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    (May 14, 1811- )
    Located in south-central South America, surrounded by Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina
    About the size of California
    Gained independence from Spain (May 14, 1811)
    Currency is Guaraní
    Languages are Spanish (official) and Guaraní
    95% of Paraguay's people are mestizo (mixed Spanish and Indian)
    It is often confused with Uruguay.
    For much of the twentieth century, Paraguay was South America's most notorious police state.
    Health risks in Paraguay are Cholera, cutaneous leishmaniasis, dengue fever, hepatitis, hookworm, malaria, tuberculosis and typhoid.
    Ramon Romero is regarded as the only living person capable of playing the Paraguayan harp.
    Osama Bin Laden's organization is reportedly trying to extend its network in Paraguay.
    After his election (1999), Paraguayan President Luis Angel Gonzalez Macchi was caught driving a Mercedes that was stolen in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    If you are a registered blood donor, you are legally allowed to duel with another registered blood donor.
    The Spanish Jesuit's fought the Spanish conquistadors to prevent the enslavement of the Guaraní Indians.
    The Paraguayans of Guaraní descent are said to be exceptionally talented musicians and artisans.
    The New Advent called the Jesuit Reductions of Paraguay, is considered 'one of the most singular and beautiful creations of Catholic missionary activity.'
    Only five percent of Paraguay's population is over 65.
    PJ O'Rourke wrote 'Paraguay is nowhere and famous for nothing,' and then, on a short visit, fell in love with the place.
    The Guaraní Missions of the Society of Jesus created one of the few successful long term, large scale experiments in communism.
    One can travel in luxury in Paraguay for US $15-30 a day.

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