|Area|| total: 406,752 km2
water: 9,450 km2
land: 397,300 km2
|Population||6,349,000 (2009 est.)|
|Language||Spanish (official), Guarani (official)|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 90%, Mennonite, and other Protestant|
|Electricity||220V/50Hz (European plug)|
Paraguay is a landlocked country in South America bordering Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. The country is rich in natural resources: the world's largest drinking water reservoir (Guarani Aquifer) is beneath its soil, the biggest hydroelectric producer--The Itaipú Dam--is on its border with Brazil. It's also the world's fifth largest exporter of soya beans, as well as a renowned producer of beef. Despite this, it is South America's second poorest country, and it is very common to see beggars asking for money on Asuncion's corners.