Information about Paraguay

banderapyParaguay is a landlocked country in South America bordering Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil in the heart of South America.  . The country is rich in natural resources: the world's largest drinking water reservoir (Guarani Aquifer) is beneath its soil, the largest hydroelectric producer--The Itaipú Dam--is on its border with Brazil. It's also the world's fifth largest exporter of soya beans, as well as a renowned producer of beef. Despite this, it is one of the poorest countries in South America. As a result, it is very common to see beggars asking for money throughout Paragua. Paraguay was under a dictator from 1954 to 1989 who kept the people isolated from the world.  Now Paraguay is a country exploding. mapaamerica It is a country growing significantly from a population of 1.9 million in 1960 to an estimated 6.9 million in 2016. The people in Paraguay face major problems such as drugs, alcoholism, unemployment, underemployment (working for low wages and/or in jobs below their abilities) and poverty. Approximately 40% of the population lives below the poverty line.  Medical, social services and educational services are improving but still lacking.

Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion of Paraguay; almost 89.6 percent of the population follows the religion. There is a patron saint for most aspects of life. December 8th is the national pilgrimage to the Virgin of Caacupe, whose Basilica is located about 35 miles east of Asuncion. Religious freedom, however, is respected and assured by mapapyParaguay’s national constitution. Several Protestant and Christian churches are well represented such as Mennonite, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran and Anglican.  There are also congregations of Mormons, Assembly of God, Disciples of Christ, Seventh day Adventists, Jehovah Witness, and Eastern Orthodox. A Jewish Synagogue exists as do centers of worship for Muslims and Buddhists.

 

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