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Ibero-America (Spanish : Iberoamérica, Portuguese : Ibero-América) or Iberian America is a region in the Americas comprising countries or territories where Spanish or Portuguese are predominant languages, usually former territories of Portugal or Spain. Portugal and Spain are themselves included in some definitions, such as that of the Ibero-American Summit and the Organization of Ibero-American States. The Organization of Ibero-American States also includes Spanish-speaking Equatorial Guinea, in Central Africa, [1] [2] but not the Portuguese-speaking African countries.

Spanish language Romance language

Spanish or Castilian is a Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers in the Americas and Spain. It is a global language and the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese.

Portuguese language Romance language that originated in Portugal

Portuguese is a Western Romance language originating in the Iberian Peninsula. It is the sole official language of Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola, and São Tomé and Príncipe. It also has co-official language status in East Timor, Equatorial Guinea and Macau in China. As the result of expansion during colonial times, a cultural presence of Portuguese and Portuguese creole speakers are also found in Goa, Daman and Diu in India; in Batticaloa on the east coast of Sri Lanka; in the Indonesian island of Flores; in the Malacca state of Malaysia; and the ABC islands in the Caribbean where Papiamento is spoken, while Cape Verdean Creole is the most widely spoken Portuguese-based Creole. Reintegrationists maintain that Galician is not a separate language, but a dialect of Portuguese. A Portuguese-speaking person or nation is referred to as "Lusophone" (Lusófono).

Americas landmass comprising the continents of North America and South America

The Americas comprise the totality of the continents of North and South America. Together, they make up most of the land in Earth's western hemisphere and comprise the New World.


The prefix Ibero- and the adjective Iberian refer to the Iberian Peninsula in Europe, which includes Portugal and Spain. Ibero-America includes all Spanish-speaking countries in North, Central, and South America, plus the Portuguese-speaking country of Brazil. Ibero-America is differentiated from Latin America by the exclusion of the French-speaking country of Haiti, the French overseas departments of French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe, and the French collectivities of Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy. In addition, the countries of Belize, Guyana and Suriname, whose official languages are English and Dutch, respectively, are not considered to be either Ibero-American or Latin American.

Iberian Peninsula Peninsula located in southwest Europe

The Iberian Peninsula, also known as Iberia, is located in the southwest corner of Europe. The peninsula is principally divided between Spain and Portugal, comprising most of their territory. It also includes Andorra, small areas of France, and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. With an area of approximately 596,740 square kilometres (230,400 sq mi)), it is both the second largest European peninsula by area, after the Scandinavian Peninsula, and by population, after the Balkan Peninsula.

Europe Continent in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere

Europe is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia.

North America Continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere

North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere; it is also considered by some to be a northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea.

Since 1991, the Iberoamerican Community of Nations organized a yearly Ibero-American Summit meeting of the heads of state and governments of the Ibero-American countries, including Spain, Portugal and Andorra, [3] [4] this has since changed to biannually from 2014.

The Ibero-American Summit, formally the Ibero-American Conference of Heads of State and Governments, is a yearly meeting of the heads of government and state of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking nations of Europe and the Americas, as members of the Organization of Ibero-American States.

Spain Kingdom in Southwest Europe

Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a country mostly located in Europe. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula. Its territory also includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Melilla, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country (Morocco). Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are also part of Spanish territory. The country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.

Portugal Republic in Southwestern Europe

Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe. It is bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.

Countries and population in Europe and the Americas

Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 42,669,500
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia 10,556,102
Flag of Chile.svg Chile 17,772,871
Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia 47,425,437
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica 4,586,353
Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba 11,167,325
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic 9,445,281
Flag of Ecuador.svg Ecuador 15,223,680
Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador 6,134,000
Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala 15,806,675
Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras 8,249,574
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico 118,395,054
Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua 6,071,045
Flag of Panama.svg Panama 4,058,374
Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay 6,800,284
Flag of Peru.svg Peru 30,814,175
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico 3,667,084
Flag of Spain.svg Spain 46,704,314
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 3,324,460
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela 28,946,101
Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 201,032,714
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal 10,487,289
Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra 77,281

See also

Hispanic America Region comprising the American countries inhabited by Spanish-speaking populations

Hispanic America, also known as Spanish America, is the region comprising the Spanish-speaking nations in the Americas.

Portuguese colonization of the Americas Portuguese colonization in South America and attempts in North America

Portugal was the leading country in the European exploration of the world in the 15th century. The Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494 divided the Earth outside Europe into Castilian and Portuguese global territorial hemispheres for exclusive conquest and colonization. Portugal colonized parts of South America, but also made some unsuccessful attempts to colonize North America.

Organization of Ibero-American States

The Organization of Ibero-American States, formally the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture, is an international organization made up of 23 members states of Iberophone nations in Europe and the Americas, as well as one member in Africa. The OEI's membership is composed of all of the sovereign nations of Ibero-America and the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Equatorial Guinea. All members are Portuguese and Spanish speaking nations, in addition to Andorra, which is predominantly Catalan speaking, though the organization does not include all the Iberophone nations of the world. The purpose of the OEI is to promote intergovernmental cooperation among its member nations, primarily in the fields of education, science, technology and the arts. Its General Secretariat is located in Madrid. Financing of OEI operations and programs is derived from obligatory quotas and voluntary contributions from the governments of member nations and private cultural and educational institutions and foundations.

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Andorra la Vella Capital city and parish in Andorra

Andorra la Vella is the capital of the Principality of Andorra. It is located high in the east Pyrenees, between France and Spain. It is also the name of the parish that surrounds the capital.

The Iberian Romance, Ibero-Romance or simply Iberian languages is an areal grouping of Romance languages that developed on the Iberian Peninsula, an area consisting primarily of Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and Andorra, and in southern France which are today more commonly separated into West Iberian and Occitano-Romance language groups.

Community of Portuguese Language Countries International organization

The Community of Portuguese Language Countries, also known as the Lusophone Commonwealth, is an international organization and political association of Lusophone nations across four continents, where Portuguese is an official language. The CPLP operates as a privileged multilateral forum for the mutual cooperation of the member governments, non-governmental organizations, and peoples of the Lusofonia. The CPLP is made up of 9 member states and 19 associate observers, located in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa.

Organización de Telecomunicaciones de Iberoamérica

Organización de Telecomunicaciones de Iberoamérica (OTI), formerly known as Organización de Televisión Iberoamericana (Spanish), Organização de Televisão Ibero-Americana (Portuguese) (OTI) or "Organization of Iberoamerican Television" (OIT), is an organization of television networks in Latin America (Ibero-America), Spain, and Portugal. Its mission is to foster relations between television networks in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. Among other activities, it shares news, cultural, educational and sports programming among its members.

Latin Union organization

The Latin Union was an international organization of nations that used Romance languages that existed as a functional institution from 1983 to 2012. Its aim was to protect, project, and promote the common cultural heritage of Latin peoples and unifying identities of the Latin, and Latin-influenced, world. It was created in 1954 in Madrid, Spain, and its membership rose from 12 to 36 states, including countries in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Lusitanic is a term used to refer to persons who share the linguistic and cultural traditions of the Portuguese-speaking nations, territories, and populations, including Portugal, Brazil, Macau, Timor-Leste, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea Bissau and others, as well as the Portuguese diaspora generally.

Union of South American Nations intergovernmental union

The Union of South American Nations is an intergovernmental regional organization that once comprised twelve South American countries; as of 2019, most have withdrawn.

OTI Festival annual singing competition, held between 1972 and 2000, among active member countries of the Organización de Televisión Iberoamericana (OTI)

OTI Festival was an annual singing competition, held between 1972 and 2000 among active member countries of the Organización de Televisión Iberoamericana (OTI). It was preceded in 1969 and 1970 by the Festival Mundial de la Canción Latina, held in Mexico.

Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities

The Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities, UCCI, is an international, non-governmental organization of 29 major Ibero-American cities that fosters ties and friendly relations between its members. Founded in October 1982, the union is headquartered in Madrid.

Member states of the Organization of Ibero-American States

The Organization of Ibero-American States has the below 23 member states:

The Asociación Iberoamericana de Atletismo is the governing body for the sport of athletics of European, Latinamerican, and African countries with iberian origin and/or Spanish or Portuguese language. Current president is Oscar Fernández Cáceres from Perú.

Mexico–Portugal relations

Mexico–Portugal relations refers to the diplomatic relations between Mexico and Portugal. Both nations are members of the Organization of Ibero-American States, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations.

Three Linguistic Spaces

The Three Linguistic Spaces is a structure for cooperation between the French speaking space, the Spanish speaking space and the Portuguese speaking space. It is led by the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF).


Iberophone or Pan-Iberian space is a neologism used to designate the Iberian Romance languages-speaking countries, mainly Spanish and Portuguese. In this sense, it includes the Hispanophone and Lusophone communities: Ibero-America, plus the Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries in Europe, Africa and Asia, composing the whole of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries. The terms "Luso-Hispanic world", "multinational space of Iberian languages-speaking countries" and "Afro-Iberian-Latin American space" have also been used.

The Asociación de Estados Iberoamericanos para el Desarrollo de las Bibliotecas Nacionales de Iberoamérica (ABINIA) is an association of Ibero-American national libraries. It began in Mexico on 14 December 1989 as the Asociación de Bibliotecas Nacionales de Iberoamérica. In 1999 the group adopted its current name. As of 2019 it operates from headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela. Official languages of the group are Spanish and Portuguese.


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