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The vast majority of the population (95 percent) shares a Paraguayan identity, but several other cultural identities exist.
The indigenous population is composed of seventeen ethnic groups from five linguistic families.
The 1992 census counted only several thousand Korean and Chinese immigrants, but observers place their numbers between thirty thousand and fifty thousand.
Most observers estimate that between 300,000 and 350,000 Brazilians settled in eastern Paraguay in the 1960s and 1970s. The majority of the people speak an indigenous language, although they do not self-identify ethnically as indigenous.
Estimates place the indigenous population at less than 3 percent of the national population.
Approximately 95 percent of the population is mestizo.
The population is relatively young; 40 percent is under age 15, and only 5 percent is sixty or older.
Population figures for the ethnic populations are disputed.
The region so impressed early explorers that they called it a "second Eden." Temperatures are high in a humid subtropical climate in the summer months of October to March, while in the winter months of July to September night frosts may occur.
Rainfall occurs throughout the year but is usually heaviest between October and April; annual variations can be extreme.