Ibero-America (Spanish: Iberoamérica, Portuguese: Ibero-América) Iberian America, or simply Latin America (though there are differing definitions of that term) is generally considered to be the region in the Americas comprising countries or territories where Spanish or Portuguese are predominant languages (usually former territories of Portugal or Spain). Portugal and Spain are themselves included in some definitions, such as that of the Ibero-American Summit and the Organization of Ibero-American States. The Organization of Ibero-American States also includes Spanish-speaking Equatorial Guinea, in Central Africa,[1][2] but not the Portuguese-speaking African countries. The Latin Recording Academy, the organization responsible for the Latin Grammy Awards, also includes Spain and Portugal as well as the Latino population of Canada and the United States in their definition of Ibero-America.[3]


The prefix Ibero- and the adjective Iberian refer to the Iberian Peninsula in Europe, which includes Portugal and Spain. Ibero-America includes all Hispanic American countries in North, Central, and South America plus the Hispanophone Caribbean, as well as Portuguese-speaking Brazil. Ibero-America makes up the overwhelming bulk of Latin America, but is differentiated from Latin America by the exclusion of the French-speaking country of Haiti, the French overseas departments of French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe, and the French collectivities of Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy. Belize and Guyana, whose official language is English, and Dutch-speaking Suriname, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten are not considered to be either Ibero-American or Latin American.

Since 1991, the Iberoamerican Community of Nations organizes a yearly Ibero-American Summit meeting of the heads of state and governments of the Ibero-American countries, including Spain, Portugal and Andorra,[4][5] this has since changed to biannually from 2014.

Countries and population in the Americas edit

  • Spanish-speaking: (430,567,462 speakers)
  Argentina: 47,327,407
  Bolivia: 12,186,079
  Chile: 19,629,588
  Colombia: 52,085,170
  Costa Rica: 5,044,197
  Cuba: 11,089,511
  Dominican Republic: 11,434,005
  Ecuador: 17,483,326
  El Salvador: 6,602,370
  Guatemala: 17,980,803
  Honduras: 9,571,352
  Mexico: 129,875,529
  Nicaragua: 6,359,689
  Panama: 4,337,768
  Paraguay: 6,218,879
  Peru: 34,352,720
  Puerto Rico (U.S. Commonwealth): 9,110,869 (Puerto Rico & Mainland United States)
  Uruguay: 3,444,263
  Venezuela: 30,518,260
  • Portuguese-speaking: (227,661,177 speakers)
  Brazil: 203,062,512

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Presentación, Acerca de la OEI, Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura. Accessed on line October 22, 2007.
  2. ^ Países Archived 2007-11-12 at the Wayback Machine, Cumbres Iberoamericanas de Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno. Accessed on line October 22, 2007.
  3. ^ Abaroa, Gabriel (2019). "The First Twenty Years". 20a Entrega Anual del Latin Grammy. The Latin Recording Academy: 6. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  4. ^ Ibero-American Summit Archived 2007-12-06 at the Wayback Machine, Foreign Office, Republic of Brazil. Accessed on line October 22, 2007.
  5. ^ pp. 312–313, Spain: Democracy Regained, Ergasto Ramón Arango, Spain: Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-2915-9.

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