Did you know? Nicaragua…

FlagHISTORY/GOVERNMENT

  • Official Name – Republic of Nicaragua
  • Settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century
  • Gained its independence in 1821
  • Capital City – Managua

Map of Nicaragua

GEOGRAPHY

  • Sandwiched between Honduras and Costa Rica
  • Located 11 degrees north of the equator
  • Boarders both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean
  • Largest country in Central America
  • Slightly smaller in size than New York
  • Known as ‘the land of lakes and volcanoes’
  • Susceptible to hurricanes and earthquakes
  • Major Threats – soil erosion, deforestation, water pollution
  • Geographic Regions – Pacific Lowlands, North-Central Mountains/Highlands, Atlantic Lowlands

ECONOMY

  • Poorest country in Central America
  • Second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere
  • GDP per capita – $1,851 (US – $53,143)
  • 42.5% below poverty line (2009)
  • Currency – Gold Cordoba

People

PEOPLE

  • Happy, satisfied, contented, family-oriented
  • Ethnicity – Mestizo (69%), White (17%), Black (9%), Amerindian(5%)
  • Population – 6 million
  • Official Language – Spanish
  • Other Languages – Sumo, Rama, Miskito, English Creole
  • Dominant Religion – Roman Catholic
  • Life Expectancy – 72 years
  • Median Age – 24 years

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OTHER

  • National Dish – Gallo pinto
  • Staple Food – Corn
  • Most Popular Sport – Baseball
  • Lake Nicaragua – largest in Central America, 2nd largest in Latin America, houses world’s only fresh water sharks
  • There are no street names, addresses are only reference points to major land marks
  • 147 Airports, 12 with paved runways

MISSION PICS

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one of my favorite pics I have taken in the mish. Got to love this country!

one of my favorite pics I have taken in the mish. Got to love this country!

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in a moto taxi in El Socorro

in a moto taxi in El Socorro

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playa gigante

playa gigante

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Our living room/garden. It is inside.

Our living room/garden. It is inside.

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Today we went to the museum with Elder and Sister B and an ice cream guy came up to photo bomb our pic. It was hilarious!

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