A quick guide to Peru
Keeping up to date with the latest news from Peru can be tricky if you aren't a native. There is no shame in admitting it - the language barrier can be an issue.
If you are plugged into Peruvian television, you are probably dying to understand everything that has been happening in the country in the new year.
It can be more nerve-wracking when you have an investment in the country or are considering expanding into Peru. Don't worry - you don't have to limit yourself to the newspapers of Peru. Many English-language websites are out there to keep you updated.
Peru is a constitutional republic with a population of over 31 million people, most of whom (77.9%) live in urban areas. Peru was the last South American country to gain independence, in 1821.
The national economy is based on
- the exploitation of natural resources, and
- the digital
- transformation industry
Located inside the Pacific Ring of Fire, Peru is susceptible to phenomena such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
Peru's media landscape
Unlike Mexico, freedom of the press remains strong in Peru.
The country is one of the safest for working journalists, ranking 13th in a 2023 Statista study on global press freedom.
Here are some figures from Peru's media landscape:
- 105 licensed television broadcasters
- 1,043 channels
- 24 newspapers were published in the capital city of Lima alone
- 5,737 radio stations
If you speak Spanish, getting the news straight from the source is the best way to see the whole picture.
Why should you stay up to date with the news in Peru?
Keeping up with breaking news is a way to predict how the financial market will behave, and show your clients and partners that you are concerned about their reality, and not just about their money.
Many events in Peru are worth following. Violent protests and an uncertain political outlook have taken over the country since the new year.
On January 14th, the government declared a state of emergency in Lima. According to The Guardian, at least 40 civilians were killed during a month of violent clashes.
The social and political reality in Peru can change at any time, and it goes without saying that your company may be impacted.
Tips for staying well informed
If you don't keep up with the news, it's never too late to make a change. According to 'The power of habit' by Charles Duhigg "it takes a minimum of 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve."
So if you follow the tips below for at least 21 consecutive days, you will gain a new habit and ensure that you aren't reading fake news:
- Download news apps
- Check trusted websites and outlets
- Don't trust everything that you receive on your mobile
- Start the day by reading leading news stories or listening to a podcast
- Access more than one type of media
- Don't be limited to websites. Watch videos and listen to radio programs to catch up
Where to access the latest English-language news in Peru
Congratulations. If you've made it this far, it's because you understand the value of staying up-to-date, and won't use the language barrier as an excuse.
Here are 6 English-speaking news websites that will bring you all the latest and most important news from Peru.
The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is a public service broadcaster, that provides impartial news from all over the world.
The British news website contains a page that gathers the main news from Peru in one place, as well as a number of editorials covering:
- and more
Independent - UK edition
The Independent is an online British newspaper and another reliable source of news from Peru. The page is updated daily and has a section dedicated to news from the country.
- and more
The Guardian is an independent British daily newspaper. Its news is separated by month, which can help you to understand the order of events.
Its editorials include:
Reuters is a British-Canadian agency that provides financial, national, and international news. Its Peru Headlines page compiles all the most important events from the country that may have an impact on your investment.
Reuters' editorial sections are:
- Breaking views
- and Lifestyle
Euronews is a French television station and is widely acknowledged as the first channel in the world to broadcast in multiple languages. The station's green news editorial sets it apart from its peers.
Other Euronews editorials include:
The New York Times
Leaving Europe behind for North America, the New York Times brings together Peruvian news in one place, sorted by date of occurrence. Most recent stories cover the protests taking over the nation.
We've seen why it's important to keep up to date with what's going on in Peru, and a list of reliable, English-language news sites which allow you to do so. We've also looked at some tips for making news a habit, and avoiding fake news.
Regardless of the websites you chose to follow all the latest news in Peru, you've already taken the first step required to keep up with the country's main events.