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Paraguay. Political Geography. Relative location: Paraguay is located in South America between Argentina and Brazil. Capital - Ansuncion Major Cities San Lorenzo Capiata Lambare. Physical Geography. Gran Chaco Hot and semi-arid low land region Major Rivers Rio Paraguay Rio Parana.
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Political Geography • Relative location: • Paraguay is located in South America between Argentina and Brazil. • Capital - Ansuncion • Major Cities • San Lorenzo • Capiata • Lambare
Physical Geography • Gran Chaco • Hot and semi-arid low land region • Major Rivers • Rio Paraguay • Rio Parana
Paraguay Quick Facts • Population: 6.5 million • GDP per capita: $4,900 • Unemployment rate: 5.7% • % below poverty line: 19.4% • Export: Soybeans (used as a food product and animal feed) • Import Partners: China and Brazil • Major religion: Roman Catholic • Official Language: Spanish and Gaurani
Climate and Weather Climate: Weather/Seasons: In the Paranena region there are two distinct seasons. Summer (Oct. to Mar.) Avg. temp 95 deg. Winter (May to Aug.) Avg. temp 71 deg. • Tropical climate in the Chaco region • Sub-tropical climate in the Paranena region
Government • Gained independence from Spain in 1811 • Today Paraguay is a representative democratic republic. • Their government has separation of powers • Three branches • Their current President is Fernando Lugo • Since 2008
Typical Meals • Breakfast • Coffee with milk and toast with butter, cheese and jam • Lunch (Main meal) • Meat dishes, battered steak, empanadas, salads, potatoes and rice • Dinner • Pasta or pascaulina
Tourism • Casa de la Independencia • Site of the declaration of independence • Iguaza Falls • The point where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet • Italpu Dam
Sports • National Sport – Soccer • Other sports: • Basketball • Chess • Tennis • Piki volleyball • Played on a sand court, players use their head, feet and chest instead of their hands and arms.
Significant People • Jose Luis Chilavert • Footballer • Rossana De Los Rios • Tennis star