Goierri

Goierri ("Highland(s)" in Basque; Spanish: Goyerri) or "Basque Highlands" is one of the eight comarcas (Eskualdea in the Basque language) in the Spanish province of Gipuzkoa. It is composed of 18 municipalities, Beasain, Ordizia and Lazkao being the main towns. The main administrative center is Beasain.

Goierri
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Country Spain
Autonomous communityBasque Country
ProvinceGipuzkoa
Main admin. HQBeasain
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total44,038
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

MunicipalitiesEdit

Municipality Population
2001[2]
Population
2011[3]
Population
2018[4]
Altzaga 106 161 179
Arama 163 198 205
Ataun 1,557 1,680 1,669
Beasain 12,108 13,719 13,881
Gabiria 422 483 488
Gaintza 133 124 129
Idiazabal 2,082 2,264 2,305
Itsasondo 576 675 641
Lazkao 4,920 5,406 5,646
Legorreta 1,351 1,478 1,430
Mutiloa 158 255 252
Olaberria 904 936 945
Ordizia 8,938 9,751 10,150
Ormaiztegi 1,170 1,318 1,302
Segura 1,225 1,460 1,432
Zaldibia 1,490 1,504 1,613
Zegama 1,294 1,539 1,519
Zerain 254 266 252
Totals 38,851 43,217 44,038

The Basque languageEdit

The region is traditionally Basque-speaking, having a higher proportion of Basque speakers than other comarcas in Gipuzkoa. According to data from 1996, around half the population of Goierri speak Basque as a mother tongue. The predominant dialect is the central dialect that proliferates much of Gipuzkoa's Basque speaking communities. Villages are more likely to be predominantly Basque-speaking with particularly strong Basque-speaking populations in the towns of Ordizia, Ataun, Lazkao and Beasain. Basque is the dominant language in education in the area, for example, Lazkao's San Benito Ikastola and Ataun San Martin's Joxemigel Barandiaran Eskola teaching exclusively through the Basque language with the exception of Spanish lessons.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Estimate at 1 January 2018: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Madrid.
  2. ^ Census at 1 November 2001: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Madrid.
  3. ^ Census at 1 November 2011: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Madrid.
  4. ^ Estimate at 1 January 2018: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Madrid.

Coordinates: 42°59′26″N 2°14′05″W / 42.99056°N 2.23472°W / 42.99056; -2.23472