Interesting facts about Paraguay

The Republic of Paraguay is located in South America, the state has no outlet to the sea. Paraguay covers an area of ​​just over 400, 000 square kilometers and has a population of about 7, 000, 000. Most of the population is mestizo from marriages of Spaniards and Guaraní Indians. The language of the local Indians, along with Spanish, has the status of the state language. In Paraguay, unlike the rest of South America, the language of the Indians is much more popular than the European.

Despite the fact that Paraguay is located inland, landlocked, the country has a navy and naval aviation. The fleet is based on the country's largest rivers: Paraguay, Parana and Pilcomayo. The legend of the Paraguayan navy is the boat "Capitan Cabral", which has been part of it since 1908 and in 2009 was recognized as the oldest operating naval vessel on the planet.

Ivan Timofeevich Belyaev, Major General of the Russian Army, is also an honorary citizen of Paraguay. Belyaev was a participant in the First World War, during the Civil War in Russia he was in the White Army. In 1920, Belyaev went abroad, four years later he ended up in Paraguay. In the first half of the thirties, he fought in the army of Paraguay against Bolivia, and in 1936 he was awarded the title of honorary citizen of the country.

The Russian diaspora in Paraguay is quite numerous. The first settlers from Russia appeared here in the nineteenth century. Some fled overseas from the oppression of the government, others in Paraguay were led by the "hunt for wanderlust." And in the first decades, Russians began to arrive here, who did not accept the new power in their country. Currently, there are at least 10, 000 Russians in Paraguay. In the capital of Paraguay, the city of Asuncion, several streets are named after emigrants from Russia.

Paraguay became one of the first states in South America to have a railway. Work on their creation began in 1854. The first line connected two cities - Asuncion and Paraguari. At present, the total length of the steel lines is about 1, 000 kilometers. By rail, you can also get to neighboring countries - Argentina and Brazil.

Many Paraguayans have personal weapons at home; it is quite simple to issue them officially in the country. Moreover, duels are not prohibited in Paraguay even today. There is, however, one prerequisite: both duelists must be registered as blood donors. This will probably make it easier to save the victim. For example, pour your own blood into him. The presence of medical workers at the duel is mandatory.

Most of Paraguay is located on the plains. Only in the eastern part of the country there are wooded hills. The highest point is Mount Cerro Pero, 842 meters high. In summer, the air temperature in Paraguay often warms up above 30 degrees, and in winter air masses from Antarctica often penetrate here, as a result of which the temperature can drop to 6 degrees Celsius.

The average life expectancy in Paraguay is quite high, it exceeds 70 years. The bulk of the country's population is Catholic. The descendants of immigrants from Russia are Orthodox. In 1928, the Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos was consecrated in Asuncion. For a long time, divorce was prohibited in Paraguay. This ban was lifted only in the early nineties of the last century.

Guests of Paraguay note an interesting feature - the inhabitants of this country do not really keep track of the time. To be late, for example, for a pre-arranged meeting is quite common here. Residents of other countries may be offended by this, but for the Paraguayans themselves, this is by no means a sign of disrespect. In communication, Paraguayans are quite friendly.

Paraguay is by no means a tourist country, although the government has been doing a lot in recent years to attract visitors from all over the world. In terms of the number of tourists, Paraguay in Latin America is ahead of only small countries - Suriname and Guyana. But it cannot be compared, for example, with Brazil or Argentina.

Since 1968, Paraguay has regularly participated in the Summer Olympics, missing only the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Meanwhile, the results of the athletes of this country are quite modest, on their account there is only one silver medal, won by the footballers in 2004 in Athens. In 2014, Paraguay sent its athlete to the Winter Games in Sochi for the first time. Julia Marino performed quite modestly in freestyle competitions, taking 17th place.

The real legend of Paraguayan sports is the football goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert, who twice took part in the world championships as part of the national team of his country. In addition to his immediate duties to defend the goal, Chilavert successfully hit free kicks and penalties. In total, in official matches, he hit the opponents' goal 62 times. Moreover, 8 of them were scored in the matches of the Paraguayan national team.