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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Paraguay

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In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70) - between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay - Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males and much of its territory. It stagnated economically for the next half century. In the Chaco War of 1932-35, Paraguay won large, economically important areas from Bolivia. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER ended in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, Paraguay has held relatively free and regular presidential elections since then. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

Landlocked paraguay has a market economy marked by a large informal sector. this sector features both reexport of imported consumer goods to neighboring countries, as well as the activities of thousands of microenterprises and urban street vendors. because of the importance of the informal sector, accurate economic measures are difficult to obtain. a large percentage of the population, especially in rural areas, derives its living from agricultural activity, often on a subsistence basis. on a per capita basis, real income has stagnated at 1980 levels. most observers attribute paraguay's poor economic performance to political uncertainty, corruption, limited progress on structural reform, and deficient infrastructure. the economy rebounded between 2003 and 2007, posting modest growth each year, as growing world demand for commodities combined with high prices and favorable weather to support paraguay's commodity-based export expansion.

Environmental Issues

Deforestation; water pollution; inadequate means for waste disposal pose health risks for many urban residents; loss of wetlands

Government Type

Constitutional republic


6,831,306 (july 2008 est.)


Central south america, northeast of argentina


Total: 406,750 sq km land: 397,300 sq km water: 9,450 sq km

Slightly smaller than california

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: republic of paraguay conventional short form: paraguay local long form: republica del paraguay local short form: paraguay


Name: asuncion geographic coordinates: 25 16 s, 57 40 w time difference: utc-4 (1 hour ahead of washington, dc during standard time)

Military Service

18 years of age for compulsory and voluntary military service; conscript service obligation - 12 months for army, 24 months for navy (2006)

International Disputes

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

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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