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   Paraguay

Introduction:
In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70) - between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay - Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males and much of its territory. It stagnated economically for the next half century. In the Chaco War of 1932-35, large, economically important areas were won from Bolivia. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER was overthrown in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, relatively free and regular presidential elections have been held since then.


Official name: Republic of Paraguay
Capital: name: Asuncion
geographic coordinates: 25 16 S, 57 40 W
time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Government type: constitutional republic
Population: 6,669,086 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Spanish (official), Guarani (official)
Official Currency: Paraguay Guarani (PYG)
Currency code: PYG
Area: total: 406,750 sq km
land: 397,300 sq km
water: 9,450 sq km
Climate: subtropical to temperate; substantial rainfall in the eastern portions, becoming semiarid in the far west


Map of Paraguay
map of Paraguay


Facts at a Glance: Geography - People - Government - Economy - Communications - Transportation - Military - Climate - Current Time - Ranking Positions
Notes and Commentary: People - Economy - Government and Political Conditions - Historical Highlights - Foreign Relations - Relations with U.S.



Facts at a Glance
Geography
People
Government
Economy
Communications
Transportation
Military
Climate
Current Time
Ranking Positions


Notes and Commentary
People
Economy
Government and Political Conditions
Historical Highlights
Foreign Relations
Relations with U.S.





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