Map Page 1141 Area 157,047 square mi (406,750 square km) Population 6,036,900 Capital Asuncinn Highest Point 2,762 ft (842 m) Lowest Point 151 ft (46 m) GDP per capita $4,300 Primary Natural Resources cotton, sugarcane, soybeans.
THE REPUBLIC OF PARAGUAY is a LANDLOCKED country located in the central region of South America bordered by BOLIVIA, ARGENTINA, and BRAZIL and is slightly smaller than the state of CALIFORNIA.
Paraguay is divided by the Rio (River) Paraguay into the eastern Paranena region and the western Chaco region.
In the Paranena region, lands range from low plains to mountains, with the highest elevations occurring near the border with Brazil.
The Chaco region consists of a vast low-lying plain that makes up more than 60 percent of Paraguay's territory.
Near the Rio Paraguay, the plains are quite marshy, while at the interior, they are dry and often parched from drought.
As a result of being landlocked, Paraguay depends upon the navigable Rio Paraguay for most of its trade, which flows through to BUENOS AIRES, Argentina.
Paraguayan foreign policy is mostly dominated by Argentine decisions.
The climate is tropical and subtropical but becomes more temperate toward the south of the southern portions of the country.
The Paranena region is notably humid and has abundant rainfall, which is distributed in relatively equal amounts throughout the year.
In contrast, the Chaco region has a clearly distinguishable wet and dry season.
The lack of efficient drainage renders the Chaco region susceptible to flooding.
Temperature variations are modest, ranging between hot and humid to mild and damp.
Paraguay's population is mostly concentrated in the southern part of the country.
The government is based at the capital of Asuncinn, which has a special government status, and the remainder of the country is separated and administered into 17 departments.
The country is governed by a strong executive who shares authority with a bicameral legislative branch and a supreme court, all of which was established by the most recent national constitution, signed on June 20, 1992.
HISTORY The acceptance of the constitution marked a return to democratic government, following 35 years of military dictatorship, led by Alfredo Stroessner.
Paraguay's history has almost always been marked by conflict, whether it is political infighting or border disputes.
The War of the Triple Alliance, which lasted from 1865 to 1870, proved disastrous for Paraguay, which lost much of its territory and more than two-thirds of its adult males as a result.
Following the horrific costs of the war, Paraguay remained stagnant for well over a half-century, until it was able to invade some Bolivian lands and to retain them following the settlement of the Chaco War, which lasted from 1932 to 1935.
Even after the conclusion of the major wars in which Paraguay participated, government instability still reigned, allowing Stroessner to seize power for over three decades.
Paraguay's economy is market-based but dominated by a large informal sector, made up of thousands of microenterprises and street vendors.
The majority of the population is able to survive as a result of their own family-level agricultural activity that generates enough for subsistence.
Even though the formal economy has continued to grow at modest levels, most international observers blame political corruption, uncertainty about reform, and substantial debt for the lack of a stronger and more positive growth.
- The seaweed invasion prevents tourists to enjoy the Dominican beaches
"Tourists couldn’t but leave the country due to the experienced inconveniences. Basically, these are the eastern resorts that prevent tourists to enjoy their vacation. The embarrassing seaweed made their staying here simply intolerable. Local travel agencies say that the number of holidaymakers went down up to 95%.
The authorities are trying to deal with a bad luck collecting the weeds around the coastal areas. However, they are still facing a problem and the number of the sea “inhabitants” is still growing. It is stated that it is a priority to clean all the rubbish stored at the beaches, otherwise the country will have no tourists that will bring them no income afterwards.
Scientists report that the mounting pollution may be caused by two reasons. According to the first assumption the seaweed appeared on the Dominican coastlines due to the climate change: the average temperature has considerably increased over recent years. The second theory goes that the hurricane has brought them. "
- Sightseeing in Greece will become much more expensive
"Greek authorities reported about a sharp increase in price for visiting museums and other places of interest around the country. In particular, starting from January 1, 2016 the ticket price at Acropolis will reach 52 euro. Today the Athens main attraction costs only 12 euro.
The entrance ticket price to the sanctuary of Olympia and Knossos ruins will be raised twice. Since the beginning of the next year 200 museums located all around the country will also increase the ticket price.
However, the Greek authorities note that such high prices are likely to be up to date only during the summer tourist season. "