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South America

Location: South America
Capitol: Quito
Geographic coordinates: 2 00 S, 77 30 W

Area total: 283,560 sq km
land: 276,840 sq km
water: 6,720 sq km

Border: total: 2,010 km
border countries: Colombia 590 km, Peru 1,420 km

Coastline: 2,237 km
Population: 13,447,494 (July 2002 est.)
Density of population: person/km sq
Nationality: noun: Ecuadorian(s)
adjective: Ecuadorian
Languages: Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
Ethnic groups: mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 65%, Amerindian 25%, Spanish and others 7%, black 3%
Religions: Roman Catholic 95%
Life expactancy at birth
total population: 71.61 years
male: 68.79 years
female: 74.57 years (2002 est.)
Currency: US dollar (USD)
Government: republic

National Anthem

"Salve, Oh Patria!" ("We Salute You, Our Homeland") is the national anthem of Ecuador. The author of the lyrics, Juan Leon Mera, later served as president of the Ecuadorian Senate. The song was composed by Antonio Neumane. The anthem was officially adopted in 1886.


Salve, Oh Patria, mil veces!
¡Oh Patria, Gloria a ti! Gloria a ti!
Ya tu pecho, tu pecho, rebosa
Gozo y paz ya tu pecho rebosa;
Y tu frente, tu frente radiosa
Más que el sol contemplamos lucir,
Y tu frente, tu frente radiosa
Más que el sol contemplamos lucir.
Los primeros los hijos del suelo
Que soberbio, el Pichincha decora
Te aclamaron por siempre señora
Y vertieron su sangre por ti.
Dios miró y aceptó el holocausto
Y esa sangre fue germen fecundo
De otros héroes que atónito el mundo
Vió en tu torno a millares surgir.
a millares surgir,
a millares surgir.


O homeland, we greet you a thousand times!
Glory be to you, O homeland, glory be to you!
Your breast overflows with joy and peace,
And we see your radiant face shining
More brightly than the sun.
The worthy sons of the soil
Which Pichincha on high is adorning,
Always acclaimed you as sovereign lady
And shed their blood for you.
God observed and accepted the sacrifice,
And that blood was the prolific seed
Of other heroes whom the world in astonishment saw
Arising in thousands around you.

Posted by airwolf09 15:03 Archived in Ecuador Tagged round_the_world

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