Republic of Paraguay. Country Code: PA. Location: Central part of South America, bordering Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. Land Area: 157,048 square miles, slightly smaller than California. Capital: Asuncion. Climate: Subtropical to temperate, substantial rainfall in the eastern portions, and becoming semiarid in the far west. Terrain: 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 and thorny scrub elsewhere. Population: 5,585,828. Life Expectancy: 74 years. Literacy: 92%. Languages: Spanish (official) and Guarani. Ethnic Groups: Spanish and Amerindian. Currency: Guarani.

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