Culture of Nicaragua
People in Nicaragua speak the Spanish language. The linguistic diversity of Nicaragua is almost homogeneous according to a fractionalization scale which for Nicaragua is 0.0473. The followers of Christianity are the religious majority in the country. 57.5% of Nicaragua's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of Nicaragua. The rate of urbanization in Nicaragua is considered to be 1.8. According to data on inbound tourists in Nicaragua, 1,229,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.
The national anthem of Nicaragua is called 'Salve a ti, Nicaragua', which in English means 'Hail to Thee, Nicaragua'. It was adopted in 1918. The lyrics have been written by Salomón Ibarra Mayorga and the music has been composed by Luis A. Delgadillo.
The first McDonalds in Nicaragua was opened on 11 July 1998, and it was located in Managua. At the moment Nicaragua has 6 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 22% of the population of Nicaragua are obese.
Each year, the people of Nicaragua consume 1.5 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 38.8% beer, 0.6% wine, 60.6% distilled spirits, 0% other alcohol.
One of the most popular national dishes of Nicaragua is gallo pinto. Other national dishes include churrasco.