Paraguay Guide

Paraguay Guide

Country data

Location: Central South America

Time zone: CET – 4 (during summer time: CET – 5)

Total area: 406,752 km²

Land area: 397,302 km²

Water area: 9,450 km²

Length of the state border: 3,995 km

Bordering countries:
Argentina: 1,880 km
Bolivia: 750 km
Brazil: 1,365 km

Coastline: 0 km

Capital: Asunción

Departments: 18
Alto Paraguay, Alto Parana, Amambay, Asuncion (city), Boqueron, Caaguazu, Caazapa, Canindeyu, Central, Concepcion, Cordillera, Guaira, Itapua, Misiones, Neembucu, Paraguari, Presidente Hayes, San Pedro

Electric current: 220 V / 50 Hz

Telephone code: 00 595 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Cerro Pero 842 m

Population

Population: approx. 6.7 million residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 1.2% per year

Population density (inh. Per km²): 16

Life expectancy: 74 (male), 80 (female)

Official language: Guaraní, Spanish

Religions:

  • 90% Roman Catholic
  • 6% Protestants
  • 4% other

Climate

Paraguay is located in a subtropical climate zone in which the seasons are opposite to those in Europe.

In summer (December to March) the daytime temperature is sometimes over 40 ° C. There are often large fluctuations from one day to the next.

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During winter (June to September) the temperature occasionally falls to values ​​below 0 ° C.

Currency / finance

Currency unit: Guaraní (PYG)

Classification: 1 guaraní = 100 céntimos

ATMs: Available in larger towns.

International credit cards: Almost only accepted in larger shops in Asunción and Ciudad del Este.

Regulations: Foreign and national currencies can be imported and exported in unlimited amounts.

As a foreign currency, it is recommended to bring US dollars in small denominations and more recent.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

Travel advice

Due to the domestic political situation, there are repeated demonstrations in the cities. These and other large gatherings of people should definitely be avoided.

If you have any problems with the authorities, e.g. if you are arrested, you should contact the embassy immediately.

Behavioral advice

The roads are very bad all over the country. We therefore advise against driving at night.

Due to the poor social situation in the country, the crime rate has risen sharply in recent years. Above all, fraud and theft, often involving gun violence, are commonplace.

Possession and trafficking in drugs are severely punished.

Economy

Paraguay is one of the poorest countries on earth. The industry is hardly developed.

The export of energy generated in modern hydropower plants is economically important.

Industries: energy generation, wood processing, textiles, cement, sugar production

Natural resources: iron ore, wood, limestone, manganese, hydropower

Land use:

  • Usable land: 6%
  • Grain cultivation: 0%
  • Pasture area: 55%
  • Forests: 32%
  • other: 7%
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