Nearly two thirds of Scotland’s population identify themselves as “Scottish only”, latest Census results show.
According to results of the 2011 survey on national identity released on Thursday, 62.4 percent of Scotland’s 5.3 million residents feel they are “Scottish only”, compared with 18.3 percent who consider themselves to be “Scottish and British only”.
“While 62% of people feel Scottish only, a further 21 per cent of the population share their Scottish connection with another identity – the highest claim to a resident national identity anywhere in the UK,” said Scottish government’s culture secretary Fiona Hyslop.
The data also revealed that the proportion of Scotland’s population who are from non-white ethnic minority groups doubled from two to four percent between 2001 and 2011.
Earlier this month, tens of thousands of people took part in a “Yes to Scotland” rally in the capital city of Edinburgh, bringing thousands of blue and white Scottish flags onto the streets demanding independence from the UK.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond have signed an agreement to hold a referendum in 2014 on Scottish independence, which could result in breaking up of the UK after 300 years.
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