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Here are some interesting facts about Paraguay - Category: Introduction - Background: In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70) - between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay - Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males and much of its territory. It stagnated economically for the next half century. In the Chaco War of 1932-35, Paraguay won large, economically important areas from Bolivia. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER ended in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, Paraguay has held relatively free and regular presidential elections since then.

Category: Government - Political parties and leaders: Alianza Patriotica por el Cambio (Patriotic Alliance for Change) or APC [Fernando LUGO]; Asociacion Nacional Republicana - Colorado Party or ANR [Jose Alberto ALDERETE]; Movimiento Union Nacional de Ciudadanos Eticos or UNACE [Enrique GONZALEZ Quintana]; Patria Querida (Beloved Fatherland Party) or PPQ [Pedro Nicolas Maraa FADUL Niella]; Partido del Movimiento al Socialismo or P-MAS; Partido Encuentro Nacional or PEN [Emilio CAMACHO Paredes]; Partido Liberal Radical Autentico or PLRA [Blas LLANO]; Partido Pais Solidario or PPS [Carlos Alberto FILIZZOLA Pallares]

Category: People - Population below poverty line (%): 32% (2005 estimate)

Category: Economy - Economic aid - recipient: .09 million (2005)

Category: Geography - Irrigated land (sq km): 670 sq km (2003)

Category: Transportation - Railways (km): total: 36 km; standard gauge: 36 km 1.435-m gauge (2006)

Category: Communications - Internet hosts: 19,691 (2008)

Category: Military - Military expenditures (% of GDP): 1% of GDP (2006 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: unruly region at convergence of Argentina-Brazil-Paraguay borders is locus of money laundering, smuggling, arms and illegal narcotics trafficking, and fundraising for extremist organizations

Other random facts about Paraguay 

  1. Economy - Investment (gross fixed) (% of GDP): 20.2% of GDP (2008 estimate)

  2. Geography - Land use (%): arable land: 7.47%; permanent crops: 0.24%; other: 92.29% (2005)

  3. People - Languages (%): Spanish (official), Guarani (official)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook