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Paraguay
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Paraguay with its capital Asunción is located in South America (Central South America, northeast of Argentina). It covers some 406,751 square kilometres (slightly smaller than California) with 6,831,000 citizens. Spanish and Guarani are the the official languages used in Paraguay. Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina are bordering countries.

Paraguay is a landlocked country in South America bordering Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. Walk through the historic Asuncion city center- many former grand buildings are suffering from great decay, but if you look past grafitti walls, you can imagines Asuncions past splendour. At nights, you can take a cab ride and enjoy it fully illuminated. There are many bars, restaurantes in this area. Don Vito is paraguayan fast food at its best. Home of the paraguayan empanada, they have been in business for over 30 years. The original spot is just behind the Iglesia de san Jose, and if you are lucky enough to be in paraguay around may-June, you can order a pastel mandi'o, which is make of mandioca and beef. Best enjoyed with a cold pulp, a paraguayan soft drink made with natural fruit juice.

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Pictures from the Paraguayan capital

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Landscape, climate and basic hints for travelling

National Tourism office

Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Communicaciones
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Asunción
Paraguay

The topography features grassy plains and wooded hills east of Rio Paraguay with Gran Chaco region west of Rio Paraguay mostly low, marshy plain near the river, and dry forest and thorny scrub elsewhere. The average density of population is about 17 per km². The climate in Paraguay can be described as subtropical to temperate with substantial rainfall in the eastern portions, becoming semiarid in the far west. Potential natural disasters are local flooding in southeast (early September to June) or poorly drained plains may become boggy (early October to June).

To reach someone in Paraguay dial +595 prior to a number. There are 387,300 installed telephones. And there are 5,619,000 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks operate on frequencies of 850, 1900 Mhz. Websites typically end with the top level domain ".py". If you want to bring electric appliances (e.g. battery charger), keep in mind the local 220V - 50Hz.

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Description of the flag of Paraguay

Three equal, horizontal bands of red (top), white, and blue with an emblem centered in the white band; unusual flag in that the emblem is different on each side; the obverse (hoist side at the left) bears the national coat of arms (a yellow five-pointed star within a green wreath capped by the words REPUBLICA DEL PARAGUAY, all within two circles); the reverse (hoist side at the right) bears a circular seal of the treasury (a yellow lion below a red Cap of Liberty and the words PAZ Y JUSTICIA (Peace and Justice)); red symbolizes bravery and patriotism, white represents integrity and peace, and blue denotes liberty and generosity
note: the three color bands resemble those on the flag of the Netherlands; one of only three national flags that differ on their obverse and reverse sides - the others are Moldova and Saudi Arabia.

National administrative regions of Paraguay

Historical background information

Paraguay achieved its independence from Spain in 1811. In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70) - between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay - Paraguay lost two-thirds of all its adult males and much of its territory. The country stagnated economically for the next half century. Following the Chaco War of 1932-35 with Bolivia, Paraguay gained a large part of the Chaco lowland region. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER ended in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, Paraguay has held relatively free and regular presidential elections since the country's return to democracy.

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