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Country (long form) Republic of Paraguay
Capital Asuncion
Total Area 157,047.05 sq mi
406,750.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than California)
Population 5,734,139 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 14,635,743
Languages Spanish (official), Guarani (spoken by most of rural population)
Literacy 92.1% total, 93.5% male, 90.6% female (1995 est.)
Religions Roman Catholic 90%, Mennonite, and other Protestant
Life Expectancy 71.44 male, 76.52 female (2001 est.)
Government Type constitutional republic
Currency 1 guarani (G) = 100 centimos
GDP (per capita) $4,750 (2000 est.)
Industry sugar, cement, textiles, beverages, wood products
Agriculture cotton, sugarcane, soybeans, corn, wheat, tobacco, cassava (tapioca), fruits, vegetables; beef, pork, eggs, milk; timber
Arable Land 6%
Natural Resources hydropower, timber, iron ore, manganese, limestone
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Geography of Paraguay

Paraguay, (Spanish: ), or Republic of Paraguay, a country in central South America.

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History of Paraguay

Sebastian Cabot, sailing for Charles I of Spain, explored the La Plata, ParanĂ¡, and Paraguay rivers on his voyage of 1525-30.