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Today, Scotland has a population of just over five million people, the majority of whom consider themselves Scottish. In addition, there are many more people with Scots ancestry living abroad than the total population of Scotland. In the 2000 Census, 4.8 million Americans reported Scottish ancestry, 1.7% of the total U.S. population. Given Scotland's population (just over 5 million), there are almost as many Scottish Americans as there are native Scots living in their home country.
In Canada, according to the 2001 Census of Canada data, the Scottish-Canadian community accounts for 4,719,850 people. Scottish-Canadians are the 3rd biggest ethnic group in Canada. Scottish culture has particularly thrived in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia (Latin for "New Scotland"). There, in Cape Breton, where both Lowland and Highland Scots settled in large numbers, Canadian Gaelic is still spoken by a small number of residents. Cape Breton is the home of the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts.
Happy St Andrew's day to Scots around the world.
Happy St Andrew's Day to all Scots...all over the world! :)
It's not only Scots!
I spent the evening with a bunch of Greek friends - I hope that's okay.
Also, let's not forget the Ukrainians, hmmm?
I have been to the USA several times and been mistaken for English, Irish, Australian and on one occasion German!
By the way I do enjoy a Guinness from time to time but I prefer ale. I celebrated St Andrews night with my Local Burns' club and don't tell anyone but I drank red wine! Whisky taken in the volumes served at St Andrew's nights gives me too much of a hangover. ;)
(I didn't feel too good next day with the red wine either.)
At the end of this month I shall be looking forward to celebrating my first Scottish Hogmanay since 1997/1998. The other two Hogmanays I celebrated were both in Edinburgh. This one will be a little different given that it's in Inverie on the Knoydart Peninsula.