The country has a relaxed riverside capital, impressive Jesuit missions, several national parks and the vast, arid Chaco - one of South America's great wilderness areas.
About 1 percent of the population owns 77 percent of the land.
Initially, the soccer in Paraguay was only confined within the elite class but very quickly it became popular among all classes.
The ecosystems of the Gran Chaco are unique and are slowly being destroyed by civilization with the introduction of cattle, burning of vegetation and irresponsible agricultural decisions
It is an example of one of the many Jesuit Reductions, small colonies established by the missionaries in various locations in South America throughout the 17th and 18th century.
1. Paraguay By: Donald Johnson
2. The name for Paraguay, a country the size of California located in central South America, comes from the native Indian Guarani words for &quot;palm,&quot; &quot;crown&quot; and &quot;water.&quot;
3. Asuncion, Paraguay’s capital
4. The Río Paraguay divides the terrain into eastern Paraneña and western Chaco regions. The land alternates between flooded and parched. Paraguay is subtropical with a humid climate and abundant rainfall throughout the year.
5. Paraguay <ul><li>Agriculture: Cotton, sugarcane, soybeans, corn, wheat, tobacco, cassava (tapioca), fruits, vegetables, beef, pork, eggs, mild, and timber </li></ul><ul><li>Industries: Sugar, cement, textiles, beverages, wood products, steel, metallurgic, electric power </li></ul><ul><li>Climate: subtropical to temperate; substantial rainfall in eastern portions, semiarid in far west </li></ul><ul><li>Landforms: grassy plains and wooded hills east of Rio Paraguay; Gran Chaco region west of Rio Paraguay mostly low, marshy plain near the river, and dry forest </li></ul><ul><li>Resources: hydropower, timber, iron ore, manganese, limestone </li></ul><ul><li>Total land area: 406,750 sq km. 7.47% of it arable. </li></ul>http://www.photoatlas.com/photo/paraguay_river_sunset.jpg Guarani boy with parrot
6. Conservatives unseated Leftist former bishop Fernando Lugo defeated the ruling party candidate in Paraguay's presidential election in April 2008, ending 61 years of conservative rule. Lugo won with nearly 41 percent of the vote compared to almost 31 percent for Blanca Ovelar of the Colorado Party.
7. World Cup soccer stadium South America's 'empty quarter', a landlocked country little known even to its neighbors, it has taken steps to overcome its political, economic and geographic isolation and now welcomes visitors.
8. Social inequality Years of political uncertainty, corruption and a poor infrastructure have meant that about 60 percent of Paraguayans live in poverty. The vast inequality in land ownership has led to many tensions between the elite and poor in the country. Lidia Rosa Vasquez, 42, lives with her children in the slum area &quot;La Chacarita&quot; in Asuncion, Paraguay.
9. Football (soccer) Paraguay’s Salvador Cabanas, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Colombia during a Copa America Group C soccer game in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Thursday, June 28, 2007.
10. Paraguay’s economy depends heavily on agriculture, hydroelectricity generation, and trade with its neighboring countries. In 2004, the country’s real GDP was expected to grow 2.9%, depending on continued regional economic stability in Brazil and Argentina and continued strong agricultural output. Pantheon of Heroes Gauchos
11. Gran Chaco Paraguay shares this enormous region with Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. The Chaco contains both grassland and thorny forest.
12. The ecosystems of the Gran Chaco are unique and are slowly being destroyed by civilization with the introduction of cattle, burning of vegetation and irresponsible agricultural decisions
13. Gran Chaco cattle
14. The Itaipu hydroelectric power plant on the Parana River is a joint development project with Brazil and Paraguay. With 18 units of 700 megawatts each, it is the largest hydroelectric plant currently in operation in the world
15. Asuncion Cathedral Approximately 90% of Paraguayans declare Roman Catholicism as their faith.
16. La Santisima Trinidad de Paraná , or the Holy Trinity of Paraná is the name of a former Jesuit mission in Paraguay.
17. Guarani One trace of the original Guaraní culture that has endured is the Guaraní language , understood by 90% of the population and along with Spanish, an official language. “ Nature provides us of everything we need” is the saying of a “Karai” or old man of this community.