|Area Total||406,752 sq km|
|Climate||subtropical to temperate; substantial rainfall in the eastern portions, becoming semiarid in the far west|
|Natural Resources||hydropower, timber, iron ore, manganese, limestone|
|Imports||$11.35 billion (2017 est.) partners: China 31.3%, Brazil 23.4%, Argentina 12.9%, US 7.4% (2017)|
|Exports||$11.73 billion (2017 est.) partners: Brazil 31.9%, Argentina 15.9%, Chile 6.9%, Russia 5.9% (2017)|
|Population||7 million (July 2018 est.)|
|Ethnicity||mestizo (mixed Spanish and Amerindian) 95%, other 5%|
|Language||Spanish (official) and Guarani (official) 46.3%, only Guarani 34%, only Spanish 15.2%, other (includes Portuguese, German and other indigenous languages) 4.1%, no response 4% (2012 est.)|
News about Paraguay
Drought and wildfires devastating South America's wetlands and forests
on October 26, 2020
Experts say the wildfires in a region that spans Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay – especially the region between the Paraguay, Parana, and Uruguay rivers – have become critical in 2020.
Decomposed human remains found in a fertilizer container in Paraguay
on October 25, 2020
The decomposed remains of seven people, believed to be undocumented migrants, have been discovered in a fertilizer container in Paraguay, officials said. It set off from Serbia on 21 July.
Chile exports beef to China, and imports from Paraguay for domestic consumption
on October 8, 2020
Chilean beef exports reached 16,673 tons between January and August 2020, a 35.7% over the same period last year according to data from the Bovine Meat Bulletin released by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (ODEPA).
Paraguay declares national emergency as forest fires rage across Chaco
on October 7, 2020
Paraguay’s Congress declared a national emergency as forest fires raged, burning vast swaths of the Chaco dry forest, home to sprawling cattle ranches, jaguars and many indigenous tribes.
Mercosur hosts World Tourism Day 2020 official celebrations
on September 28, 2020
For the first time in the history of World Tourism Day, the 2020 official celebration will be hosted by a group of countries and not a single UNWTO Member State. The cross-border cooperation of Mercosur Member States (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay plus Chile, Member Associate) reflects the current need for international solidarity and cooperation. […]
Ecological disaster: fires destroying Brazil's wetlands suffering the worst drought in 47 years
on September 15, 2020
Fires are raging in the wetlands of west-central Brazil, leaving behind a vast swath of charred ruins in a paradise of biodiversity. The enormous fires have destroyed nearly 12% of the world’s largest tropical wetland, partially reducing to ashes one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet.
UN human rights office demands Paraguay impartially investigates the deaths of two Argentine girls
on September 7, 2020
The Paraguayan government must investigate "impartially and without delay" the deaths of two 12-year-old girls in a police and military operation against a rebel terrorist group in the north of the country, the regional office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Sunday.
Death of two Argentine minors causes diplomatic rift with Paraguay
on September 5, 2020
Argentina has asked for an explanation from Paraguay about the deaths in a police and military operation against a terrorist group of two 11-year-old girls it said were Argentine citizens.
Paraguayan wheat exports drop 42% in July because of stricter controls in Brazil
on September 2, 2020
The Paraguayan Chamber of Cereals and Oilseed exporters and traders, Capeco reported that the country's exports fell by 42.2% in July, with 267,949 tons, compared to 464,005 tons shipped in the previous month. This represents a drop of about 196,056 tons month-on-month.
Despite Merkel’s “serious doubts,” German industry defends the Mercosur-EU agreement
on August 24, 2020
After Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel stated on Friday “considerable doubts” over whether to keep backing the European Union’s (EU) trade deal with the Mercosur due to environmental threats that represent the deforestation in Brazil’s Amazonia, the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) responded defending the agreement […]