Quick Facts

  • Population 8.2 million, capital is Tegucigalpa with 1 million people.
  • 2nd poorest country in Central America with 65% living below poverty line.
  • Sub-Tropical and temporate climate.
  • Language is primarily Spanish with regional Amerindian dialects.
  • 97% of country is Roman Catholic.
  • 83% of population is literate. (high)
  • 49 international governmental organizations working in country and numerous NGO’s.
  • Economic growth is slow, causing the IMF to consider the country “Heavily indebted poor”
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Democratic Constitutional Republic.  Following Coup d’etat in 2009.  Chief of state and government is President Porfiro LOBO Sosa. Honduras is a major shipping point for narcotics, so extensive corruption is prevalent throughout military and government.

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality 110 per 100,000.  Birth rate of 3.09 children per woman.
  • Infant mortality 20.44 per 1,000 births.
  • LIfe expectancy is 69 yrs for men, and 72 yrs for women.
  • Physician density is 0.57 per 1,000 people.
  • Hospital bed density is 0.8 per 1,000 people.
  • HIV rate is 2.2% with 39,000 currently infected.
  • Prevalent diseases include bacterial diarrhea, Maleria, Typhoid, Hepatitis, Dengue fever, and water borne diseases like Leptospirosis.
  • Age structure: 0-14 is 36%, 15-64 is 60%, and over 65 is 4%.
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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