Population: About 7 million
Capital city: Asunción
Neighbouring countries: Paraguay shares a border with Bolivia to the north, Brazil to the east and Argentina to the south and west.
Geography: Paraguay's geography consists of rolling hills and subtropical forests to the east, and low plains to the west.
Political system: Unitary presidential republic
Main languages: Spanish, Guaraní
Major religions: Catholicism
Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.
Currency: The official currency of Paraguay is Guaraní (PYG). ATMs and card facilities should be available in most major urban centres.
International dialling code: +595
Emergency numbers: 911
Internet domain: .py
Transport and driving: Vehicles in Paraguay drive on the right-hand side of the road. The public transport system consists mainly of buses, and taxis are widely available in most cities.
►See Moving to Paraguay for more general info on living in the country
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