"Nicaragua"

By Laiba Rashid

1) Location: Nicaragua is the largest Central American country with borders on the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean

2) Population: The population of Nicaragua is 6 258 000 in 2015.

3) Religion: Roman Catholicism remains the dominant religion. According to the latest census conducted in 2005 by the governmental Nicaraguan Institute of Statistics and Census, 58.5 percent of the population is Catholic and 21.6 percent is evangelical Protestant, including Assemblies of God, Pentecostal, Mennonite, and Baptist.

4) Graph: The chart shows by country of origin, where Nicaragua’s tourists are coming from. Residents of Honduras, the United States and El Salvador win first, second and third place as tourists to Nicaragua.

5) Currency: The currency used in Nicaragua is Nicaraguan gold Córdoba. There are banknotes for C$500, C$100, C$50, C$20, C$10. Also available but rarely used are 25¢, 10¢, 5¢, and 1¢ banknotes. Below are images of those banknotes.

6) Three Interesting facts!
- The myth exists throughout Nicaragua of The white Cadejo, a big, white dog that accompanies drunk men and people that walk late at night to their homes. The myth says that it is a good spirit because the white Cadejo accompanies the person to his or her home and then leaves. With the first rays of the sunrise the Cadejo walks to the horizon and disappears until the next night to help someone else.
- Nicaraguans believe you shouldn't bathe while you’re sweating (like after being outside when it’s hot or exercising) because it will make you sick.
- This country is one of the safest travel destinations in Central America, recording the lowest homicides in the region year after year.

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7) National Anthem of Nicaragua:
                                Salve a ti, Nicaragua (Original Spanish)
¡Salve a ti, Nicaragua! En tu suelo,
ya no ruge la voz del canon ,
ni se tiñe con sangre de hermanos
tu glorioso pendón bicolor.

Brille hermosa la paz en tu cielo,
nada empañe tu gloria inmortal,
¡que el trabajo es tu digno laurel
y el honor es tu enseña triunfal!

                                    Hail to thee (English translation)
Hail to thee, Nicaragua! On thy land
roars the voice of the cannon no more,
nor does the blood of brothers now stain
thy glorious bicolor banner.
Let us shine beautifully in thy sky,
and nothing dim thine immortal glory,
for work is thy well earned laurel
and honor is thy triumphal emblem!

8) Popular food eaten in Nicaragua:
Gallo Pinto: Most people in Nicaragua eat this almost daily and it is considered a national symbol. It is composed of a mixture of fried rice with onion and sweet pepper, red beans boiled with garlic. They are mixed and fried all together.

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