Wednesday, April 23, 2008

facts about winnipeg

Winnipeg is the sunshine capital of Canada, with over 2300 hours of sun annually. The sky is arguably as blue as in southern Italy.[19] July is the sunniest month with 318 hours of bright sunshine, and November the least sunny, with 96. Winnipeg has the second clearest skies year-round and is the second sunniest city in Canada in the winter.

Ethnicity

Ethnic diversity is an important part of Winnipeg's culture. Most Winnipeggers are of European or Canadian descent. Visible minorities make up 16.3% of Winnipeg's population. Winnipeg is home to 38,155 people of Filipino descent, the highest concentration of persons of Filipino origin in Canada, and the second largest Filipino population in Canada after Toronto, which has 107,355 persons of Filipino origin[34][5] [6]

Language

More than 20 languages are spoken in Winnipeg, the most common is English, in which 99.0% of Winnipeggers are fluent. In terms of Canada's official languages, 88.0% of Winnipeggers speak only English, and 0.1% speak only French. Eleven percent speaks both English and French, while 0.9% speaks neither English nor French. Other languages spoken in Winnipeg include German (spoken by 4.1% of the population), Tagalog (3.4%), Ukrainian (3.1%), SpanishChinese and Polish (all three spoken by 1.7% of the population), as well as Aboriginal languages including Ojibway (0.6%), Cree (0.5%), Inuktitut and Micmac (both less than 0.1%). Other languages spoken in Winnipeg include PortugueseItalianIcelandicPunjabiVietnameseHindiRussianDutchNon-verbal languagesArabicCroatianGreekHungarianJapaneseCreoles,Danish, and Gaelic languages (all of which are spoken by roughly 1% or less of the population).[35]

Religion

The 2001 census states that 72.9 per cent of Winnipeg residents belong to a Christian denomination, 35.1% of which are Protestant, 32.6% Roman Catholic, and 5.2% other following Christian denominations. 5.6% of the population follows a religion other than Christianity—followers of Judaism make up 2.1% of the population, Followers ofBuddhism and Sikhism make up 0.9% of the population each, while Muslims make up 0.8% of the population. Hindus account for 0.6% of the population, while followers of other religions make up less than 0.5% of the population. 21.7% of Winnipeggers do not follow a religion.[36]



Ethnic Origins [29] [3]
PopulationPercentage
English141,48022.6
Scottish114,96018.4
German106,26017.0
Canadian104,13016.6
Ukrainian96,25515.4
French87,16513.9
Irish86,58013.9
multiple responses included
Visible minorities [30] [4]
PopulationPercentage
Total101,91016.3
Filipino36,8205.9
South Asian15,0802.4
Black14,2002.3
Chinese12,6602.0
Latin American5,3900.9
Southeast Asian5,3250.9
Multiple3,0600.5
Arab2,1150.3
Korean2,0650.3
West Asian1,8850.3
Japanese1,7250.3
Other1,5850.3



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnipeg

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