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Paraguay achieved its independence from Spain in 1811. In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70) - between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay - Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males and much of its territory. The country stagnated economically for the next half century. Following the Chaco War of 1932-35 with Bolivia, Paraguay gained a large part of the Chaco lowland region. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER ended in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, Paraguay has held relatively free and regular presidential elections since then.


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Transportation

Airports World Ranking: 9
800 (2012)

Airports - with paved runways
Total 15
Over 3,047 m 3
1,524 to 2,437 m 7
914 to 1,523 m 5 (2012)

Airports - with unpaved runways
Total 785
1,524 to 2,437 m 23
914 to 1,523 m 289
Under 914 m 473 (2012)

Railways World Ranking: 132
Total 36 km
Standard gauge 36 km 1.435-m gauge (2008)

Roadways World Ranking: 98
Total 29,500 km
Paved 14,986 km
Unpaved 14,514 km (2000)

Waterways World Ranking: 33
3,100 km (primarily on the Paraguay and Paraná river systems) (2012)

Merchant marine World Ranking: 96
Total 19
By type
Cargo 13, container 3, passenger 1, petroleum tanker 1, roll on/roll off 1
Foreign-owned
6 (Argentina 5, Netherlands 1) (2010)

Ports and terminals
Asuncion, Villeta, San Antonio, Encarnacion


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Paraguay (Asuncion):


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Bahia De Asuncion Departamento Central

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San Antonio Departamento De Caaguazu

Arroyo Pirapyta Departamento Del Alto Parana

Florida Departamento De Misiones




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