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Geography of Paraguay

Paraguay is considered to be a large nation because of its total area. Its total land area is 406,752 km² (approx. 157,047 mi²). Continental shelf of Paraguay is approximately 0 km² (around 0 mi²). Paraguay is located in South America. The vast majority of South American citizens speak Spanish or Portuguese. South American countries include, but are not limited to, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Paraguay has 3 neighbouring countries. Its neighbours include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil. Paraguay is a landlocked country. The average elevation range of Paraguay is 178 m (584 ft).

Neighbors

Total length of land borders of Paraguay is 4655 kilometers (~1,797 miles). Paraguay shares its land borders with 3 different countries, and has the same number of unique land boundaries to neigbouring territories. As in the case of Paraguay, if a country has the same number of unique neighboring territories as number of land borders, than that country has no non-contiguous sections of a land border. This is in contrast to several countries that have multiple non-contiguous sections of land borders. Paraguay has 3 neighbouring countries. Its neighbours include Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. The lengths of the land borders of Paraguay with its neighbouring countries are as follows:

Cities

The capital city of Paraguay is Asuncion. The largest city in Paraguay is Asunción.

Elevation

The average elevation range of Paraguay is 178 m (584 ft). The highest point of Paraguay is Cerro Peró, with its official height being 842 m (2,763 ft). The lowest point of Paraguay is Rio Paraguay. It lies at 46 m (151 ft) above the sea level. The elevation difference between the highest (Cerro Peró) and lowest (Rio Paraguay) points of Paraguay is 796 m (2 ft).

Area

The total land area of Paraguay is 406,752 km² (approx. 157,047 mi²). and the total exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is 0 km² (~0 mi²). The continental shelf of Paraguay is approximately 0 km² (around 0 mi²). Including land mass and EEZ, the total area of Paraguay is approximately 406,752 km² (~157,047 mi²). Paraguay is considered to be a large nation because of its total area.

Forest and arable land

184,750 km² of Paraguay's territory is covered in forests, and forest land comprises 45% of all the land in the country. There are 29,678 km² of arable land in Paraguay, and it comprises 7% of the country's total territory.

Read our section on climate to discover what parameters affect these and other biomes of the country.

Natural resources

The most notable natural resources found in Paraguay are hydropower, timber, iron ore, manganese, limestone.