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Spain, Population

Mediterranean people, Galicians, Gitanos, eastern islands, Visigoths

The Spanish people are essentially a mixture of the indigenous peoples of the Iberian Peninsula with the successive peoples who conquered the peninsula and occupied it for extended periods. These added ethnologic elements include the Romans, a Mediterranean people, and the Suevi, Vandals, and Visigoths, Teutonic peoples. Semitic elements are also present. Several ethnic groups in Spain have kept a separate identity, culturally and linguistically. These include the Catalans (16 percent of the population), who live principally in the northeast and on the eastern islands; the Galicians (7 percent), who live in northwestern Spain; the Basques, or Euskal-dun (2 percent), who live chiefly around the Bay of Biscay; and the nomadic Spanish Roma (Gypsies), also called Gitanos.

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Mediterranean people, Galicians, Gitanos, eastern islands, Visigoths, Bay of Biscay, Iberian Peninsula, Catalans, Basques, Spanish people, Gypsies, Vandals, indigenous peoples, Romans, ethnic groups, population, northeast, mixture, percent, extended periods


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