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Ciudad del Este
District and City
Ciudad del Este cathedral
Ciudad del Este Cathedral
Flag of Ciudad del Este
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Coat of arms of Ciudad del Este
Coat of arms
Country Paraguay
Department Alto Paraná
Founded 3 February 1957
Area
 • Total 151.04 km2 (58.32 sq mi)
Elevation 185 m (607 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total 290,912
 • Density 1,926.06/km2 (4,988.47/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Esteño
(female, esteña)
Time zone AST (UTC-04)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-03)
Postal code 7000
Area code(s) (595) (61)
Climate Humid subtropical (Cfa)

Ciudad del Este (Spanish for City of the East) is the second largest city in Paraguay and capital of the Alto Paraná Department, situated on the Paraná River.

History

Founded in 1957, it was originally called Puerto Flor de Lis, then Puerto Presidente Stroessner, after Alfredo Stroessner. In 1989, its name was changed to the present one.

Geography

Ciudad del Este is in southeastern Paraguay, in the Oriental region. The district has an area of 151.04 km2 (58 sq mi) and an estimated population in 2015 of 290,912 for a population density of 1,926.1 inhabitants/km2.

Ciudad del Este is in front of the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguaçu (state of Paraná), separated from it by Paraná River and linked by the "Friendship Bridge". The Argentine border is between the neighbouring town of Presidente Franco and Puerto Iguazú (Misiones Province). Ciudad del Este, along with the towns and districts of Hernandarias, Minga Guazú and Presidente Franco, forms an area named Gran Ciudad del Este ("Greater Ciudad del Este").

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