Interesting Facts About Honduras

Last updated on April 22nd, 2017 at 06:56 am

The Beautiful Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

Honduras has one of the most complex and intricate biospheres in the world. The tropical forests contain some of the rarest plants, animals and birds in the world. The Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve in particular is a UNESCO heritage site and a must-visit even if you don’t like animals, plants, and birds! The site is also home to more than 2000 indigenous tribes that still follow their traditional lifestyle in the biosphere.

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Local Legends

For travelers interested in oral lore, Honduran folklore has some of the most interesting legends and stories. Myths about the Las Ciguapas or savage women with supernatural powers, El Sílbon or an omen of death, Los Duendes or infant ghosts who have a naughty intention, and La Llorona, a ghost who drowns children; are all popular oral culture that make for an interesting hearing.

Every country is unique and these are just a few interesting facts we’ve managed to find about Honduras. If you have something else you’d like to share, do write in to us and we will be happy to discuss them here.

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Honduras quick facts

Capital CityTegucigalpa
14°6′N 87°13′W
Largest CityTegucigalpa
14°6′N 87°13′W
Total area112,090 sq km
Population8,893,259 (2016)
Official LanguageSpanish
BordersGuatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, North Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea
CurrencyLempira (HNL)
ReligionRoman Catholic
Life expectancy71.1 years (2016)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Terrainmostly mountains in interior, narrow coastal plains
Natural resourcestimber, gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron ore, antimony, coal, fish, hydropower
Agricultural land28.8%
Birth rate23.14 births/1,000 population (2015 est.)
Death rate5.17 deaths/1,000 population (2015 est.)
Sex ratio1.01 male(s)/female (2015 est.)
Government typepresidential republic
Independence15 September 1821 (from Spain)
National symbolsscarlet macaw, white-tailed deer; national colors: blue, white
National anthem"Himno Nacional de Honduras" (National Anthem of Honduras)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$4,900 (2015 est.)
Industriessugar, coffee, woven and knit apparel, wood products, cigars
Exports$7.759 billion (2015 est.)
coffee, apparel, coffee, shrimp, automobile wire harnesses, cigars, bananas, gold, palm oil, fruit, lobster, lumber
Imports$10.9 billion (2015 est.)
communications equipment, machinery and transport, industrial raw materials, chemical products, fuels, foodstuffs
Internet country
Internet users1.781 million
percent of population: 20.4% (July 2015 est.)
Calling Code+504
Time ZoneCST (UTC−6)
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