Tuesday, 1 April 2014

All the pilgrim number for the first three months of 2014


Hola
After the long winter months Santiago is slowly waking up. The streets are still quiet with the students studying for their exams but little by little the pilgrims are returning. Soon the city will be alive with the processions of Holy Week and the new dawn of Easter.

I am pleased to give you the analysis of pilgrims who registered at the Pilgrims’ Office in the first three months of the year. They make for interesting reading and no doubt will give rise to much discussion.

Is the Camino becoming less popular? Some Camino pundits have been speculating about this because numbers appear to be down in the first three months of the year. In fact there appears to be 4391 pilgrims less this year than last:

Total number registered at the Pilgrims’ Office  1 January – 31 March 2014 was 5,026

In the same period last year 1 January - 31 March 2013 that number was  9,417

The reason however is not the Camino diminishing in popularity but rather when Holy Week and Easter falls. This year it is late and outside of the 3 month period whereas last year it was before the end of March. This year Vierenes de Dolores (what used to be called the start of Passiontide) occurs on 11 April with Easter Sunday being celebrated on 20 April.

In those same days in the religious calendar last year 5,833 pilgrims arrived.

Therefore any patterns emerging will really only been seen when the statistics for the first 4 months of the year are available at the end of April.

How the great number of pilgrims who arrive in Holy Week affect the figures can be seen by looking at the usual chart of pilgrim numbers from the English speaking countries:

January – March 

Country
 2012
2013
 2014
Growth %
Australia
45
57
  48
Canada
54
56
  37
Ireland
106
151
 93
South Africa
9
15
 3
United Kingdom
100
131
 83
USA
167
301
 200
New Zealand
9
4
 7

There are however anomalies. Just the other day a colleague in the office remarked that there were a lot of Korean pilgrims arriving – through hail, rain and snow! This is one country which has bucked the trend. No doubt there will be much discussion about the reason for this:

Korean pilgrims arriving from 1 January – 31 March
2014
283
2013
283
2012
207

The full analysis for the 3 months to 31 March 2014

5,026 pilgrims arrived:

Routes                      Number of pilgrims
Camino Francés        3375 (67,15%)
Camino Portugués     860 (17,11%)
Via de la Plata          262 (5,21%)
Camino del Norte     180 (3,58%)
Camino Inglés           175 (3,48%)
Camino Primitivo     152 (3,02%)
Muxia-Finisterre       12 (0,24%)
Otros caminos           10 (0,20%)

Gender                Number of pilgrims
Males                   3178 (63,23%)
Females               1848 (36,77%)

Mode of travel    Number of pilgrims
On foot                 4684 (93,20%)
Bicycle                 335 (6,67%)
Horseback            5 (0,10%)
Wheelchair           2 (0,04%)

Reasons for making the pilgrimage
Reason                                 Number of pilgrims
Religious and other              2795 (55,61%)
Religious                             1949 (38,78%)
Not religious                       282 (5,61%)

Status                   Number of pilgrims
Students                1363 (27,12%)
Employed             971 (19,32%)
Self employed      612 (12,18%)
Technicians         482 (9,59%)
Public sector       368 (7,32%)
Retired                321 (6,39%)
Teachers             215 (4,28%)
Manual                202 (4,02%)
Unemployed        168 (3,34%)
Directors              89 (1,77%)
House people       83 (1,65%)
Artists                  48 (0,96%)
Priests                  35 (0,70%)
Religious              28 (0,56%)
Farm workers       23 (0,46%)
Sailors                  16 (0,32%)
Sports                   1 (0,02%)
Oikoten                 1 (0,02%)

Ages
30 - 60    2676 (53,24%)
< 30        1900 (37,80%)
> 60        450 (8,95%)
            
Country                Number of pilgrims
Spain                     2440 (48,55%)
Germany                466 (9,27%)
Portugal                 349 (6,94%)
Korea                    283 (5,63%)
United States         200 (3,98%)
Italy                       198 (3,94%)
France                   97 (1,93%)
Ireland                   93 (1,85%)
Brazil                    85 (1,69%)
UK                        83 (1,65%)
Japan                     78 (1,55%)
Argentina               54 (1,07%)
México                  49 (0,97%)
Australia               48 (0,96%)
Holland                 42 (0,84%)
Canadá                  37 (0,74%)
Polonia                  34 (0,68%)
Belgica                  27 (0,54%)
China                     25 (0,50%)
Suiza                      24 (0,48%)
Austria                  22 (0,44%)
Venezuela              21 (0,42%)
Dinamarca            19 (0,38%)
Rusia                     18 (0,36%)
Hungría                 17 (0,34%)
Colombia              17 (0,34%)
Rep Checa            17 (0,34%)
Norway                13 (0,26%)
Chile                    13 (0,26%)
Lituania                12 (0,24%)
Uruguay                12 (0,24%)
Rumania               10 (0,20%)
Finlandia              10 (0,20%)
Letonia                  9 (0,18%)
Ecuador                 9 (0,18%)
Suecia                   7 (0,14%)
Filipinas               7 (0,14%)
Nueva Zelanda      7 (0,14%)
Grecia                   6 (0,12%)
Ucrania                 6 (0,12%)
Eslovaquia            6 (0,12%)
Croacia                 5 (0,10%)
Andorra                5 (0,10%)
Perú                      5 (0,10%)
Guatemala            4 (0,08%)
Costa Rica            3 (0,06%)
Singapur               3 (0,06%)
Sudáfrica              3 (0,06%)
Eslovenia              3 (0,06%)
Paraguay               3 (0,06%)
Puerto Rico           3 (0,06%)
Bielorrusia            2 (0,04%)
Bulgaria                2 (0,04%)
Cuba                      1 (0,02%)
Sudán                     1 (0,02%)
Kazajistán              1 (0,02%)
Indonesia               1 (0,02%)
India                      1 (0,02%)
Bolivia                  1 (0,02%)
Angola                   1 (0,02%)
Luxemburgo           1 (0,02%)
Taiwán                  1 (0,02%)
Siria                      1 (0,02%)
Pakistán                 1 (0,02%)
Armenia                1 (0,02%)
Marruecos             1 (0,02%)
Estonia                  1 (0,02%)
Egipto                    1 (0,02%)

Starting point    Number of pilgrims
Sarria                    1326 (26,38%)
S. Jean P. Port       474 (9,43%)
Oporto                   333 (6,63%)
León                      263 (5,23%)
Ponferrada             197 (3,92%)
Tui                         190 (3,78%)
Ferrol                    175 (3,48%)
Cebreiro                171 (3,40%)
Roncesvalles         168 (3,34%)
Valença                  135 (2,69%)
Pamplona               117 (2,33%)
Nájera                    107 (2,13%)
Astorga                   89 (1,77%)
Samos                     79 (1,57%)
Ourense                  77 (1,53%)
Sevilla                   75 (1,49%)
Oviedo - C.P.         73 (1,45%)
Burgos                   63 (1,25%)
Vilafranca              57 (1,13%)
Ribadeo                 48 (0,96%)
Ponte de Lima        48 (0,96%)
Lisboa                    42 (0,84%)
Triacastela             41 (0,82%)
Lugo - C.P.             40 (0,80%)
Irún                        31 (0,62%)
Logroño                 28 (0,56%)
Resto Portugal       26 (0,52%)
Francia - C.F.        25 (0,50%)
Rates, S. Pedro      25 (0,50%)
Chaves                   21 (0,42%)
Sahagún                 20 (0,40%)
Vilalba                  18 (0,36%)
Zamora                  17 (0,34%)
Salamanca             17 (0,34%)
Fonsagrada            16 (0,32%)
Resto Asturia         16 (0,32%)
Barcelos                14 (0,28%)
Braga                     14 (0,28%)
Porriño                  13 (0,26%)
Avilés                    13 (0,26%)
Molinaseca            12 (0,24%)
Le Puy                   12 (0,24%)
Resto Asturias       12 (0,24%)
Rabanal                 11 (0,22%)
Somport                 11 (0,22%)
Pueb Sanabria       10 (0,20%)
Bilbao                   10 (0,20%)
Resto C. León       10 (0,20%)
Allariz                   8 (0,16%)
Oviedo                  8 (0,16%)
Madrid                  8 (0,16%)
San Sebastián        8 (0,16%)
Tineo - C.P.          8 (0,16%)
A Guarda              7 (0,14%)
País Vasco            7 (0,14%)
Finisterra              6 (0,12%)
Santander              6 (0,12%)
Madrid - V.P.       6 (0,12%)
Muxia                   6 (0,12%)
Vigo                      5 (0,10%)
Alemania              5 (0,10%)
Jaca                      5 (0,10%)
Cataluña - C.F.     5 (0,10%)
Sto. Domingo       4 (0,08%)
Montserrat            4 (0,08%)
Lourdes                4 (0,08%)
Hosp Orbigo        4 (0,08%)
Moreruela            4 (0,08%)
Bélgica                4 (0,08%)
Cantabria             4 (0,08%)
Fatima                  4 (0,08%)
Barcelona             4 (0,08%)
Vezelay                4 (0,08%)
París                     4 (0,08%)
Valenciana            3 (0,06%)
Córdoba                3 (0,06%)
La Bañeza             3 (0,06%)
Francia - C.N        3 (0,06%)
Navarra                 3 (0,06%)
Frómista                3 (0,06%)
Cast la Mancha      3 (0,06%)
Hendaya                3 (0,06%)
Estella                   3 (0,06%)
Resto C. León        3 (0,06%)
Extremadura          3 (0,06%)
Laza                      2 (0,04%)
Resto Europa        2 (0,04%)
Granada                2 (0,04%)
Eslovaquia            2 (0,04%)
Povoa                    2 (0,04%)
Canfranc                2 (0,04%)
Andalucia              2 (0,04%)
Arles                     2 (0,04%)
Zaragoza               2 (0,04%)
Mérida                  2 (0,04%)
Resto Galicia        2 (0,04%)
Xunqueira             2 (0,04%)
Puente la Reina     2 (0,04%)
Cadavo                  2 (0,04%)
Jerusalem              2 (0,04%)
Pais Vasco            2 (0,04%)
Gudiña                  2 (0,04%)
Irlanda C.F.           1 (0,02%)
Italia                      1 (0,02%)
Ponferrada             1 (0,02%)
Suiza                      1 (0,02%)
Badajoz                  1 (0,02%)
La Rioja                 1 (0,02%)
Lourenzá                 1 (0,02%)
Roma                      1 (0,02%)
Carrión                   1 (0,02%)
Malaga                   1 (0,02%)
Guimaraes              1 (0,02%)
Mondoñedo            1 (0,02%)
Gijón                      1 (0,02%)
Viana                      1 (0,02%)
Castrojeriz              1 (0,02%)
Finlandia                1 (0,02%)
Vegadeo                 1 (0,02%)
Baamonde              1 (0,02%)
Valencia O.C.        1 (0,02%)
Cataluña - O.C.      1 (0,02%)


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