REPUBLICA DEL ECUADOR
In Western South America. Coastal plain, inter-Andean central highlands, and flat to rolling eastern jungle.
283,560 km2 (slightly > NV), 5.7% arable.
Capital Quito (1.5M)
Population 13.9M (49/km2)
Life expectancy 76.8 years
Lang(s) Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
Religions Roman Catholic (95%), other (5%)
Ethnic Groups Mestizo (mixed Amerindian & white – 65%), Amerindian (25%), Spanish and other (7%), black (3%)
PCVs 1962 to present; health, agriculture, youth, and habitat conservation (Volunteers in country: 155; total to date (TTD): 5,623
Nat’l holiday Independence Day (independence of Quito), 10 August (1809)