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Where do Camino Pilgrims Come From? (Map)

August 26, 2010

In my last post, I selfishly mapped out the 29 nationalities I met on the Camino. This time around, I took the complete and official stats on all pilgrims that walk the Camino from the Archibishops office in Santiago, applying them to a distribution map. Here are the results from 2009:

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The key on the left represents the number of pilgrims (duh), with each country displaying a corresponding color. Countries in gray sent less than 10 pilgrims to the Camino, and therefore weren’t counted.

As the map shows, the Camino is still relatively Euro-centric. Over half of the 145,877 pilgrims from 2009 were Spanish (79,007), and about 90% of all pilgrims hailed from Europe. Here’s a different version of the map to give an idea just how wide the gap is between countries like France and Peru:

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Western and Spanish speaking countries are obviously well represented due to a larger Catholic population and the fact that Spanish is the primary language along the Camino. In the east, South Koreans seem to travel relatively well (1079) pilgrims, and of course there’s the always travel-ready Australians (1015).

Only 4 Malaysians walked in 2009, making the Malaysian woman I met the most unlikely nationality I talked to during my pilgrimage last September/October. So rare, Malaysia didn’t even meet my “over 10” criteria. There I go being all selfish again.

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