Continent: South America

Region: Central South America

Area: 157,048 square miles (ranked 59th)

Capital: Asunción

Population: 6.3 million as of 2009

Main Language: Spanish, Guarani

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Fun Facts

  • Before the arrival of the Europeans, Paraguay was inhabited by a native tribe called Guarani.

  • Paraguay is a landlocked country (one of two in South America; the other is Bolivia) that is bordered by Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia.

  • Paraguay is the world's third largest exporter of soybeans.

  • The majority of the population of Paraguay is Roman Catholic.

  • Paraguay's people are mainly involved in agriculture and cattle ranching. A small percentage of the population mine iron ore, manganese and limestone.

  • The Pantanal, the world's largest freshwater wetland, extends through Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil.

  • The first railway line in Paraguay, constructed between 1858 and 1861, was built by British engineers.