Venezuelan of European descent
43.6% of the Venezuelan population
|Regions with significant populations|
|Entire country; highest percents found in Andean, Central, Capital region and major urban-conglomerations.|
small minorities speak Italian, Catalan, Basque, Galician, Portuguese, Arabic, English, French and Alemán Coloniero, a dialect of German language.
|Related ethnic groups|
|Other Venezuelans, Spaniards, Italians, Portuguese, Germans, Ukrainians, Syrians, Lebanese, Arab Venezuelan, White Colombians, White Hispanic, White Latin Americans White Americans|
White Venezuelan is a term to describe the Venezuelan citizen of European/Middle Eastern origin. According to the 2011 National Population and Housing Census, 43.6% of the population self recognized as white. At least 60% of Venezuelans have some degree of European ancestry.
Spaniards settled Venezuela during the colonial period. Most of them were from Andalusia, Galicia, Basque Country and from the Canary Islands. Until the last years of World War II, a large part of the European immigrants to Venezuela came from the Canary Islands, and its cultural impact was significant, influencing the development of the Spanish language in the country, the Venezuelan gastronomy and customs.
During the 19th century the bulk of the white Dominicans migrated to Venezuela due to the political and economic unstability in their country, especially after the French and Haitian annexation, but also because of constant coups and civil wars; they went from being the half to barely a fifth of the Dominican population.
With the beginning of oil operations during the first decades of the 20th century, citizens and companies from the United States, United Kingdom and Netherlands established themselves in Venezuela. Later, in the middle of the century, there was a new wave of originating immigrants from Spain (mainly from Galicia, Andalucia and the Basque Country), Italy (mainly from southern Italy and Veneto) and Portugal (from Madeira) and new immigrants from Germany, France, England, Croatia, Netherlands, the Middle East and other European countries, among others, animated simultaneously by the program of immigration and colonization implanted by the government.
Geographic distribution of White Venezuelan
List of Venezuelan states by White Venezuelan population
The following is a sortable table of Venezuelan states by White Venezuelan proportion of the population, according to the 2011 Census data.
|Rank||State||White Venezuelan Alone
|% White Venezuelan|
- Demographics of Venezuela
- Arab Venezuelan
- Mestizos in Venezuela
- White Latin American
- White Colombian
- "Resultado Básico del XIV Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2011 (Mayo 2014)". Ine.gov.ve. p. 29. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
- http://www.ine.gob.ve/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=95&Itemid=26 Venezuelan population by 30/Jun/2014 is 30,206,307 according National Institute of Stadistics
- Godinho, Neide Maria de Oliveira (2008). "O impacto das migrações na constituição genética de populações latino-americanas". Universidade de Brasília. Retrieved 1 August 2012.