24 Pivotal Facts About Paraguay
Looking to boost your knowledge of the countries of the world? Take a look at these 24 interesting facts about Paraguay!
- Paraguay is a landlocked country in South America.
- In fact, it is one of only two landlocked countries in South America, the other being Bolivia.
- It is bordered by Bolivia to the north, Brazil to the east and Argentina to the south and west.
- To explore the many rivers and natural wonders of Paraguay, head for the coordinates of 25.2667° S, 57.6667°
- The terrain here is a mix of marshy plains, dry forest, grassy plains and wooded hills; there’s certainly lots to explore!
- The total land area of Paraguay is 157,048 square miles (406,752 square kilometres)…
- …that’s almost double the size of the UK.
- Paraguay’s population was 6,783,272 in 2015…
- …that’s around 1/10 the population of the UK!
- Residents here are known as Paraguayans
- The capital is Asunción; it covers an area of 45 square miles (117 square kilometres) and had a population of 2,356,000 in 2015.
- The Paraguayan climate ranges from subtropical to temperate, with the east of the country experiencing substantial rainfall, whilst the west is semiarid. Temperatures can reach 38°C and rarely drops below 15°C!
- Paraguay is home to the Capybara, which, weighing in at up to 66kg, is the world’s largest rodent!
Flag of Paraguay
- The official languages of Paraguay are Spanish and Guarani.
- Fancy sipping a nice hot cup of herbal tea or a thirst quenching glass of sugarcane juice? You’ll need to exchange your GBP for Paraguayan Guarani, the official currency here.
- Paraguayans live for an average of 71 years.
- Are you visiting someone in Paraguay? Don’t worry about finding the doorbell, instead it is customary to announce your arrival by clapping!
- Did you know, Paraguay reportedly has the largest navy of any landlocked country in the world?
- Traditionally, Paraguayan music is played on 38 string Paraguayan harps!
- Lace making is a popular traditional craft here, with both men and women taking inspiration from spiders’ webs to create beautiful and very intricate designs.
- Once under Spanish rule, Paraguay gained independence in 1811!
- Paraguay grows sugarcane, cotton, corn and soybeans; they also rear cattle and produce timber.
- Its industry consists of sugar, cement, beverages and textiles.
- This beautiful country exports soybeans, cotton, meat and edible oils.
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