Paraguay is a landlocked country in South America. The Rio Paraguay divides it into two large landscapes: the tropical savannah areas of the Chaco Boreal in the west and the subtropical rainforest areas in the lowlands and mountainous countries of the east. Paraguay is an agricultural country with export-oriented agriculture. It is one of the poorest developing countries in South America with many social problems.
Which country is Asunción?
Asunción is the short form of the name “La Muy Noble y Leal Ciudad de Nuestra Señora Santa Maria de la Asunción”, which translates as “the very venerable and (Spain) faithful city of Our Holy Lady Mary of the Assumption”. The city was founded on the Assumption Day, that is, August 15, of the year 1537, as a result of which it received this name. In Guaraní it is called Paraguaŷ, similar to the country, which in Guaraní is called Paraguái. Since Buenos Aires had to be re-founded, Asunción is the oldest Spanish city in the La Plata region. Numerous expeditions started from here, on which other cities were founded, so it is often called “Madre de Ciudades” (city mother).
Asunción is the capital and with around 525,000 inhabitants (as of 2016 – number slightly declining), at the same time the largest city in Paraguay. Due to the immediately adjoining cities of Luque, Lambaré, Villa Elisa, Fernando de la Mora, Ñemby and San Lorenzo, the conurbation of Asunción has about 1/4 of all inhabitants of Paraguay. If you add the metropolitan area, you even get to 1/3 of the inhabitants of Paraguay. The conurbation of Asunción today suffers greatly from the extremely high population density.
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