PARAGUAY
Updated 25 September 2012
Republic of Paraguay is located in the center of the South American Continent, with a population of 6,541,591,
making it the 103rd largest national population. Its capital and largest city is
Asuncion with a total population of
542,023. The country encompasses 406,750 square kilometers making it the 59th largest country in total area. It
shares boundaries with Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina.

President Luis Federico Franco Gómez  is recognized as the Chief of State and Head of Government, and, along with
Vice President Oscar Denis Sánchez, achieves that status following the impeachment of President Fernando Armindo
Lugo Méndez on 22 June 2012. Though the president is normally elected through popular vote and holds that position
for a single five-year term, Gomez assumed the role of president having been the elected vice president under Lugo.
Its form of government is a constitutional republic and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on 20th of June
1992.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Spanish and Guarani. It counts among its major religions Roman
Catholic, Mennonite and other protestant. As sources of mass communication it has 46 AM, 27 FM, 6 Short Wave
and 5 Television stations.

Major geographical features are Cerro Pero, its highest point at 842 meters and Rio Paraguay, its lowest point at 46
meters. Its principal waterways are Apa River, Verde River and the Parana River, which collectively measure about
3,100 kilometers.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are sugar, cement, textiles, beverages,
wood products, steel, metallurgy and electric power. Its official currency is the Paraguayan Guarani.

Here’s something you may not know about Paraguay. Dueling in Paraguay is legal as long as both parties are
registered blood donors.
The Apa River- one of
Paraguay's principle
waterways
Cerro Pero (Cerro
Tres Kandu)-
Paraguay's highest
point near the Bolivian
border
Asuncion on the
Paraguay River-
Paraguay's capital and
largest city
Lindo River
Iguacu Falls which are
shared with Paraguay,
Argentina and Brazil
Paraguayan kids
Pilcomayo River
Tebicuary River
Parana River
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Friendship Bridge at
Ciudad del Este
connecting Paraguay
to Brazil
Paraguayan Gauchos
wearing
bombachas-
baggy trousers and
sombreros
Itaipu Dam on the
Parana River and
Paraguay's border with
Brazil- the world's
largest hydroelectric
energy resource
Paraguay's
Encarnación on the
border with Argentina
Puchero- a
Paraguayan meat stew
with hominy, parsley,
pepper, squash,
carrots and tomatoes
The junction of the
Parana and Paraguay
Rivers- Paraguay's
lowest point
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Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
0.3% (2009 est.)

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Fortin Americo Picco-
Paraguay's
northernmost point on
the border with Bolivia
Encarnación on the
Rio Parana-
Paraguay's
southernmost point on
the border with
Argentina
Salto de Guiara-
Paraguay's
easternmost point on
the border with Brazil
Boreal of Gran Chaco
Dr. Pedro P. Pena-
Paraguay's
westernmost point on
the border with Bolivia