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Culture of Paraguay

People in Paraguay speak the Spanish, and Paraguayan Guaraní languages. The linguistic diversity of Paraguay is rather diverse according to a fractionalization scale which for Paraguay is 0.5975. The followers of Christianity are the religious majority in the country. 61.9% of Paraguay's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of Paraguay. The rate of urbanization in Paraguay is considered to be 2.8. According to data on inbound tourists in Paraguay, 610,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.

National anthem

The national anthem of Paraguay is called 'Paraguayos, República o Muerte', which in English means 'Paraguayans, the Republic or Death'. It was adopted in 1933. The lyrics have been written by Francisco Acuña de Figueroa and the music has been composed by Francisco José Debali.

Fast food

The first McDonalds in Paraguay was opened on 21 November 1996, and it was located in Asuncion. At the moment Paraguay has 11 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 18% of the population of Paraguay are obese.

Alcohol consumption

Each year, the people of Paraguay consume 1.5 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 51.1% beer, 18.1% wine, 28.8% distilled spirits, 2% other alcohol.

National dish

One of the most popular national dishes of Paraguay is sopa paraguaya.