Asuncion is the capital and largest city of Paraguay. Asuncion is the home of the national government, principal port, and the chief industrial and cultural centre of the country. Local manufacturing production includes footwear, textiles, and tobacco products. Paraguay is in Central South America, northeast of Argentina. The climate is subtropical to temperate with substantial rainfall in the eastern portions, becoming semi arid in the far west. The official languages are Guaraní and Spanish. English is spoken in business circles but some knowledge of Spanish will be appreciated as the latter is the common language in most private and public offices. The main religion is Christianity. Paraguay has a market economy characterized by a large informal sector. Agriculture dominates the economy, but unequal land distribution has resulted in a large class of peasant farm labourers. A large portion of the population is uninvolved in the formal economy, instead existing as subsistence farmers. Paraguayans are almost always friendly and courteous to expatriates. Expatriate business dress is typically a suits for both men and women. The security risk for expatriates in Paraguay is low, but medium in the border areas. Risks include petty crime (in tourist areas), armed robbery, car theft, assault, rape, home invasion, and kidnapping. The currency of Paraguay is the Paraguay Guarani (PYG). ATMs are available. Travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted. Private medical facilities are generally good in the major cities, but elsewhere may not meet acceptable international standards. Up front payment is often required for treatment. Cases of Zika virus have been reported. There are regular outbreaks of dengue fever. The population of Asuncion is 2.3 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 4.7% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Asuncion, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Asuncion as at 1 April 2016 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very Low 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Low Asuncion is for example -8% cheaper than Lisbon for groceries, 26.3% more expensive for household costs than Puerto Rico, and -20.9% cheaper for transport costs than San Juan. The hardship premium for Asuncion for an expat from Samara, is for example -10%, i.e. host location (Asuncion) premium of 20% minus home (Samara) location premium of 30%. Asuncion is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Asuncion? Register subscribe to your home location and Asuncion and run your personalised reports.