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Here are some interesting facts about Honduras - Category: Introduction - Background: Once part of Spain's vast empire in the New World, Honduras became an independent nation in 1821. After two and a half decades of mostly military rule, a freely elected civilian government came to power in 1982. During the 1980s, Honduras proved a haven for anti-Sandinista contras fighting the Marxist Nicaraguan Government and an ally to Salvadoran Government forces fighting leftist guerrillas. The country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed about 5,600 people and caused approximately billion in damage.

Category: Government - Capital: name: Tegucigalpa; geographic coordinates: 14 06 N, 87 13 W; time difference: UTC-6 (1 hour behind Washington, DC during Standard Time); daylight saving time: +1hr, begins second Sunday in March; ends first Sunday in November

Category: People - Population: 7,639,327; note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2008 estimate)

Category: Economy - Natural gas - proved reserves (cu m): 0 cu m (1 January 2006 estimate)

Category: Geography - Land use (%): arable land: 9.53%; permanent crops: 3.21%; other: 87.26% (2005)

Category: Transportation - Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 100; 1,524 to 2,437 m: 2; 914 to 1,523 m: 15; under 914 m: 83 (2007)

Category: Communications - Telephone system: general assessment: inadequate system; domestic: beginning in 2003, private sub-operators allowed to provide fixed-lines in order to expand telephone coverage; fixed-line teledensity has increased to about 10 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular telephone service has been increasing rapidly and subscribership in 2006 exceeded 30 per 100 persons; international: country code - 504; landing point for both the Americas Region Caribbean Ring System (ARCOS-1) and the MAYA-1 fiber optic submarine cable system that together provide connectivity to South and Central America, parts of the Caribbean, and the US; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean); connected to Central American Microwave System

Category: Military - Military service age and obligation (years of age): 18 years of age for voluntary 2 to 3-year military service (2004)

Category: Transnational Issues - Illicit drugs: transshipment point for drugs and narcotics; illicit producer of cannabis, cultivated on small plots and used principally for local consumption; corruption is a major problem; some money-laundering activity

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  1. Economy - Natural gas - production (cu m): 0 cu m (2007 estimate)

  2. Economy - Electricity - consumption (kWh): 4.233 billion kWh (2006 estimate)

  3. Geography - Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands; signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2028.html