The expat community in Paraguay’s capital is not extensive, and yet those who do choose to move to Asunción find that the people are friendly and welcoming toward foreigners.
Paraguay was originally inhabited by the indigenous Guarani Indian population, until the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. Asunción was established by the conquistadors in 1537, and was given its name, meaning assumption, because the construction of the fort was completed on Assumption Day. It became a strategic location for the Spanish colonialists at this time and retained its importance until the early 17th century. Paraguay remained under Spanish control until it gained its independence in 1811. Today, parts of the city’s architecture tell of its colonial past, for example some of the main government offices in the center are housed in old style buildings.
Just over half a million people live in Asunción. The population of the capital is young, with around two-thirds under 30 years of age. There are small communities with roots in several countries, including Germany, Italy, Brazil and Argentina.
Paraguay has two official languages. The primary language of business and education is Spanish, but when you move to Asunción you will also hear Guarani widely spoken by the local citizens. Many people living in Asunción do not speak English, so it is well worth learning Spanish and even some Guarani before moving to the city. The local currency is also called Guarani.
Asunción has a subtropical climate. The rainy season lasts from October to April, and during this time around one-third of the days have some rainfall. In January, average temperatures peak at around 28°C, while July is the coolest month, with temperatures dropping to an average of 18°C. Snow is rare as temperatures rarely fall below zero. The heat in the warmest months can be challenging, particularly for foreigners who are used to a cooler climate, but fortunately most public buildings and good quality housing have air conditioning.
The cost of living in Asunción is very low, so foreign nationals will find accommodation very affordable in the city. There is a wide range of good quality property available, so whether you are looking for a modern apartment or a large family home, you will be able to find somewhere suitable to rent. If you are looking for a place to live in Asunción while you are still residing in another country, the most straightforward way is to search on real estate websites.
Foreign nationals moving to Asunción usually choose to live in neighborhoods such as Villa Morra, Herrera, Los Laureles and Manora. The area of Carmelitas is also popular with expats as there are shopping malls and entertainment complexes in this district.