We all know that almost every country is represented on the Camino. But do you know what were the countries with the most representation in 2019*?
According to the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago, these were the five most represented countries:
Italy is not that close to Spain, so we’re guessing that Italy’s strong Catholic tradition explains the 28,749 (8.27%) Italian pilgrims and its second place.
Germany usually ranks higher than France, which may come as a surprise considering their distance from Spain. German celebrity’s Hape Kerkeling’s account of the Camino in 2006 may have something to do with this. In 2019, 26,167 (7.53%) Germans requested their Compostela.
#4 The USA
If you factor in travel costs and distance, the USA’s fourth place is simply amazing. In 2019, 20,652 American pilgrims (5.94%) requested their Compostela. Most likely, many more walked sections of the Camino. Fresco Tours can proudly state that 600 American pilgrims chose to walk with us.
No surprise here, Portugal is next door and it is the starting place for the Camino Portugués. In 2019, 17,450 (5.02%) Portuguese pilgrims requested their Compostela.
Unexpectedly, and considering that the classic French Camino route starts in France, French pilgrims rank sixth with 9,248 (2.66%) pilgrims.
What about Spain?
Spain ranks #1, with 146350 pilgrims (42.11%) requesting their Compostela in 2021.
And Canada and Australia?
Canada scores an impressive 12th place in the ranking, with 5,279 (1.52%) pilgrims, and Australia an even more impressive 11th place with 5,301 (1.53%) pilgrims. Australia is 16,000 kilometres away and +20-hour flight(s)!
*We have chosen 2019 as it was the last season before the pandemic and the consequent travel restrictions.