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Nicaragua Facts & Figures

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Map of Nicaragua

I figured it might be a good idea to learn a little bit about the country that I am living in. (most of the information is taken from the CIA World Factbook)  Nicaragua is a country in Central America sandwiched between Costa Rica to the South, and Honduras to the North.  It is slightly smaller than New York State.  Although it is tiny compared to other countries, it is actually the largest country in Central America (compared to Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Guatamala, and Belize).  It contains the largest fresh water lake in Central America – Lago de Nicaragua.

It is a majority Roman Catholic country, with 97.5% of the population speaking Spanish.  It ranks 146th out of 186 countries in percentage of GCP spent on education.  (3.1% in 2003).  **Surpisingly, Canada is #75 on the list at 4.1% as per 2007 figures.  Needless to say, I will have some more experience in the weeks, and months to come on the state of the education system in Nicaragua.

Other facts about Nicaragua found from around the world wide web:

  • The Nicaragua baseball team won fourth place during the Olympics Games 1996 held in Atlanta,USA.
  • Gallo pinto is Nicaragua’s national dish (rice and beans)
  • Since Nicaragua has two coasts on two different sides you are able to swim in the Atlantic in the morning and take a dip in the pacific in the evening.
  • Nicaragua is larger then Ireland and Portugal put together.
  • The regional currency of Nicaragua is the Cordoba named after the Spanish conquistador Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba
  • Nicaragua also has a special dual Volcano. It is the second largest lake island in the world made up uniquely of 2 volcanoes.
  • The estimated population of Nicaragua is 5.5 million people.  36% of the population is under the age of 14, and the median age is 21 years old.  Literacy rate is 70% and life expectancy is approximately 70 years of age.
  • Managua, a is the largest city with a population of 1 million people.  is the second largest city in with an estimated population of 160,000 people.  Granada , Chinandega, and Masaya  each have a population of approximately 95,000 people.
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