Looking to boost your local knowledge? Take a look at these 25 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
- 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!
- 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.
- Do you know someone who lives in Paraguay? You can make cheap calls to Paraguay with Cherry Call. Don’t forget you’ll need the international dialling code of 00595.
For all the latest Paraguayan news, head over to the Merco Press website.