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Transcript of Peru
Brandon Britt, Sofie Kruger, Felicity Taylor, Gabi Walton
Religion & Society
Religion is mainly Roman Catholic (more than 75%)
Peru is organized into 3 social classes
The upper class is mostly found in urban centers (approx. 3%)
The middle class consists of working class families, small business owners, and teachers (approx. 60%)
40th largest in the world by total GDP
One of the world's fastest growing economies with a 2012 GDP growth rate of 6.3%
Per capital GDP above $12,000
Core of sound economic performance:
prudent fiscal spending
high international reserve accumulation
external debt reduction
achievement of investment grade status
Happiness and Quality of Life Index
Peru has an HPI of 52.4 and ranks #24 out of the 151 countries analyzed.
Quality of Life Index:
as of 2005 Peru is ranked 53
Life in Peru
1,669 murders were committed in 2013
Narcotics production and trafficking is a huge problem, Peru is the number 1 producer of cocaine.
The number of kidnappings for ransom throughout the country is under reported.
Express Kidnappings: often the perpetrators are taxi drivers who are working for as part of an organized criminal group
In Arequipa, Peru, express kidnapping is such a problem to the point where all U.S. Embassy personnel are prohibited from hailing taxis off the street.
differences in the pattern of daily life for Peruvians, depending on their social class and whether they live in rural or urban settings.
very dependent on the agricultural cycle
Most work is done during daylight hours; people rise early and go to bed early
pastoralists follow a distinct annual cycle that in many ways is more difficult (and certainly more isolated) than that of rural farmers.
Peru's independence movement was set forth by a rebellion of Spanish-American landowners.
It was led by leaders Jóse de san Martín of Argentina and Simón Bolívar of Venezuela.
Jóse de san Martín led a military campaign of 4,200 soldiers.
The journey was organized and financed by Chile; it sailed from Valparaiso in August of 1820.
The president of Peru (Ollanta Humala) is both head of state & head of government
Peru is an independent country, that has many different aspects. It is known for its cultural influences as well as its historic and one of its historic landmarks.
The lower class consists of farmers, immigrants, and low income households
They have blended Catholicism with their traditional beliefs
Head of State
- Highest ranking constitutional position in state
Head of Government
- Generic term for either highest or second highest official in the executive branch of a sovereign state