This website has been written to help Canadians welcome people who come from Nicaragua to start a new life in Canada. People from Nicaragua come to Canada with a variety of interests, skills and ideas. You may be interested in finding out more about Nicaraguans because you are involved with the HOST Program. You may have a Nicaraguan colleague at work or Nicaraguan students at your school.

Nicaraguans come to Canada for many different reasons. Many have come because of political turmoil in Nicaragua. Others have come to join their families. They all come with dreams, hopes and visions for their future, but they leave behind families, friends and communities. They also leave behind a familiar way of living.

This website may help you understand how life in Nicaragua may be different from or similar to life in Canada. It will help you understand what changes your new friends are experiencing and how you can help them adapt to Canada. You may be able to help them learn about customs that are different from those in Nicaragua.
  Did you know?
Nicaragua is named for one of its original inhabitants, Chief Nicarao, who ruled part of the area at the time the Spanish arrived in Central America.
Not only is this an opportunity for you to help a Nicaraguan family, but it is also an opportunity for you to learn from them. Nicaragua's history and culture are rich and complex and have a lot to teach all of us.

Although this cultural profile provides insight into some customs, it does not cover all facets of life. The customs described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from Nicaragua.

  Summary Fact Sheet
Official Name: Republic of Nicaragua
Capital: Managua
Type of Government: Republic
Population: 4.5 million
Area: 30,000 sq. km
Major Ethnic Groups: Mestizo (indigenous/Spanish), European origin, Black, indigenous
Languages: Spanish, indigenous languages (including Mískito), Western Caribbean Creole English
Religions: Roman Catholicism, Protestantism
Unit of Currency: Córdoba
National Flag: Divided horizontally in three, with the top and bottom sections blue, and the central section white. In the centre is the country's triangular coat of arms, surrounded by the words "Republica de Nicaragua, America Central."
Date of Independence: September 15, 1821
  Did you know?
The coat of arms of Nicaragua is a triangle in which there are five mountains, representing the five countries of Central America, a rainbow representing peace, and a red cap of the style worn by revolutionaries in the French Revolution, which symbolizes freedom.