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Nicaragua People

    Population: 4,717,132 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 44% (male 1,037,269; female 1,018,909)
    15-64 years: 54% (male 1,236,326; female 1,297,356)
    65 years and over: 2% (male 54,706; female 72,566) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 2.84% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 35.04 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 5.6 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: -1.06 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.04 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.75 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 40.47 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 67.08 years
    male: 64.7 years
    female: 69.56 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 4.14 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Nicaraguan(s)
    adjective: Nicaraguan

    Ethnic groups: mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 69%, white 17%, black 9%, Amerindian 5%

    Religions: Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant 5%

    Languages: Spanish (official)
    note: English- and Amerindian-speaking minorities on Atlantic coast

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 65.7%
    male: 64.6%
    female: 66.6% (1995 est.)

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