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National name: República del Paraguay

Current government officials

Languages: Spanish, Guaraní (both official)

Ethnicity/race: mestizo 95%, other 5%

Religions: Roman Catholic 89.6%, Protestant 6.2%, other Christian 1.1%, other 1.9%, none 1.1% (2002)

Literacy rate: 93.9% (2010 est.)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $45.9 billion; per capita $6,800. Real growth rate: 12%. Inflation: 2.3%. Unemployment: 6.6%. Arable land: 9.59%. Agriculture: cotton, sugarcane, soybeans, corn, wheat, tobacco, cassava (manioc, tapioca), fruits, vegetables; beef, pork, eggs, milk; timber. Labor force: 3.19 million; agriculture 26.5%; industry 18.5%; services 55%. Industries: sugar, cement, textiles, beverages, wood products, steel, base metals, electric power. Natural resources: hydropower, timber, iron ore, manganese, limestone. Exports: $14.7 billion (2013 est.): soybeans, feed, cotton, meat, edible oils, wood, leather. Imports: $12.37 billion (2013 est.): road vehicles, consumer goods, tobacco, petroleum products, electrical machinery, tractors, chemicals, vehicle parts Major trading partners: Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, China, U.S. (2012).

Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 376,000 (2012); mobile cellular: 6.79 million (2012). Radio broadcast stations: AM 41, FM 121, shortwave 6 (3 inactive) (2006). Radio Stations: 76 (2010). Television broadcast stations: 6 (2010). Televisions: 990,000 (2001). Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 280,658 (2012). Internet users: 1.105 million (2009).

Transportation: Railways: total: 36 km (2008). Highways: total: 32,059 km; paved: 4,860 km; unpaved: 27,199 km (2010 est.). Waterways: 3,100 km (2012). Ports and harbors: Asuncion, Villeta, San Antonio, Encarnacion. Airports: 799 (2013).

International conflicts: 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.

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