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Paraguay – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Liz Cramer, Minister for Industry and Commerce of Paraguay (13.03.19)  France Diplomatie

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met with Liz Cramer, Minister for Industry and Commerce of ...

France Diplomatie
Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago and Paraguay join Clean Seas campaign during UN Environment Assembly  UN Environment

Nairobi, 15 March, 2019 – Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Paraguay today joined UN Environment's Clean Seas campaign, bringing the ...

UN Environment
Casa de la Independencia – Asunción, Paraguay  Atlas Obscura

Discover Casa de la Independencia in Asunción, Paraguay: The fighters and conspirators that won independence for Paraguay held secret meetings at this ...

Atlas Obscura
MIM Paraguay Exhibit: New acquisitions and video share rich musical traditions  Foothills Focus

PHOENIX – In the Musical Instrument Museum's (MIM) ever-changing galleries, there is always something different for guests to see and hear. Exhibits are ...

Foothills Focus
Paraguay may use army to control prisons plagued by Brazilian gangs  UPI News

Paraguay is considering the use of its armed forces to control detention centers housing the Brazilian gangs leading recent prison riots in the country.

UPI News
Paraguay national team calls up MLS-based trio for March friendlies in US  MLSsoccer.com

Paraguay have called up three MLS-based players for their twin friendlies on United States soil this month. New York Red Bulls playmaker Kaku Gamarra, the ...

Paraguayan Minister of Health and Delegation Visit Direct Relief  Direct Relief

Dr. Julio Daniel Mazzoleni Insfran and other officials from Paraguay meet with Direct Relief staff to strategize around continued medical support to the country.

Direct Relief
National assessment to support Paraguay's 2018 Sendai Framework Implementation Plan - Paraguay  ReliefWeb

Paraguay's newest initiative to strengthen disaster resilience and reduce risk kicked off on February 28, 2019 in the nation's capital Asunción in partnership with ...

Beyoncé trademark battle, Saudi fees fall, and HP on Paraguay fakes approach: news digest  World Trademark Review

Every Tuesday and Friday, WTR presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In our latest edition, we look at ...

World Trademark Review
Brazen Paraguay Vehicle Theft Shows Minotauro's Influence from Jail  Insightcrime.org

Despite being jailed in a federal prison in Brazil, an alleged PCC gang leader continues to govern the Brazil-Paraguay border, suggesting that the government is ...

Brazil's Bolsonaro praises late Paraguay dictator Stroessner  Fox News

ASUNCION, Paraguay – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has praised late Paraguayan dictator Gen. Alfredo Stroessner during a ceremony at the Itaipu ...

Fox News
Paraguay's Government Plans a Road Following the Example of Compostela  FSSPX.News

Asuncion's government has come up with the idea of creating a road following the path of the Jesuit missionaries in Paraguay, after the example of the ...

Venezuela’s Guaido visits Argentina and Paraguay in bid to drum up support  FRANCE 24 English

Venezuela's self-declared President Juan Guaido visited Paraguay and Argentina on Friday to shore up Latin American support for a transitional government in ...

FRANCE 24 English
Paraguay says Venezuela's Guaido to visit on Friday: tweet  Reuters

Paraguay President Mario Abdo said by tweet on Thursday that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido will visit the country on Friday, as Guaido tries to ...

Crypto Milestone: Argentina Accepts Bitcoin Payment for Goods Sold to Paraguay  The Daily Hodl

In a first-ever transaction, Argentina and Paraguay used Bitcoin to settle a payment for an export deal between the countries, according to a new report. The two ...

The Daily Hodl
Vouga and Akin Gump behind petrol station buy in Paraguay  Latin Lawyer

Vouga Abogados in Asunción has helped local company Copetrol acquire all of Axion Energy's petrol stations in Paraguay.

Latin Lawyer
Naidu underlines need to boost business cooperation between India and Paraguay  Business Standard

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday underlined the need to explore further business cooperation between India and Paraguay in fields of mutual ...

Business Standard
Paraguay appoint Eduardo Berizzo as head coach  FIFA.com

Keep up to date with all the latest news from 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

In a first, Argentina settles export deal with Paraguay using Bitcoin  Chepicap

In a first for both countries, Argentina has settled an export deal with Paraguay in Bitcoin, CoinTelegraph reports. Paraguay bought pesticides and fumigation ...

India, Paraguay agree to promote bilateral investment, explore new areas of collaboration  Moneycontrol.com

The decisions were taken as Vice President Venkaiah Naidu visited the country. He is the highest-level representative of India to visit Paraguay since the ...

Tackling Impunity in Paraguay: Resistance, Persistence, and the Power of a Network  IFEX

A video tells the story of how IFEX-ALC worked with its local member SPP, along with victims of impunity, their families, journalists, officials, and others, to bring ...

Bolsonaro praises late Paraguay dictator Stroessner as 'a man of vision'  Buenos Aires Times

Jair Bolsonaro paid tribute to the former dictators of Brazil and Paraguay on Tuesday at a ceremony to celebrate the Itaipu hydroelectric dam. The Brazilian ...

Buenos Aires Times
Bat Country: Paraguayan midfielder says deal in place to join Tottenham  Cartilage Free Captain

We're all recovering from the gut punch that Tottenham Hotspur received earlier today as the club was drawn against Manchester City in the Champions League ...

Cartilage Free Captain
Chile joins Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay in bid to host World Cup 2030  The Santiago Times

SANTIAGO – Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay are to submit a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup, Chile's President Sebastian Piñera announced on ...

The Santiago Times
Petrobras completes sales of Paraguay operations  Tank Storage magazine

The companies sold operate in Paraguay in the distribution and sale of fuels, LPG, lubricants and other special products through a network of 201 *service* ...

Tank Storage magazine
Paraguay, India look to boost trade ties  Business News Americas

Paraguay's government wants to boost trade ties with India, one of the world's fastest growing economies. President Mario Abdo Benítez (pictured) met with ...

Business News Americas
Paraguay's Spending Priorities Will Be Source Of Tension  Fitch Solutions

Key View. At Fitch Solutions, we expect Paraguay will run a budget deficit at or near its statutory 1.5% of GDP limit in 2019 and 2020. While we expect President ...

Fitch Solutions
Venkaiah Naidu arrives at Paraguay, first Indian Vice President to visit the Latin American country  ANI News

New Delhi [India], Mar 6 (ANI): Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday arrives at Paraguay. He was received by Paraguay's Deputy Minister for ...

ANI News
Paraguay name Eduardo Berizzo as new national team coach  Buenos Aires Times

Former Sevilla and Athlétic Bilbao boss Eduardo Berizzo has been named as the new Paraguay head coach, the country's football federation announced on ...

Buenos Aires Times
ESPN FC What happened to Salvador Cabanas? Tom Marshall  ESPN

He was a superstar for Club America in Liga MX, scoring nearly 100 goals. He was linked to Manchester United and was ready to lead Paraguay at the 2010 ...

Paraguay can't include bananas in its school snacks because of logistical issues  FreshPlaza.com

FreshPlaza, portal for the *fresh* produce industry, offering the latest news, job advertisements, pricewatching, and photo reports.

Gerardo Martino releases call up for Chile and Paraguay friendlies  FMF State of Mind

With most Europeans and a heavy presence of players from the two teams in Monterrey, Gerardo “Tata” Martino released his call up for the March friendlies ...

FMF State of Mind
Low investments strain Paraguay's water utility  Business News Americas

A long period of low investments in water infrastructure is backfiring in the form of strained production capacity of Paraguay's state .

Business News Americas
Portland Timbers officially acquire Paraguayan defender Jorge Moreira  OregonLive

The Portland Timbers have officially acquired Paraguayan right back Jorge Moreira on loan with an option to buy. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday ...

Paraguay's Essap to tender sewer works next month  Business News Americas

Paraguay's state water utility Essap presented the US$30mn sewer system expansion for the city of Fernando de la Mora (Central department).

Business News Americas
Paraguay chooses company to test turbine model for Aña Cuá  Business News Americas

The Executive Committee of the Yacyretá Binational Entity (EBY) met today in Asunción, headed by its Paraguayan directors, Nicanor Duarte Frutos, and ...

Business News Americas
Paraguayan teenager enjoys the fame of being named after Optimus Prime, the Transformers character  Daily Mail

Optimosprayn Ismael Meza, 19, which translates from Spanish to Optimus Prime, was named after the character from the Transformers cartoon. He is from ...

Daily Mail
Paraguay Is a Fiscal Paradise for Terrorists  Foreign Policy

The U.S. Department of Justice last year designated Hezbollah, a Lebanese political party and militant group, as a transnational criminal organization, thanks to ...

Foreign Policy
Brazil’s Violent Drug Trade Overruns Paraguay: ‘Scenes You Only See in Movies’  The New York Times

Some of Brazil's most powerful gangs have established a foothold in neighboring Paraguay, importing havoc as they export guns and drugs. One man is at the ...

The New York Times
Paraguay's underground economy  World Finance

Having waged war against Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, Francisco Solano López's belief that he was South America's answer to Napoléon ended up as ...

World Finance
Paraguay cuts diplomatic ties with Venezuela after Maduro sworn in  Reuters

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguayan President Mario Abdo said on Thursday he was cutting diplomatic ties with Venezuela and was immediately withdrawing his ...

Paraguayan club manager sacked for sleeping with player's wife  Tuko.co.ke

Tuko.co.ke News ☛ Leonel Alvarez, manager of top Paraguayan club Libertad de Paraguay has been sacked for sleeping with his player's wife. It was reported ...

Paraguay Wants Investors to Know It's More Stable Than Neighbors  Bloomberg

After a volatile year for Latin America and developing nations overall, Paraguay's new central bank chairman Jose Cantero wants to remind global investors ...

A Defiant Interview in a Jail Cell, Soon to Turn Into a Murder Scene  The New York Times

In a prison interview, a drug lord called Paraguay “the land of impunity.” Hours later, it was hard not to interpret those words as a blood bath foretold.

The New York Times
Outrage in Paraguay after Brazil cartel boss kills woman in his prison cell  The Guardian

Marcelo Pinheiro's murder of Lidia Meza, 18, in an apparent attempt to avoid extradition, highlights a culture of impunity.

The Guardian
Israel closing embassy in Paraguay in response to return of mission to Tel Aviv  Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the closure of Israel's embassy in Paraguay on Wednesday, hours after the Latin American nation's new ...

Paraguay: Floods - Nov 2018  ReliefWeb

On 29 October 2018, the Paraguay Agency Information (IP) published an updated report regarding the severe weather situation in the county; at least 2,100 ...

Investigation reveals illegal cattle ranching in Paraguay's vanishing Chaco  Mongabay.com

South America's Gran Chaco is a hot, semi-arid biome that stretches from eastern Bolivia down through western Paraguay into Argentina, barely touching Brazil ...

Air advisors begin new partnership with Paraguayan air force  Air Force Link

The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron completed a mobile training team mission with the Paraguayan air force, or FAP, in Asuncion, Paraguay from ...

Air Force Link
Paraguay Struggles to Overcome Challenges in Crop Substitution  Insightcrime.org

A group of farmers in Paraguay announced they might return to marijuana cultivation, revealing the limits and challenges that crop substitution programs are ...

In Paraguay, Rapid Deforestation Is the Price of an Economic Boom  World Politics Review

Paraguay’s opposition party recently proposed an alternative to mandatory military *service* for conscription-age youth: replanting trees in depleted forests.

World Politics Review
Paraguay and Juan Carlos Osorio part ways by mutual consent  ESPN

Juan Carlos Osorio is no longer head coach of Paraguay after he and the country's football association announced they would part ways by mutual consent.

Paraguay eyes services sector for growth  UNCTAD

A burgeoning global services sector has Paraguay interested in expanding its own to create jobs and growth. UNCTAD has completed intensive reviews of ...

Taiwan’s long relationship with Paraguay continues to pay off  The Economist

NO PLACE on Earth is farther from Paraguay than Taiwan, its antipode. Yet Asunción, Paraguay's steamy capital in the heart of South America, is full of symbols ...

The Economist
Paraguay's new president takes office, promises to cut poverty  Reuters

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Former senator Mario Abdo Benitez took office as Paraguay's new president on Wednesday, pledging to cut poverty and fight corruption ...

Paraguay Authorities Foil New Plan to Free Red Command Leader  Insightcrime.org

Authorities in Paraguay have foiled, for the second time in a month, an attempt to free a Brazilian drug trafficker imprisoned in the Southern Cone nation, raising ...

Should Paraguay invest its energy wealth in bitcoin ‘mining’ or fighting poverty?  The Guardian

The Itaipú dam is already enriching some, and they believe the country should invest more in cryptocurrency, while others argue it should spread Itaipú's bounty ...

The Guardian
Can Paraguay's Dysfunctional Education System Be Reformed?  World Politics Review

Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about education policy in various countries around the world. The Paraguayan government, led by freshly ...

World Politics Review
Paraguay recognizes Venezuela's Guaido as interim president  Reuters

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president on Wednesday, tweeting that he and his ...

Argentina Settles Export Deal With Paraguay Using Bitcoin  Cointelegraph

News. Argentina has settled an export deal with Paraguay in Bitcoin (BTC), Cointelegraph en Español reported on Thursday, Feb. 14. In a reported first for both ...

Paraguay: a road trip way off the Gringo Trail  Financial Times

On a journey taking in 18th-century missions, remote cattle ranches and wildlife-rich wilderness, Nick Middleton finds a beguiling destination ripe for rediscovery.

Financial Times
Agribusiness Invasion Threatens Indigenous of Paraguay's Chaco Region  Truthout

The Paraguayan Chaco region has been home to various groups of Indigenous peoples for millennia. But over the past few years, the land has been invaded by ...

More Than 130 Guns Go Missing, Paraguay Police Say; Toy Replicas Left Behind  NPR

Officials in Paraguay are investigating the apparent theft of dozens of weapons, after a cache of automatic rifles that were kept at a police station were found to ...

Where to eat seafood in carnivorous Paraguay  Roads and Kingdoms

The best budget fish platter you've ever had in a landlocked country—and maybe anywhere.

Roads and Kingdoms
The story behind why Paraguay followed the US and moved its embassy to Jerusalem  PRI

It's been two months now since the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem. The embassy opened May 14 to official fanfare while dozens died the same day along ...

Juan Carlos Osorio denies resigning from Paraguay national team  ESPN

Juan Carlos Osorio has told ESPN that he has not resigned from the Paraguay national team, despite reports in the Paraguayan press.

Poway High's Team Spyder offers robotics mentoring to students in Paraguay  The San Diego Union-Tribune

Poway High School's award-winning robotics team, Team Spyder, is using its influence and talent to help students in other countries start robotics teams.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sentence upheld for former Paraguayan mayor convicted of instigating 2014 murder of Pablo Medina  Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

There has been another advancement in the case of the 2014 murder of Paraguayan journalist Pablo Medina and his assistant Antonia Almada. An appeals ...

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
Paraguay: Acquittal of campesinos accused in Curuguaty case is a victory for human rights  Amnesty International

The decision of the Paraguay Supreme Court of Justice to acquit 11 people and order the release of four campesinos (peasant farmers) who remained in prison, ...

Amnesty International
How an army of volunteers helped Paraguay to conquer malaria  The Guardian

Paraguay is the first South American country to eradicate malaria. But neighbouring cases are mounting – and climate change threatens to spread the disease.

The Guardian
In Paraguay, fighting for women’s rights means fighting the past  PRI

The 14-year-old had been raped and denied an abortion. Three years ago, a similar story made headlines in Paraguay: a 10-year-old girl had been raped by ...

U.S. Vice President Pence pressures Paraguay over Jerusalem embassy move  Reuters

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Paraguay's new president to stick to his predecessor's decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Pence's office ...

Paraguay: A Country with Many Opportunities in Precision Agriculture  PrecisionAg

Paraguay is a country located in South America with a population of 6.8 million people, with much of its territory bordered by Brazil. Many people around the ...

In a Rare Success, Paraguay Conquers Malaria  The New York Times

But the infection is surging elsewhere, particularly in the Americas.

The New York Times
Paraguay: Calm Oasis  Global Finance

Paraguay has worked at increasing its macroeconomic stability, with notable success.

Global Finance
Juan Carlos Osorio's Paraguay to face Mexico in March  ESPN

Paraguay boss Juan Carlos Osorio will face off against his former employers Mexico in March, returning to the scene of El Tri's 7-0 loss vs. Chile.

How One Project Is Going to Save Trees In Paraguay Via Blockchain  Cointelegraph

Sponsored. A group of German entrepreneurs have come up with a blockchain-based project that aims to help save trees in Paraguay, one of the countries most ...

Paraguay's blue gold, by Guillaume Beaulande  Le Monde Diplomatique

The country has more water than anywhere else in Latin America, but its huge underground reserves are threatened by over-exploitation and (...)

Le Monde Diplomatique
Forced labour in Paraguay: the darkness at the bottom of the global supply chain  The Guardian

Experts believe that action is urgently needed to expose horrifying labour conditions across Paraguay's Chaco region.

The Guardian
How the Reign of Paraguay's Original Dictator Echoes to This Day  Americas Quarterly

This article is adapted from AQ's print issue on reducing homicide in Latin America. Dressed in breeches, a ruffled shirt and a menacing black cape, the actor ...

Americas Quarterly
After Signs of Progress, Paraguay Turns Its Back on LGBT Rights  OZY

As South America becomes more liberal, this landlocked nation is in reverse.

Paraguay’s Economic, Political Transformation Deserves Recognition  Daily Signal

Paraguay has accomplished notable political and economic reforms, a transformation that is earning a second look from its allies and potential investors.

Daily Signal
Long Overdue, Can an Anti-Corruption Surge in Paraguay Last?  World Politics Review

In recent months, there has been a surge of protests in Paraguay against dirty politicians of all stripes that has already claimed several high-profile targets.

World Politics Review
WHO certifies Paraguay malaria-free  World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) today certified Paraguay as having eliminated malaria, the first country in the Americas to be granted this status since ...

World Health Organization
How Paraguay dumps billions of illicit cigarettes on the global market  The Conversation - Canada

The history of Paraguay's role in the global illicit tobacco trade, and its implications.

The Conversation - Canada
Bitfury Partners to Launch Bitcoin Mining Centers in Paraguay  CoinDesk

Bitfury Group and South Korean R&D firm Commons Foundation are jointly launching a network of bitcoin mining operations in Paraguay. Announcing the ...

Paraguay agriculture minister among four dead in plane crash: official  Reuters

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguay Agriculture Minister Luis Gneiting and three others died when the twin engine airplane carrying them to the capital Asuncion ...

Prosecution of Paraguay judges over peasant 'massacre' ruling could undermine rule of law: UN expert  UN News

The planned prosecution of Supreme Court judges who acquitted 11 peasant farmers jailed over the death of police officers during a violent land eviction in ...

UN News
Paraguay's new president recalls an old dictatorship  The Conversation - US

Paraguay's conservative president-elect Mario Abdo narrowly won the April 22 election. His father was the private secretary for dictator Alfredo Stroessner, who ...

The Conversation - US
President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Paraguay to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Mario Abdo Benitez  Whitehouse.gov

President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Paraguay to attend the Inauguration of His ...

Goldman and JPMorgan Need to Woo Paraguay to Win Its Business  Bloomberg

Paraguay's Finance Minister Benigno Lopez has a message for investment banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan: if you want me, then woo me.

Bitfury to Launch Bitcoin Mining Centers in Paraguay With New Partnership  Cointelegraph

Bitfury partners with Seoul-based p2p research firm to launch several mining centers and a cryptocurrency exchange in Paraguay.

Paraguay cuts funding costs with new bonds  LatinFinance

Paraguay has sold $500m in 31-year bonds at its lowest rate for long-term notes, as investors rewarded the country for solid economic growth and low debt ...

Paraguay suspends judges over sentence for abusive priest  Crux: Covering all things Catholic

ASUNCION, Paraguay - Three Paraguayan judges who gave a Catholic priest convicted of abusing a 14-year-old a light sentence have been suspended, ...

Crux: Covering all things Catholic
Arrests Suggest Crooked Cops Are Aiding PCC's Expansion in Paraguay  Insightcrime.org

The arrest of an alleged Brazilian crime boss, a purported collaborator and a policeman working as a bodyguard in Paraguay's capital city illustrates how police ...

WHINSEC Leaders help Paraguay with Medical Training Course  United States Army

Paraguay's president issued an order establishing a new Emergency Medical Response course after a successful presentation of the course.

United States Army
The Mesmerizing Spiderweb Lace of Paraguay | Good Sh*t  OZY

This embroidered, intricate craftwork has become a symbol of a mysterious nation in the heart of South America.

His Father Aided a Dictator. Paraguay Elected Him President.  The New York Times

The conservative Colorado Party held power with a close victory by Mario Abdo Benítez, son of a key figure in the Stroessner dictatorship.

The New York Times
Paraguay Government to Provide Land to “Golden Goose” Mining Project  Bitcoin News

Paraguay's vice president has declared support for the “Golden Goose” project - an undertaking that will see South Korea's Blockchain Technology Foundation ...

Bitcoin News
Paraguay: Floods - Preliminary Final Report (MDRPY018) (21 December 2018) - Paraguay  ReliefWeb

English Situation Report on Paraguay about Agriculture, Disaster Management, Aged Persons, Children, Flash Flood, Flood and more; published on 21 Dec ...


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No estoy seguro si hacer esto fue legal... | PARAGUAY
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Destinos In Paraguay. Programa Completo
Finding Traces of a Failed Aryan Colony in Paraguay - 2013 | The New York Times
Finding Traces of a Failed Aryan Colony in Paraguay - 2013 | The New York Times
Rescataron al puma que cruzó de Paraguay a Itatí nadando por el río Paraná
Rescataron al puma que cruzó de Paraguay a Itatí nadando por el río Paraná
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Daddy Yankee - PARAGUAY - Tu Principe
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Paraguay (; Spanish pronunciation: [paɾaˈɣwaj]; Guarani: Paraguái, [paɾaˈɰwaj]), officially the Republic of Paraguay (Spanish: República del Paraguay; Guarani: Tetã Paraguái), is a country of South America. It is bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Although it is one of the only two landlocked countries in South America (the other is Bolivia), the country has coasts, beaches and ports on the Paraguay and Paraná rivers that give exit to the Atlantic Ocean through the Paraná-Paraguay Waterway. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de Sudamérica ("Heart of South America").Spanish conquistadores arrived in 1524 after navigating northwards from the Río de la Plata to the Paraná River, and finally up the Paraguay River. In 1537, they established the city of Asunción, which was the first capital of the Governorate of Paraguay and Río de la Plata. Paraguay was the epicenter of the Jesuit Missions, where the Guaraní people were educated and introduced to Christianity and European culture under the direction of the Society of Jesus in Jesuit reductions, mainly during the 17th century. However, after the expulsion of the Jesuits from Spanish territories in 1767, Paraguay increasingly became a peripheral colony, with few urban centers and settlers. Following independence from Spain at the beginning of the 19th century, Paraguay was ruled by a series of authoritarian governments who generally implemented nationalist, isolationist and protectionist policies. This period ended with the disastrous Paraguayan War, during which Paraguay lost at least 50% of its prewar population and around 25–33% of its territory to the Triple Alliance of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. In the 20th century, Paraguay faced another major international conflict – the Chaco War – against Bolivia, from which the Paraguayans emerged victorious. Afterwards, the country entered a period of military dictatorships, ending with the 35 year regime of Alfredo Stroessner that lasted until he was toppled in 1989 by an internal military coup. This marked the beginning of the "democratic era" of Paraguay.With around 7 million inhabitants, Paraguay is a founding member of Mercosur, an original member of the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Lima Group. Also, the city of Luque, in Asuncion's Metropolitan Area, is the seat of the CONMEBOL. The Guarani culture is very influential and more than 90% of the people speak different forms of the Guarani language. Paraguayans are known for being a very happy and easy-living people and many times the country topped the "world's happiest place" charts because of the "positive experiences" lived and expressed by the population.