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20 Fun & Interesting Facts about Paraguay

Updated on May 27, 2012

1. Río Paraguay splits the country in two separate regions the east and west most of the population lives in the east while the west holds approximately two percent

2. Paraguay started to realize that being under heavy Spanish rule that they were having a hard time truly becoming the nation they wanted to be. So, in the early 1800s Paraguay declared their independence from Spain. Paraguay’s first ruler Jose Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia established the world’s first utopian society do to the remote location of the country.

3. The official currency of Paraguay is Guarani it was adopted soon after the takeover of Paraguay’s first ruler.

4. Paraguay is home to some of the world most prevalent alternative energy sources. Including, the world’s largest hydroelectric dam called Itaipu Dam.

5. Paraguay’s main export to the world is Soy Beans. Due to its climate and centralized location in South America is is ideal for growing Soy beans.

6. Most countries in South America are hot for Soccer. It is the national sport for most countries in the world including Paraguay.

7. The First cross international railway line to connect the east side and west side of South America crossed through Paraguay in the 1850s this opened Paraguay’s borders with its neighbors and a huge boost in trade occurred.

8. Natural wetlands in Paraguay make it a premium destination for eco-tourism The Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world settling in most of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina

9. Capital of Paraguay is Asuncion, it was the first settled city that the Spanish explorer Juan de Salazar de Espinosa.

10. The population of Paraguay is mostly mestizo, which is a mix population of Spanish and Amerindian. Although there are still local Indian tribes who have established strict rules about marrying outside the tribe to continue to preserve their bloodline till today

11. Paraguay is the only country in South America that needs to use its river to access the Ocean. Sense the country is the only country land locked in the South America

12. Paraguay has had only two major wars in its lifetime the triple alliance wars and Chaco war with Bolivia.

13. The land area of Paraguay is a little smaller than the state of California

14. Paraguay is an elected democracy that has terms for both the president and vice president held for 5 years. These terms have done well for the Paraguayan government.

15. Paraguay was a dictatorship from 1955 to 1989 and was ruled by Alfredo Stroessner.

16. Paraguay’s official first constitution was not instigated until 1992. It was the last country in South America to institute a democratic Government.

17. Paraguay has a long tradition after Spanish colonization of their Roman Catholic base. During the earlier years many Jesuits went to convert the local population from their traditional religion.

18. Paraguay's official name is Republic of Paraguay or Republica Del Paraguay.

19. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors

20. A cheap hotel in Asuncion typically serves as a brothel as well since prostitution is legal in Paraguay.

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    mio cid 

    6 years ago from Uruguay

    The last to return to democracy and unfortunatelly the first to have a coup d'etait after all governments in south america are now democratic.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    7 years ago from Iowa

    My favorite fact is number 19! I would love to see some pictures, too. Paraguay sounds like a fascinating place to visit.

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    Elena 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    A very interesting read. Hope I get to visit some day but will have to be careful for No: 20.

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