Ciudad del Este

Ciudad del Este (Spainyie for Ceety o the East) is the seicont lairgest ceety in Paraguay an caipital o Alto Paraná Depairtment, locatit at the Rio Paraná.

Ciudad del Este
Ceety
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Coordinates: 25°31′00″S 54°37′00″W / 25.51667°S 54.61667°W / -25.51667; -54.61667
Kintra Paraguay
DepairtmentAlto Parana
Foondit3 Februar 1957
Govrenment
 • Intendente MunicipalSandra Mac Leod de Zacarias
Area
 • Total104 km2 (40 sq mi)
Population
 (2008)
 • Total320,782
 • Density3,100/km2 (8,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-04 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-03 (ADT)
Postal code
7000
Area code(s)(595) (61)
WebsiteOffeecial wabsteid

Foondit in 1957, it wis oreeginally cawed Puerto Flor de Lis (Port Fleurdelis), then till 1989 Puerto Presidente Stroessner (Port Preses Stroessner), efter Alfredo Stroessner. It is pairt o a triangle kent as the Triple Frontera (Triple border), or Tríplice Fronteira in Portuguese. It is linked tae the Brazilian ceety o Foz do Iguaçu bi the Friendship Bridge; Puente de la Amistad in Spainyie, Ponte da Amizade in Portuguese. The ceety is the seat o the Roman Catholic Diocese o Ciudad del Este.

PopulationEedit

Sizeable Immigrant PopulationEedit

The ceety haes a lairge Asian-born population, specifically Taiwanese, Koreans, Arabs an Iranians, evident in the ceety's mosque an pagodas. The Taiwanese govrenment peyed for the construction o the ceety's toun hall in exchange for Paraguayan support in the Unitit Naitions, hence the Taiwanese banner that flies on the buildin.

EconomyEedit

Ciudad del Este generates aboot 60% o Paraguay's GDP. It is the third lairgest free-tax commerce zone in the warld, efter Miami an Hong Kong, an — thegither wi Foz do Iguaçu — it is the heidquarters o the company that operates the nearbi Itaipu dam. The ceety's economy (an Paraguay's economy as well) relies heavily on the mood o the Brazilian economy, as 95% o Paraguay's share o the energy generatit bi the Itaipu Dam is sauld tae Brazil (for US$300 million), an that ivery day mony Brazilians cross the mairch tae buy less-expensive products[1] (US$1.2 billion, makstly electronics). Smugglin is a major occupation in the ceety, wi some estimates puttin the value o this black mercat at five times the naitional economy. Indeed, evidence indicates that some o the revenue generatit bi smugglin mey support criminal organisations based ootside the region, includin terrorist organisations.[2][3]

TransportationEedit

Guarani Internaitional Airport, locatit in the suburb ceety o Minga Guazú, connects the ceety wi ither Sooth American destinations.

 
Skyline view an the Friendship Bridge

ReferencesEedit

  1. In Paraguay Border Town, Almost Anything Goes By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO, March 15, 1998]
  2. "Terrorist Threat in the Tri-Border Area: Myth or Reality?".
  3. "Hezbollah builds a Western base".

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