venezuela People Stats

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Venezuelan citizens took to the streets in February 12 for mass protest actions against the administration of newly elected President Nicolas Maduro, who was elected president in 2013. Maduro took the place of Hugo Chavez. Three opposition members of Parliament led by former presidential candidate María Corina Machado, Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and Voluntad Popular (People's Will) party leader Leopoldo López were among the leaders.

It was intended to be a peaceful rally wherein students would be marching on the streets of Caracas to the Miraflores Presidential Palace and hand over a letter demanding change. The event was supposed to be finished at 2 p.m. after the politicians left the scene. However, police intervened and the peaceful demonstration became turned violent with protesters throwing rocks and police spraying tear gas on them. The situation escalated to the point where there was shooting that left three people dead including a policeman and several people injured.

Are Venezuelans really violent? Of course, the answer is negative since this incident was political in nature. In fact, people from this country in Latin America are known to be sociable and friendly. More than 90 percent of the population is composed of Roman Catholics while the rest are Protestants and atheists. There is a small Muslim community dispersed across the country’s 23 states. A small Jewish community also settled down in the capital city of Caracas. Venezuela is home to roughly 28 million people composed of groups of Europeans, American Indians, Asians, Africans and Middle Eastern immigrants. Most of the European settlers came from Spain but a large number of Germans, Italians, Portuguese, and North Americans come to Venezuela during the mid-20th century.

Definitions

  • Age structure > 0-14 years: The distribution of the population according to age. Information is included by sex and age group (0-14 years, 15-64 years, 65 years and over). The age structure of a population affects a nation's key socioeconomic issues. Countries with young populations (high percentage under age 15) need to invest more in schools, while countries with older populations (high percentage ages 65 and over) need to invest more in the health sector. The age structure can also be used to help predict potential political issues. For example, the rapid growth of a young adult population unable to find employment can lead to unrest.
  • Age structure > 65 years and over: The distribution of the population according to age. Information is included by sex and age group (0-14 years, 15-64 years, 65 years and over). The age structure of a population affects a nation's key socioeconomic issues. Countries with young populations (high percentage under age 15) need to invest more in schools, while countries with older populations (high percentage ages 65 and over) need to invest more in the health sector. The age structure can also be used to help predict potential political issues. For example, the rapid growth of a young adult population unable to find employment can lead to unrest."
  • Birth rate: The average annual number of births during a year per 1,000 persons in the population at midyear; also known as crude birth rate. The birth rate is usually the dominant factor in determining the rate of population growth. It depends on both the level of fertility and the age structure of the population.
  • Death rate: The average annual number of deaths during a year per 1,000 population at midyear; also known as crude death rate. The death rate, while only a rough indicator of the mortality situation in a country, accurately indicates the current mortality impact on population growth. This indicator is significantly affected by age distribution, and most countries will eventually show a rise in the overall death rate, in spite of continued decline in mortality at all ages, as declining fertility results in an aging population.
  • Death rate, crude > Per 1,000 people: Death rate, crude (per 1,000 people). Crude death rate indicates the number of deaths occurring during the year, per 1,000 population estimated at midyear. Subtracting the crude death rate from the crude birth rate provides the rate of natural increase, which is equal to the rate of population change in the absence of migration.
  • Ethnic groups: This entry provides a rank ordering of ethnic groups starting with the largest and normally includes the percent of total population.
  • Marriage, divorce and children > Total divorces per thousand people: Total number of divorces in given year by country. Figures expressed per thousand people for the same year.
  • Population: Population, total refers to the total population.
  • Population > Population growth, past and future: Population growth rate (percentage).
  • Population growth rate: The average annual percent change in the population, resulting from a surplus (or deficit) of births over deaths and the balance of migrants entering and leaving a country. The rate may be positive or negative. The growth rate is a factor in determining how great a burden would be imposed on a country by the changing needs of its people for infrastructure (e.g., schools, hospitals, housing, roads), resources (e.g., food, water, electricity), and jobs. Rapid population growth can be seen as threatening by neighboring countries.
  • Population in 2015: (Thousands) Medium-variant projections.
  • Sex ratio > At birth: The number of males for each female one of five age groups - at birth, under 15 years, 15-64 years, 65 years and over, and for the total population. Sex ratio at birth has recently emerged as an indicator of certain kinds of sex discrimination in some countries. For instance, high sex ratios at birth in some Asian countries are now attributed to sex-selective abortion and infanticide due to a strong preference for sons. This will affect future marriage patterns and fertility patterns. Eventually it could cause unrest among young adult males who are unable to find partners.
  • Sex ratio > Total population: The number of males for each female one of five age groups - at birth, under 15 years, 15-64 years, 65 years and over, and for the total population. Sex ratio at birth has recently emerged as an indicator of certain kinds of sex discrimination in some countries. For instance, high sex ratios at birth in some Asian countries are now attributed to sex-selective abortion and infanticide due to a strong preference for sons. This will affect future marriage patterns and fertility patterns. Eventually it could cause unrest among young adult males who are unable to find partners.
  • Total fertility rate: The average number of children that would be born per woman if all women lived to the end of their child-bearing years and bore children according to a given fertility rate at each age. The total fertility rate is a more direct measure of the level of fertility than the crude birth rate, since it refers to births per woman. This indicator shows the potential for population growth in the country. High rates will also place some limits on the labor force participation rates for women. Large numbers of children born to women indicate large family sizes that might limit the ability of the families to feed and educate their children.
  • Urban and rural > Population living in cities proper: City population by sex, city and city type.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Age structure > 0-14 years 28.6% 2013 89th out of 228
Age structure > 65 years and over 5.8% 2013 124th out of 228
Birth rate 19.66 births/1,000 population 2013 89th out of 223
Death rate 5.23 deaths/1,000 population 2013 180th out of 223
Death rate, crude > Per 1,000 people 5.21 2011 170th out of 199
Ethnic groups Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German, African, indigenous people 2013
Marriage, divorce and children > Total divorces per thousand people 0.332 1979 71st out of 79
Population 28.46 million 2013 45th out of 251
Population > Population growth, past and future -0.233 2100 139th out of 227
Population growth rate 1.44% 2013 84th out of 231
Population in 2015 31,330 thousand 2015 43th out of 223
Sex ratio > At birth 1.05 male(s)/female 2013 120th out of 225
Sex ratio > Total population 0.98 male(s)/female 2013 131st out of 225
Total fertility rate 2.37 children born/woman 2013 91st out of 221
Urban and rural > Population living in cities proper 14.74 million 2011 8th out of 49

SOURCES: CIA World Factbook, 28 July 2005; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; United Nations Statistics Division. Source tables. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; United Nations Population Division; Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, World Population Prospects: The 2004 Revision and World Urbanization Prospects: http://esa.un.org/unpp; United Nations Statistics Division. Source tables

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Venezuelan citizens took to the streets in February 12 for mass protest actions against the administration of newly elected President Nicolas Maduro, who was elected president in 2013. Maduro took the place of Hugo Chavez. Three opposition members of Parliament led by former presidential candidate María Corina Machado, Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and Voluntad Popular (People's Will) party leader Leopoldo López were among the leaders.

It was intended to be a peaceful rally wherein students would be marching on the streets of Caracas to the Miraflores Presidential Palace and hand over a letter demanding change. The event was supposed to be finished at 2 p.m. after the politicians left the scene. However, police intervened and the peaceful demonstration became turned violent with protesters throwing rocks and police spraying tear gas on them. The situation escalated to the point where there was shooting that left three people dead including a policeman and several people injured.

Are Venezuelans really violent? Of course, the answer is negative since this incident was political in nature. In fact, people from this country in Latin America are known to be sociable and friendly. More than 90 percent of the population is composed of Roman Catholics while the rest are Protestants and atheists. There is a small Muslim community dispersed across the country’s 23 states. A small Jewish community also settled down in the capital city of Caracas. Venezuela is home to roughly 28 million people composed of groups of Europeans, American Indians, Asians, Africans and Middle Eastern immigrants. Most of the European settlers came from Spain but a large number of Germans, Italians, Portuguese, and North Americans come to Venezuela during the mid-20th century.

Posted on 20 May 2014

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