President: Nicanor DUARTE Frutos (since 15 August 2003).
Government System: Constitutional Republic
Capital City: Asuncion
Population: 6,347,884 (July 2005 est.)
Climate: Subtropical to temperate; substantial rainfall in the eastern portions, becoming semiarid in the far west.
Internet Users: 120,000 (2003)
Telephone Users (mobile/cellular): 1,770,300 (2003)
Literacy (total population): Total population: 94%
Life Expectancy at Birth: Total population: 74.89 years
Natural Resources: Hydropower, timber, iron ore, manganese, limestone.
Industries: Sugar, cement, textiles, beverages, wood products, steel, metallurgic, electric power.
Agricultural Products: Cotton, sugarcane, soybeans, corn, wheat, tobacco, cassava (tapioca), fruits, vegetables; beef, pork, eggs, milk; timber.
Export Partners: Uruguay 27.8%, Brazil 19.2%, Argentina 6.3%, Switzerland 4.1% (2004).
Import Partners: Brazil 30.9%, Argentina 23.3%, China 16.6%, US 4% (2004).
Currency: Guarani (PYG)
Flag Description: 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 the seal of the treasury (a yellow lion below a red Cap of Liberty and the words Paz y Justicia (Peace and Justice) capped by the words REPUBLICA DEL PARAGUAY, all within two circles).
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REFERENCE - used by permission:
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency - The World Fact Book. Retrieved January 18, 2006, from http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/pa.html
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