A’ Jock Tamson’s bairns? Census highlights strong sense of identity

Posted on 27/02/2014 by

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The latest figures from the 2011 Census data show a diverse nation with a strong sense of identity, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said today.

Commenting on release 3A of Scotland’s 2011 census results, which allow us to break down and compare the ethnicity, identity, language and religion, Ms Hylsop said: “Scotland is a culturally, religious and ethnically diverse place – and these pictures paint a fascinating portrait of Scotland today, telling us more about the people who make up our Scottish nation.

“What unites us is our very strong sense of Scottish identity, with 83 per cent feeling either solely Scottish or Scottish and something else, compared to, for example, 70 per cent of people in England feeling English.

“Young people feel a particularly strong sense of Scottish identity, with 71 per cent of 10 to 14 year olds, and 70 per cent of 15 to 19 year olds, feeling Scottish only.

“Scotland is an exciting and welcoming place to live and work. Our society is more multi-cultural than ever before, and our communities more ethnically and religiously diverse.

“It is especially welcome that those proud to claim a Scottish identity include those who have chosen Scotland as their home and the census reflects a strong Scottish identity in across all ethnic groups.”

“It is especially welcome that those proud to claim a Scottish identity include those who have chosen Scotland as their home and the census reflects a strong Scottish identity in across all ethnic groups. For example, amongst those who felt they had some Scottish identity, either on its own or in combination with another identity, were 60 per cent of people from a mixed background or 50 per cent of those from a Pakistani ethnic group.

“These figures show that Scotland is an attractive and dynamic nation and one where people from many different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities want to make a life for themselves and their families and celebrate their Scottish identity.

“With each new data release we are able to build an ever more detailed demographic picture which will help us plan for the future and keep pace with the changing demographics of our country.”

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