Asunción

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Asunción
From the top to bottom, left to right: skyline of the city from the Paraguay River, Citibank Tower, the Cabildo of Asunción, the National Pantheon of the Heroes, Palacio de los López, Hotel Guaraní
From the top to bottom, left to right: skyline of the city from the Paraguay River, Citibank Tower, the Cabildo of Asunción, the National Pantheon of the Heroes, Palacio de los López, Hotel Guaraní
Flag of Asunción
Flag
Coat of arms of Asunción
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): 
Mother of Cities
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Coordinates: 25°18′S 57°38′W / 25.300°S 57.633°W / -25.300; -57.633Coordinates: 25°18′S 57°38′W / 25.300°S 57.633°W / -25.300; -57.633
Country Paraguay
DistrictGran Asunción
FoundedAugust 15, 1537
Government
 • IntendantMario Ferreiro
Area
 • City117 km2 (45.2 sq mi)
 • Metro
1,000 km2 (400 sq mi)
Elevation
43 m (141 ft)
Population
(2009[1])
 • City542,023
 • Density4,411/km2 (11,420/sq mi)
 • Metro
2,329,061
Demonym(s)Asunceno, -a
Postal code
1001-1925
Area code(s)(+595) 21
HDI (2011)style="color:#090">high
Websitewww.mca.gov.py (Spanish)
Skyline of Asunción city

Asunción (full name: Nuestra Señora Santa María de la Asunción), is the capital city and largest city of Paraguay. The city has more than 1.2 million inhabitants, and the metropolitan area has more than 1.8 million inhabitants. It is on the left bank of the Paraguay River and is the main seaport of Paraguay.

The Spanish word "asunción" means assumption in English. It refers to the Assumption of Mary; the full name means Our Lady, Holy Mary of the Assumption.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Paraguay Facts and Figures". MSN Encarta. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2009-07-07.