-Roman Catholic is the domanant religion, but membership has dropped 70%
-Since the founding of the republic in 1889 there has been a seperation of Church and State
-Consider themselvess very religious but only attend church for special occasions


-Family's are large and normally include extended family.
-Nuclear family's with three children are becoming more common
-Both sexes share in decision making
-Children rarely leave home before they are married
-Children normally live at home until they are 30
-Family ties are very strong