|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
Argentina takes over the Mercosur chair for six months next 16 December
on December 12, 2020
Uruguay will hand to Argentina next 16 December the pro tempore chair of the South American trade bloc Mercosur. The ceremony as happened six months before with Paraguay will be virtual given the coronavirus pandemic, according to a release from the Uruguayan Executive Office.
China competes in the dredging of Paraguay/Parana Waterway which handles 90 million tons of grains
on November 25, 2020
A Chinese company entered the competition to manage a section of the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway, joining four European companies seeking to win the concession to deepen the draft and provide maintenance on approximately 1,238 kilometers of the river course beginning in 2021.
Paraguay admits transexual lawyer into bar after a five-year dispute
on November 10, 2020
Paraguay's Supreme Court Chief Justice Alberto Martínez Simón Monday took the oath from female transexual lawyer Kimberly Ayala to enter the professional registry after being denied her right twice on the grounds that her ID name did not match her physical appearance.
“Why all the fuss about Malvinas and not a word on Formosa which Argentina should return to Paraguay?”
on October 28, 2020
“Why all the fuss about the Malvinas, all the indoctrination which starts at school claiming the Islands, and not a word about the province of Formosa which should be returned to Paraguay and we took as spoils of the Triple War in 1870?”, asks Argentine writer Federico Jeanmaire, a well-known author of several best sellers.
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.