Independence Year : 1838
Population : 6406000
Life Expectancy : 69.9
Capital : 933
GNP : 5333.00
GNP Old : 4697.00
Local Name : Honduras
Government Form : Republic
Location : Central America/Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Nicaragua and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Terrain : Mountainous
Climate : Tropical to subtropical, depending on elevation.
Ethnic Group : 90% mestizo (mixed Amerindian and European); others of European, Arab, African, or Asian ancestry; and indigenous Indians 7%.
Religions : Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant minority.
Official Website : www.congreso.gob.hn
Genral Information - Honduras
Part of Spain's vast empire in the New World, Honduras became an independent nation in 1821. After two and one-half decades of mostly 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)