Departments of Paraguay

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Paraguay has 17 departments and one capital district (Distrito Capital). The departments are formed by districts.

The departments are grouped in two geographic regions, separated by the Paraguay river:

  • Occidental (Western) region or Chaco, to the north of the Paraguay river (departments: Alto Paraguay, Boquerón and Presidente Hayes)
  • Oriental (Eastern) region, to the south of the Paraguay river (departments: Alto Paraná, Amambay, Caaguazú, Caazapá, Canindeyú, Central, Concepción, Cordillera, Guairá, Itapúa, Misiones, Paraguarí, San Pedro and Ñeembucú; the capital district is part of this region)
Departments of Paraguay
Code Department Capital Population[1]
(2012)
Area[1]
(km²)
Density
(Inh./km²)
Districts
PY-01 Concepción Concepción 189,929 18,051 10.5 8
PY-02 San Pedro San Pedro 360,094 20,002 19.9 20
PY-03 Cordillera Caacupé 282,981 4,948 57.2 20
PY-04 Guairá Villarrica 198,032 3,846 51.5 18
PY-05 Caaguazú Coronel Oviedo 483,048 11,474 42.1 21
PY-06 Caazapá Caazapá 151,415 9,496 15.9 10
PY-07 Itapúa Encarnación 545,924 16,525 33.0 30
PY-08 Misiones San Juan Bautista 118,798 9,556 12.4 10
PY-09 Paraguarí Paraguarí 239,633 8,705 27.5 17
PY-10 Alto Paraná Ciudad del Este 785,747 14,895 52.8 21
PY-11 Central Areguá 2,221,180 2,465 901.1 19
PY-12 Ñeembucú Pilar 84,123 12,147 6.9 16
PY-13 Amambay Pedro Juan Caballero 125,611 12,933 9.7 4
PY-14 Canindeyú Salto del Guairá 191,447 14,667 13.1 12
PY-15 Presidente Hayes Villa Hayes 106,826 72,907 1.5 8
PY-16 Alto Paraguay Fuerte Olimpo 11,151 82,349 0.1 4
PY-19 Boquerón Filadelfia 61,107 91,669 0.7 3
PY-ASU Distrito Capital Asunción 515,587 117 4,406.7 6
Regions
Oriental (Eastern) 6,493,547 159,827 40.6
Occidental (Western) or Chaco 179,084 246,925 0.7

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