Monday, 6 January 2014

I'm off then...to Sevilla




Santiago, 8am:

The rain is lashing down...again! I'm packed and ready to leave for the airport. Two or three days in Seville visiting friends and then walking north on the Via de la Plata to Salamanca or beyond!

See you in a month or so!

Best wishes

John

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Catholic priests wanted




Santiago de Compostela

Ministry to Pilgrims

Priests and religious who have
made the pilgrimage to Santiago
are sought to provide a voluntary
pastoral service including daily
mass and confession for pilgrims
in the Cathedral.

If interested you should be able
to make a commitment of
at least two weeks.

Applications for longer term
placements, for example for those
on sabbatical, are also welcome.

Accommodation is provided.
Further information contact:

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Pilgrims Statistics from Santiago - for all of 2013

Growth rate more than doubles in 2013

Talking about New Year

Happy New Year!

Yesterday was Hogmanay or the Noche Vieja as it is called in Spain, the final day of the year. The Pilgrims’ Office was due to close at 2pm and at 1.50pm I extracted the numbers for the year to report them to you. No sooner had the database produced the goods when the door opened and the last two pilgrims of the year arrived. Meet Ana and Marta from Portugal who had walked 5 days from Ourense to spend New Year in Santiago. Congratulations girls!

They aren’t included in the statistics nor is the handful of pilgrims who arrived later yesterday and who received their Compostelas in the sacristy of the cathedral. They will be added to the annual statistics which will be published later in the year after all of the data for the year is reviewed. So this is a preliminary glimpse of the figures. Enjoy.

Talking about growth – the overall picture

Between 2011 and 2012 the number of pilgrims who registered with the Pilgrims’ Office in Santiago rose by 5% from 183,366 to 192,488
In 2013 numbers have grown by a thumping 12%, with 215,856 pilgrims receiving Compostelas.

Talking about the future - will the Camino continue to grow?
It certainly looks that way. Michael Mernagh from Ireland has produced this interesting graph in which he has not included the “bulges” which occur in Holy Years.

 Talking English –  the increase in the English speaking countries
Country
 2012
2013
Growth %
Australia
1885
3098
64%
Canada
2904
3373
16%
Ireland
3844
5012
30%
South Africa
711
727
2%
United Kingdom
3758
4207
12%
USA
7071
10251
45%
New Zealand
377
520
38%


Talking about long distance walkers
Meet Werner Van Zuylen from Belgium who walked from Red Square in Russia to arrive in Santiago in October. His was a pilgrimage of 4,420 kilometres which he completed in 96 days! Werner is one of a growing number of pilgrims who walk prodigious distances to the Tomb of  Saint James.  

Talking specifics – the full analysis of the year
In 2013 215,856 pilgrims registered with the Pilgrims´Office in Santiago
Caminos

Camino                                Number of pilgrims
Frances                                151741 (70,30%)
Portugues                             29548 (13,69%)
Norte                                   13393 (6,20%)
Via de la Plata                     9014 (4,18%)
Primitivo                             6854 (3,18%)
Ingles                                   4404 (2,04%)
Muxia-Finisterre                  454 (0,21%)
Otros caminos                      444 (0,21%)

Gender

Gender                Number of pilgrims
Males                   117860 (54,60%)
Females               97996 (45,40%)
  
Mode of transport

Mode                    Number of pilgrims
On foot                 188167 (87,17%)
Bicycle                 26646 (12,34%)
Horseback            977 (0,45%)
Wheelchair           66 (0,03%)

Reasons for making the pilgrimage

Reasons                          Number of pilgrims
Religious and others       117762 (54,56%)
Religious                        86290 (39,98%)
Not religious                  11804 (5,47%)

Status

Status                 Number of pilgrims
Employees          48608 (22,52%)
Students              40355 (18,70%)
Retired                25711 (11,91%)
Self employed     24948 (11,56%)
Technical            24369 (11,29%)
Teachers             15665 (7,26%)
Public Sector      10144 (4,70%)
Manual                7589 (3,52%)
Parados               5508 (2,55%)
Housepeople       4893 (2,27%)
Directiors            2777 (1,29%)
Artists                  2083 (0,96%)
Priests                 1327 (0,61%)
Farm workers      780 (0,36%)
Religious             504 (0,23%)
Sailors                 319 (0,15%)
Sports                  244 (0,11%)
Oikoten                32 (0,01%)

Ages of pilgrims

Age        Number of pilgrims
30 - 60   121287 (56,19%)
< 30        61109 (28,31%)
> 60        33460 (15,50%)

Countries

Countries            Number of pilgrims

Spain                   105884 (49,05%)
Germany              16199 (7,50%)
Italy                     15620 (7,24%)
Portugal               10695 (4,95%)
USA                     10125 (4,69%)
France                  8304 (3,85%)
Ireland                 5012 (2,32%)
UK                       4207 (1,95%)
Canada                 3373 (1,56%)
Australia              3098 (1,44%)
Holland                2888 (1,34%)
Korea                   2774 (1,29%)
Poland                  2515 (1,17%)
Brasil                   2430 (1,13%)
Belgium                1857 (0,86%)
Denmark               1757 (0,81%)
Austria                  1711 (0,79%)
Suiza                    1276 (0,59%)
México                 1172 (0,54%)
Argentina              1090 (0,50%)
Suecia                   1056 (0,49%)
Hungría                 954 (0,44%)
Japón                    840 (0,39%)
Noruega                839 (0,39%)
Rep Checa            769 (0,36%)
Venezuela             730 (0,34%)
Sudáfrica              727 (0,34%)
Finlandia              709 (0,33%)
Colombia              680 (0,32%)
Eslovaquia           560 (0,26%)
Russia                  526 (0,24%)
New Zealand        520 (0,24%)
China                    431 (0,20%)
Eslovenia             367 (0,17%)
Bulgaria               295 (0,14%)
Ecuador                292 (0,14%)
Rumania               262 (0,12%)
Lituania                255 (0,12%)
Uruguay                218 (0,10%)
Chile                    208 (0,10%)
Perú                     174 (0,08%)
Ucrania                143 (0,07%)
Filipinas               142 (0,07%)
Israel                     141 (0,07%)
Puerto Rico          120 (0,06%)
Estonia                 115 (0,05%)
Malta                    108 (0,05%)
Singapur               100 (0,05%)
Croacia                 100 (0,05%)
Andorra                 99 (0,05%)
Taiwán                  88 (0,04%)
Luxemburgo           84 (0,04%)
Líbano                   74 (0,03%)
Letonia                  70 (0,03%)
Grecia                   63 (0,03%)
Bolivia                  60 (0,03%)
Guatemala             58 (0,03%)
Islandia                 58 (0,03%)
Costa Rica            52 (0,02%)
Paraguay               49 (0,02%)
Cuba                      47 (0,02%)
Rep. Dom              43 (0,02%)
India                      43 (0,02%)
El Salvador           41 (0,02%)
Malasia                 39 (0,02%)
Panamá                  32 (0,01%)
Turquía                 24 (0,01%)
Islas Feroe            23 (0,01%)
Bielorrusia           23 (0,01%)
Nicaragua            19 (0,01%)
Albania                 18 (0,01%)
Serbia                   18 (0,01%)
Jordania               18 (0,01%)
Marruecos            18 (0,01%)
Indonesia            15 (0,01%)
Irán                       14 (0,01%)
Moldavia             13 (0,01%)
EAU                      13 (0,01%)
Honduras            13 (0,01%)
Tailandia              13 (0,01%)
Bosnia                   12 (0,01%)
Chipre                   10 (0,00%)
Vietnam               9 (0,00%)
Angola                  9 (0,00%)
Pakistán               9 (0,00%)
Armenia               9 (0,00%)
Kazajistán            9 (0,00%)
Nigeria                  8 (0,00%)
Argelia                  8 (0,00%)
Namibia               8 (0,00%)
Mauritania          7 (0,00%)
Camerún             7 (0,00%)
Liechtensein      6 (0,00%)
Egipto                   6 (0,00%)
Sri Lanka              6 (0,00%)
Congo                   6 (0,00%)
Bangladesh         5 (0,00%)
Senegal                4 (0,00%)
Guyana                4 (0,00%)
Macedonia         4 (0,00%)
Dominica             4 (0,00%)
Kenya                   3 (0,00%)
Cabo Verde        3 (0,00%)
Belice                    3 (0,00%)
Madagascar        3 (0,00%)
Zimbabwe           3 (0,00%)
Jamaica                3 (0,00%)
Uganda                3 (0,00%)
Comores              3 (0,00%)
Tuvalu                   3 (0,00%)
Túnez                    3 (0,00%)
Qatar                     3 (0,00%)
Georgia                3 (0,00%)
Kuwait                  3 (0,00%)
Libia                       3 (0,00%)
Omán                    3 (0,00%)
Guinea                                 2 (0,00%)
Trinidad                2 (0,00%)
I. Reunión           2 (0,00%)
Ghana                   2 (0,00%)
Tanzania              2 (0,00%)
Siria                        2 (0,00%)
Benin                    2 (0,00%)
Mongolia             2 (0,00%)
Mónaco               2 (0,00%)
Mauricio              2 (0,00%)
Groenlandia       2 (0,00%)
Laos                       1 (0,00%)
Irak                        1 (0,00%)
Bermudas           1 (0,00%)
Aruba                    1 (0,00%)
Etiopía                  1 (0,00%)
Urbekistán          1 (0,00%)
Eritrea                   1 (0,00%)
Guam                    1 (0,00%)
Santa Lucía          1 (0,00%)
Myanmar            1 (0,00%)
Belice                    1 (0,00%)
Martinica             1 (0,00%)
Brunei                   1 (0,00%)
Costa de Marfil                 1 (0,00%)
Burkina Faso      1 (0,00%)
Malawi                                 1 (0,00%)
Seychelles           1 (0,00%)
Kirguistán            1 (0,00%)
Holandesas         1 (0,00%)
Haití                      1 (0,00%)
Islas Caimán       1 (0,00%)
Tayikistán            1 (0,00%)
Rwanda                1 (0,00%)
Camboya             1 (0,00%)
Guinea - Bissau   1 (0,00%)
Timor Oriental     1 (0,00%)
Gabón                  1 (0,00%)
Zambia                 1 (0,00%)
Montenegro      1 (0,00%)

Starting points

Starting point    Numberof pilgrims
Sarria                52057 (24,12%)
S. Jean P. Port   26569 (12,31%)
León                  10737 (4,97%)
Cebreiro            10722 (4,97%)
Tui                     9393 (4,35%)
Oporto               8859 (4,10%)
Ponferrada         8362 (3,87%)
Roncesvalles      8268 (3,83%)
Astorga                6050 (2,80%)
Valença                4380 (2,03%)
Pamplona            4321 (2,00%)
Ferrol                    4286 (1,99%)
Oviedo                 4156 (1,93%)
Burgos                  3613 (1,67%)
Irún                        3389 (1,57%)
Le Puy                   3363 (1,56%)
Ourense              3219 (1,49%)
Vilafranca            2730 (1,26%)
Sevilla                   2292 (1,06%)
Triacastela           1957 (0,91%)
Francia - C.F.      1955 (0,91%)
Lugo - C.P.           1704 (0,79%)
Resto Portugal 1602 (0,74%)
Resto C. León    1422 (0,66%)
Resto Asturias   1261 (0,58%)
Ribadeo               1251 (0,58%)
Samos                   1180 (0,55%)
Lisboa                   1067 (0,49%)
Santander           1023 (0,47%)
Ponte de Lima   965 (0,45%)
Bilbao                    918 (0,43%)
Logroño               891 (0,41%)
Vilalba                   848 (0,39%)
Oviedo - C.N.     807 (0,37%)
Holanda               723 (0,33%)
Gijón                     718 (0,33%)
Rates, S. Pedro     635 (0,29%)
Alemania             617 (0,29%)
Madrid - C.F.      571 (0,26%)
Salamanca           567 (0,26%)
Somport              558 (0,26%)
Barcelos               544 (0,25%)
Avilés                    505 (0,23%)
Mondoñedo      485 (0,22%)
Porriño                 442 (0,20%)
Sahagún               428 (0,20%)
Zamora                 422 (0,20%)
San Sebastián    401 (0,19%)
Braga                     399 (0,18%)
Bélgica                  386 (0,18%)
Chaves                368 (0,17%)
País Vasco           362 (0,17%)
Sanabria               335 (0,16%)
Baamonde          327 (0,15%)
Cantabria             309 (0,14%)
Resto Asturias   309 (0,14%)
Lourdes                295 (0,14%)
Vega  Valcarce   273 (0,13%)
Suiza                      269 (0,12%)
Muxia                   265 (0,12%)
Gudiña                 237 (0,11%)
Frómista              229 (0,11%)
Jaca                        219 (0,10%)
Fonsagrada         215 (0,10%)
Baiona                  202 (0,09%)
Carrión                192 (0,09%)
Francia - C.N       192 (0,09%)
Finisterra             189 (0,09%)
Hendaya              187 (0,09%)
Puente la Reina   187 (0,09%)
Cataluña - C.F.   182 (0,08%)
Guimaraes          178 (0,08%)
Gran de Salime  177 (0,08%)
Vezelay                176 (0,08%)
Vigo                       176 (0,08%)
Granja                 175 (0,08%)
Pais Vasco C.F. 169 (0,08%)
Lourenzá             168 (0,08%)
Viana                    161 (0,07%)
Sto. Domingo     158 (0,07%)
Hosp Orbigo       157 (0,07%)
 Andalucia           152 (0,07%)
Rabanal                152 (0,07%)
Resto C. León    149 (0,07%)
Arles                      145 (0,07%)
Laza                       144 (0,07%)
Mérida                  144 (0,07%)
Valencia O.C.     143 (0,07%)
Cáceres                129 (0,06%)
Zaragoza              129 (0,06%)
Navarra                129 (0,06%)
Coimbra               123 (0,06%)
Montserrat         122 (0,06%)
Tineo - C.P.         117 (0,05%)
Abadin                  114 (0,05%)
Madrid - V.P.     112 (0,05%)
Neda                     107 (0,05%)
Fatima                  102 (0,05%)
Extremadura      97 (0,04%)
Canfranc              97 (0,04%)
A Guarda             94 (0,04%)
Barcelona            92 (0,04%)
Molinaseca         87 (0,04%)
Verín                    87 (0,04%)
Cadavo                 87 (0,04%)
París                      84 (0,04%)
Austria                  82 (0,04%)
Povoa                   75 (0,03%)
Com. Valenciana74 (0,03%)
Estella                   73 (0,03%)
Ponferrada         72 (0,03%)
Valenciana          68 (0,03%)
La Rioja                 68 (0,03%)
Granada               67 (0,03%)
Resto Europa     67 (0,03%)
La Mancha          65 (0,03%)
Xunqueira           65 (0,03%)
Viseu                     63 (0,03%)
Fonfría                  53 (0,02%)
Italia                      51 (0,02%)
Monforte            49 (0,02%)
La Mancha          44 (0,02%)
Salas                      43 (0,02%)
La Mancha VP    41 (0,02%)
Malaga                 40 (0,02%)
Esposende          38 (0,02%)
Allariz                   38 (0,02%)
Rábade                 37 (0,02%)
Huelva                  35 (0,02%)
Roma                    30 (0,01%)
Aveiro                   29 (0,01%)
Polonia                 29 (0,01%)
Castrojeriz          28 (0,01%)
XFonsagrada      27 (0,01%)
Valladolid            26 (0,01%)
Córdoba               26 (0,01%)
Benavente          24 (0,01%)
Cruz de Ferro     22 (0,01%)
Cataluña - O.C. 22 (0,01%)
Nájera                  22 (0,01%)
Reino Unido       20 (0,01%)
Faro                       17 (0,01%)
Grado                   16 (0,01%)
La Mesa               16 (0,01%)
A Rúa                    15 (0,01%)
Irlanda C.F.         14 (0,01%)
Murcia                  13 (0,01%)
Rep Checa           13 (0,01%)
Badajoz                13 (0,01%)
Valcarlos              8 (0,00%)
San Juan              7 (0,00%)
Hungría                7 (0,00%)
La Bañeza            6 (0,00%)
Luxemburgo      6 (0,00%)
Inglaterra C.F.    6 (0,00%)
Reino Unido       6 (0,00%)