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Comprehensive information about Honduras. Here you will find comprehensive information about Honduras, including in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history. Access to newspapers from Honduras, and extensive travel and tourism information for the country.

Republic of Honduras

República de Honduras

Country Profile

Flag of HondurasBackground: Part of Spain’s vast empire in the New World, Honduras became an independent nation in 1821. After two and one-half decades of military rule, a freely elected civilian government came to power in 1982. During the 1980s, Honduras proved a haven for anti-Sandinista contras fighting the Marxist Nicaraguan Government and an ally to Salvadoran Government forces fighting against leftist guerrillas. The country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed about 5,600 people and caused almost $1 billion in damage. (Source: CIA – The World Factbook) border countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua
honduras-location Official Name: República de Honduras
Short form: Honduras
International long form: Republic of Honduras
ISO Country Code: hn
Local Time = UTC -6h
Country Calling Code: +504
Capital City: Tegucigalpa (pop. 850 000); metropolitan area 1.2 million.
Other Cities: 
San Pedro Sula
 the industrial capital of Honduras, (pop. 500 000); metropolitan area over 1 million.
Government: Type: Democratic constitutional republic.Independence: 15 September 1821 (from Spain) Constitution: 1982.
Geography: Location: Central America/Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Nicaragua and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Nicaragua. Area: 112,492 km² (43,433 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Mountainous.
Climate: Tropical to subtropical, depending on elevation.
People: Nationality: Honduran(s) Population: 8.4 million (2012) Ethnic groups: 90% mestizo (mixed Amerindian and European); others of European, Arab, African, or Asian ancestry; and indigenous Indians 7%. Religions: Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant minority. Languages: Spanish, Amerindian dialects. Literacy: 72%.
Natural resources: Timber, gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron ore, antimony, coal, fish, hydropower.
Agriculture-products: Bananas, coffee, citrus; beef; timber; shrimp.
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Honduras Statistics Honduras Key Statistical Data.
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Official Sites of Honduras

Congreso Nacional de la República de Honduras Honduras National Congress of the Republic of Honduras (Spanish) Statistics Instituto Nacional de Estadística National Statistical Office of Honduras. Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores Secretary of Foreign Relations (Spanish) Diplomatic Missions Embassy of Honduras in the U.S. Washington D.C. Maps pfeil_r Map of Honduras Map of Honduras. pfeil_r Tegucigalpa Map Map of the Capital of Hondurasgoogle_earth Google Earth Honduras Searchable msp/satellite view of Honduras.google_earth Google Earth Tegucigalpa Searchable msp/satellite view of Honduras’ capital city.pfeil_r Map of Central America and the Caribbean Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean.

Departments of Honduras

Department Department capital Population (2001) Area (km2)
1. Atlántida La Ceiba 344,099 4,251
2. Choluteca Choluteca 390,805 4,211
3. Colón Trujillo 246,708 8,875
4. Comayagua Comayagua 352,881 5,196
5. Copán Santa Rosa de Copán 288,766 3,203
6. Cortés San Pedro Sula 1,202,510 3,954
7. El Paraíso Yuscarán 350,054 7,218
8. Francisco Morazán Tegucigalpa 1,180,676 7,946
9. Gracias a Dios Puerto Lempira 67,384 16,630
10. Intibucá La Esperanza 179,862 3,072
11. Islas de la Bahía Roatán 38,073 261
12. La Paz La Paz 156,560 2,331
13. Lempira Gracias 250,067 4,290
14. Ocotepeque Nueva Ocotepeque 108,029 1,680
15. Olancho Juticalpa 419,561 24,351
16. Santa Bárbara Santa Bárbara 342,054 5,115
17. Valle Nacaome 151,841 1,565
18. Yoro Yoro 465,414 7,939


Honduras Newspapers
Honduras News in Spanish
Spanish Newspapers in Honduras
Periodicos de Honduras

Arts & Culture

Anibal Cruz Site with paintings of Anibal Cruz.
Butterfly Museum La Ceiba Butterfly and Insect Museum, a collection of over 9000 butterflies, moths and other insects from Honduras and around the world.
Garifuna (Black Caribs) Garifuna.com Site about the Garifuna Community of Honduras.

Business & Economy

Banco Central de Honduras Central Bank Honduras.Bolsa Centroamericana de Valores Honduras Stock Exchange.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Cortes
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tegucigalpa Honduras Products
Honduras Coffee Company Copan Trade Gourmet Coffee Roasts and Blends.

Honduras – Country Guides

Honduras Tourism – Honduras Tourism
Honduras Travel – Honduras Travel
Honduras Travel Tips –  Honduras Travel Tips
Honduras Travel Reviews – Honduras Travel Reviews
Copan – About the town of Copán Ruinas
Copan Ruins – The Archaeological park of the Mayan Indians in Copan Ruinas Roatan – Visitors Guide to the island of Roatan – Hotels, Diving, Real Estate and more.


Top Destinations
Amapala Cayos Cochinos Choluteca Comayagua Copan Gracias Guanaja La Ceiba La Esperanza Lake Yojoa La Moskitia Ocotepeque Olancho Omoa Puerto Cortes Roatan San Lorenzo Santa Barbara Santa Rosa de Copan Siguatepeque San Pedro Sula Tegucigalpa Tela Trujillo Utila Valle de Angeles


Universidad Catolica de Honduras Cathiolic education since 1992.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras Main university of Honduras founded in 1847.
Universidad Jose Cecilio del Valle Founded in 1978.


Fucahua – National Parks of Trujillo The non-profit foundation is working locally to protect both national parks, the site provides also information on both National Parks in the Trujillo region. (Parque Nacional Capiro Calentura and Reserva de Vida Silvestre Laguna Guaimoreto).


pfeil_r History of Honduras – Honduras history


Honduras Info Honduras InformationHonduras Internet Directory Honduran Website Index
Honduras Resources Honduras Website Index
Honduras Links Honduras links
Newsgroup of Honduras soc.culture.honduras

Additional Information on Honduras

Honduras Information by Topics Open Directory Project: Honduras Wikipedia: Honduras The World Factbook — Honduras

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