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  • Known as The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes, Nicaragua is the largest Central American country. It is home to the 10th largest fresh water lake in the world, Lake Nicaragua. Managua, the capital city is located on the lake bearing its name. 
  • Nicaragua is literally located in the heart of Central America, bordered to the north by Honduras, to the south Costa Rica, to the east Atlantic Ocean and to the west Pacific Ocean
  • Capital and Largest City: Managua
  • Current President: Daniel Ortega (elected 2006)
  • Government: Republic
  • Population: 5.5 million (estimation July 2006)
  • Safest country in Central America
  • Second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere (Haiti is the poorest)
  • Over 50% are under the age of 20
  • Infant mortality rate: 28.11 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Average annual per capita income: $473
  • 70% survive on less than US $2 per day
  • 42% of those on less than US $1 per day
  • 38% of the population is sick
  • 27% of the children have diarrhea

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El Castillo on the Rio San Juan

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