Happy independence day Paraguay

Paraguayans set aside two days to celebrate their independence from Spain. Paraguayans overthrew the Spanish administration and defeated Argentinian troops on 14th May 1811. Paraguay’s independence was declared the following day.

Interesting facts about Paraguay:
– Over 80% of the population are made up of a mix between Native Guarana and Spanish descent, known as mestizos
– Little trace is left of the original Guaraní culture except the language, which is spoken by 90% of the population. About 75% of all Paraguayans also speak Spanish.
– Afro-Paraguayan are Paraguayans of African descent. They can be found in the city of Camba Cua – outside Asuncion, Kamba Kokue – outside of Paraguari, and the city of Emboscada. Currently, the Afro-Paraguayan population accounts for 2% of the total population. More on them in our next post!
– Rivers play an extremely important role in the economic life of Paraguay.
– Paraguay receives almost 100% of its electricity from hydroelectric power. The Itaipu Dam which is co-owned with Brazil, produces 75% of this, situated on the Paraná River. The Itaipu Dam is the 2nd largest in the world.
– Lying underneath Paraguay is the largest water reserve on Earth called Acuifero Guaraní.
– The Iguacu Falls in Paraguay consists of over 275 separate waterfalls, it is twice as wide and taller than the Niagara Falls.
– The most popular sports in Paraguay are football and fishing.
– Over 95% of people over the age of 15 can read and write.
– Soy is one of the biggest exports. Paraguay ranked number 6 in the world for soy production.
– If you want to see the biggest rodent in the world, Paraguay is the place to go. Coming in at up to nearly 70 kg, the Capybara is huge.
– You can find over 1000 different types of bird in Paraguay, as well as Jaguars, crocodiles and anteaters.
– Pistol duelling is still legal in Paraguay. You do need to have a medical professional on hand and both parties must be registered blood donors.

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