Capital: Quito

Population: 16,406,667 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: United States Dollar (USD)

Official Language: Spanish

Unofficial Languages: Quechua and other indigenous languages

Main Religion: Christianity

Ethnic Groups: Mestizo, Amerindian, Afro-Ecuadorian, Mulatto, and others

Largest Cities: Guayaquil, Quito, Cuenca, Santo Domingo de los Colorados

Main Sport: Football, Baseball, Volleyball

Political System: Republic

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Carnival (February 8-9)

Good Friday (March 25)

Labor Day (May 1)

The Battle of Pichincha (May 24)

Independence Day (August 10)

Independence of Guayaquil (October 9)

All Saints´s Day (November 2)

Independence of Cuenca (November 3)

Christmas Day (December 25)

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