Paraguay

Capital Asunción

Population 6,854,536

Area 406,752 km2

Key facts

Paraguay is a country located in South America. There are 3 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil) that Paraguay shares its borders with. As for languages, the country’s residents speak Spanish and Guarani. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Spanish.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Paraguay was ranked 44th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Paraguay is Paraguayan guaraní (PYG). The guarani (₲) is subdivided into 100 céntimo.

Paraguayan
Banknotes

₲1000₲2000₲5000₲10000₲20000₲50000₲100000

Paraguayan
Coins

₲50₲100₲500₲1000

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Paraguay is 121.97 Mbps and mobile is 25.19 Mbs.The global average is 187.01 Mbps and 128.37 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Paraguay.25.87 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Paraguay, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There is one common socket type used in Paraguay. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2024, Paraguay will celebrate 12 national public holidays. The next one Labour Day will take place on May 1.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2024 New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
March 1, 2024 Heroes’ dayDia de los héroes
March 28, 2024Moving holiday Maundy ThursdayJueves Santo
March 29, 2024Moving holiday Good FridayViernes Santo
May 1, 2024 Labour DayDía de los Trabajadores
May 14, 2024 Paraguayan IndependenceIndependencia
May 15, 2024 Paraguayan IndependenceIndependencia
June 12, 2024 Chaco ArmisticeDia de la Paz del Chaco
August 15, 2024 Founding of AsunciónFundación de Asunción
September 29, 2024 Boqueron Battle Victory DayVictoria de Boquerón
December 8, 2024 Virgin of CaacupeVirgen de Caacupé
December 25, 2024 Christmas DayDía de Navidad

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Paraguay?

There are no Mariott hotels in Paraguay.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Paraguay.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Paraguay.

There are no Best Western hotels in Paraguay.

There are no Radisson hotels in Paraguay.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Paraguay.

What fast food chains are present in Paraguay?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Paraguay.

The KFC chain operates in Paraguay.

The Burger King chain operates in Paraguay.

The Subway chain does not operate in Paraguay.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Paraguay.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Paraguay.

Weather

What is the weather like in Asunción?

Today the sun in Asunción, rises at 6:07 AM and sets at 5:32 PM. The climate of Asunción may be categorized as a Humid subtropical (Cfa), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayApr 18SunnyLow: 12.6°C (54.68°F)High: 25.9°C (78.62°F)
FridayApr 19SunnyLow: 14.4°C (57.92°F)High: 27.4°C (81.32°F)
SaturdayApr 20Partly cloudlyLow: 18.3°C (64.94°F)High: 30.1°C (86.18°F)
SundayApr 21SunnyLow: 19°C (66.2°F)High: 31.8°C (89.24°F)
MondayApr 22Rain showersLow: 23.1°C (73.58°F)High: 33°C (91.4°F)
TuesdayApr 23Rain showersLow: 23.4°C (74.12°F)High: 29.1°C (84.38°F)

Weather data for Asunción (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 2 cities. You can use Bolt in 2 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Paraguay.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.8, Paraguay is placed 96th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Paraguay traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  625.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2016.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 22.00 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Paraguay

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Decriminalized up to 10g
Medical usage: Illegal

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