Peruvians of European descent

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Peruvians of European descent
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Total population
12,860,000 (20% of total population)
Regions with significant populations
Mainly in Lima and many other places of the Peruvian coast and the North macroregion (especially in their highlands).
Predominantly Peruvian Spanish
(Italian · German · English · French and some others languages are spoken by minorities)
Predominantly Christian (Roman Catholic, followed by Protestantism and Orthodox)
minorities Judaism, Atheist and Agnostic
Related ethnic groups
White Latin Americans · White Hispanics · White Brazilians · White Argentines · White Chileans · White Mexicans ·
Spaniards · Europeans

Peruvians of European descent, also known as White Peruvians, according to international reliable references, currently make up about 20% of the total population of Peru—about 12,860,000 people. Traditionally, this group has been more dominant in the political, commercial, and diplomatic sectors of Peruvian society. Many people from European backgrounds mixed with the Amerindians or Asians creating an entirely new demographic group called "mestizos, which compose around 60% of the population". European Peruvians live primarily in Lima, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Piura, Cajamarca and Arequipa, mainly in the Peruvian coast.[1] The following are the ethnic backgrounds of the majority of European-descended Peruvians: Spanish, Italian, German (includes Poles due to Partitions of Poland), French, British, Croatian and Irish. Peru is also home to some 42,000 Jews whose ancestors came mainly from Germany, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldova and Russia, among others.


European immigration to Peru began with the Spanish colonization of the Americas.


  1. ^ "Inmigración europea al Perú". 2007. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 

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