50 Fascinating Facts about Paraguay

Landlocked Paraguay shares borders with Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia - three of South America's largest countries. As a result of its position, it is frequently referred to as the Corazón de Sudamericana (which translates to ``Heart of South America``), and it is a small, isolated country in the Americas. Large swathes of swampland, subtropical forests, and scrubland make up most of Paraguay. Located on the Paraguay River, Asunción is the country's capital and home to several notable landmarks, including the Government Mansion and the Museo del Barro. Nearly a third of the nation's nearly seven million residents live in the metro region surrounding the nation's capital. Many of Paraguay's indigenous languages and cultures have survived the colonization of the rest of South America. Officially recognized languages in Guaran include both Spanish and Guaran.

Paraguay Facts

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Paraguay and Bolivia are the only two countries in South America that do not have any access to the ocean.
2
Are you up for a good old-fashioned duel? Because it is still legal, you can do so in Paraguay. However, you both need to be registered as blood donors, and there must be a qualified medical practitioner present.
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Since it is located smack dab in the middle of South America, Paraguay has earned the nickname "The Heart of America," which translates to "The Heart of America."
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Its only point of border contact is with Brazil and Argentina, both of which are separate countries.
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Guarani and Spanish are the two languages that are commonly used in daily conversation in Paraguay.
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It may come as a surprise to learn that Guaran is an onomatopoeic language. It is utilized in music and spoken word and imitates the sounds produced by nature and wildlife.
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Between 1858 and 1861, British engineers worked in Paraguay to construct the very first railway line in South America. This line ran from Asunción to Encarnación.
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Paraguay attained independence from Spain in 1811, having been a Spanish colony.
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Even though it was only temporary because the first three presidents were all dictators, the country continued to be subject to persecution for yet another 60 years.
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Even though it does not have a coastline, Paraguay has managed to build the largest navy of any land-locked country in the world. This is a testament to the country's determination. However, I am unsure of the location in which they store all of the boats.
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Hydroelectric power accounts for about one hundred percent of Paraguay's total electricity production.
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Seventy-five percent of this is produced by the Itaipu Dam, jointly owned by Brazil and Argentina.
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The Itaipu Dam, which can be found on the Paraná River, is the second-largest dam in the entire globe.
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Over eighty percent of the population comprises mestizos, people of mixed native Guarani and Spanish ancestry.
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The Paraguay River is the second biggest river in South America, essentially dividing the country of Paraguay in half.
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Guarani is still widely used today, even though it was the first of the country's indigenous languages.
17
Former football captain of Paraguay José Luis Chilavert was a valuable commodity in his day. Due to the fact that he was a specialist in free kicks and penalties, he was able to score 67 goals throughout his career while playing the position of goalie in approximately 700 competitive matches for both his club and his country.
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Football and fishing are the two sports that draw the most spectators in Paraguay.
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The flag of Paraguay is comprised of three equal horizontal bands of red, white, and blue.
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On the other hand, the flag of this country is unique in that each side displays a different design than the other. The nation's coat of arms is displayed on the front, and the coat of arms representing the national treasury is displayed on the back in the same location.
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The Paraguayan War was one of the wars that had the most devastating effects on contemporary history. The conflict lasted from 1864 through 1870, and by the time it was ended, less than 15% of Paraguay's population from before the War had survived, and there was only one guy for every 5 women.
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Paraguay is the country in the world that consumes the most tea on a per capita basis.
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Want a divorce? Before 1991, doing so was against the law.
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Three countries border Paraguay: Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia.
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In 2015, the population of Paraguay was just more than 6.5 million people, which was roughly one-tenth of the UK's population even though Paraguay is near twice the area of the UK.
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Roughly nine in ten people in Paraguay adhere to the Catholic faith.
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Over ninety-five percent of adults over the age of 15 are literate in reading and writing. That's a far greater rate than you find in the United States.
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One of the most significant exporters is soy. Regarding soy output, Paraguay was placed number six on the world stage.
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Producing cannabis also represents a significant economic driver in Paraguay.
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Asuncion is the name of Paraguay's capital city.
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Cornbread topped with onion and cheese is known as Sopa Paraguaya and is considered to be the country's national cuisine.
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When going to visit someone in Paraguay, you shouldn't bother looking for a doorbell. Instead of that, clap your hands.
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A plain known as the Chaco can be found in the country's northwestern part. Even though almost no people live there, nearly 100,000 people died during the War that Paraguay fought Bolivia to win.
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The national beverage of Argentina is called mate, even though it is pronounced mahtay. A warm beverage is consumed when the temperature outside is on the cooler side, and a cold beverage is consumed when the temperature outside is on the warmer side. Only in this case is it referred to as tereré.
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Lapacho is made from the root bark of red and purple lapacho trees and has been used as both a tea and an ingredient in herbal medicine. It was also commonly consumed by the Incas.
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Paraguay is the place to go if you want to witness the largest rodent found anywhere on the globe. The capybara is a massive mammal weighing up to about 70 kg.
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The Guarani, which is the currency of Paraguay, is in use.
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Harps having 38 strings are typically used to play traditional music.
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Making lace out of spider webs, which both men and women can do, is a very popular hobby.
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Life expectancy in Paraguay is 71 years for the majority of the population.
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Paraguay's topography is an assortment of different types. Most of the land comprises grass plains, forested hills, marshy plains, and wooded hills.
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When checking into a low-cost hotel or inn, exercise extreme caution. In most cases, these establishments also function as brothels.
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In the past, the country of Paraguay hosted the world's largest-ever barbecue, which earned them a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
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In Paraguay, the distribution of both money and land is not fair. 2.5 percent of the population owns more than 80 percent of the land, but less than 200 persons control more than 90 percent of the wealth in the country.
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Because lunch is the most important meal of the day, you shouldn't schedule anything for that time of day.
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Iguazu Falls are undeniably a sight worth seeing in its own right. It is twice as large as the Niagara Falls and three times as tall, and it is made up of more than 275 individual waterfalls.
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In addition to jaguars, crocodiles, and anteaters, the country of Paraguay is home to over a thousand species of avian life.
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Paz y Justicia, which translates to "Peace and Justice," is the national motto of Paraguay.
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The Acuifero Guaran water reservoir is the largest one on the planet, and it is located beneath the country of Paraguay.
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In 2004, the nation's capital was the site of one of the deadliest fires in the planet's history. Whenever a fire started in a grocery store, it resulted in the deaths of about 500 people and injuries to the same number. After the fire had been extinguished, the store manager locked all of the exits to prevent customers from escaping before paying for their merchandise—the worst kind of disaster.

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