The subtropical Paraguay was founded in 1811 and nicknamed Corazón de América, meaning “the Heart of America” for its central location on the continent. The population is around 7 million and the capital is Asunción.
Christianity is the main religion and the Roman Catholic Church is especially popular. The official languages are Spanish and Paraguayan Guaraní, with Guaraní being is one of the most-widely spoken indigenous languages of the Americas.
(2014) The people of Paraguay are known for producing some of the world’s most exquisite lacework. They are famous for Nanduti (meaning “spiderweb”), which is beautiful lace created in circular designs in various vibrant colors. When you visit Paraguay you will see lace everywhere! Another unique fact is that Paraguay is the only country in the world whose national flag has different emblems on each side, with the Coat of Arms on the front and the Treasury Seal on the back.
An amazing sight in Paraguay is the Itaipu Dam, a huge hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River between Brazil and Paraguay. It’s known for its nighttime light shows and great views.