Portuguese Venezuelans

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Portuguese Venezuelans
  • Luso-venezuelanos
  • Luso-venezolanos
Total population
1.5 million
Spanish and/or Portuguese
Roman Catholicism

Portuguese Venezuelans (or Luso-Venezuelans) are Portuguese-born citizens with Venezuelan citizenship or Venezuelan-born citizens of Portuguese ancestry or citizenship. Mostly located in Caracas, Valencia and Maracaibo, the Portuguese community of Venezuela are among the largest ethnic groups in the country.

Portuguese arrived to Venezuela in the early and middle 20th century, as immigrants, mostly from Madeira Island. Venezuela has the second largest Portuguese diaspora in Latin America and fourth in The Americas. There is strong interest among a large segment of the Portuguese in Venezuela to preserve the culture and familial bond with the old country Portugal, while they along with Italians and Germans have been important in the development of Venezuela.


The State of Portuguesa takes its name from the Portuguesa River, in which a Portuguese women is said to have drowned.

Notable Portuguese Venezuelans[edit]