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Honduras - Introduction 1989
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Background: Part of Spain's vast empire in the New World Honduras became as 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.

Honduras - Geography 1989
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Geographic coordinates

Map reference


Land boundaries:
1,520 km total
Guatemala 256 km, El Salvador 342 km, Nicaragua 922 km

Coastline: 820 km

Maritime claims
Contiguous zone: 24 nm
Continental shelf: 200 meters or to depth of exploitation
Extended economic zone: 200 nm
Territorial sea: 12 nm

Climate: subtropical in lowlands, temperate in mountains

Terrain: mostly mountains in interior, narrow coastal plains


Natural resources: timber, gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron ore, antimony, coal, fish
Land use

Land use: 14% arable land; 2% permanent crops; 30% meadows and pastures; 34% forest and woodland; 20% other; includes 1% irrigated

Irrigated land

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards


Honduras - People 1989
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Population: 5,103,772 (July 1989), growth rate 3.1% (1989)

Nationality: noun - Honduran(s; adjective - Honduran

Ethnic groups: 90% mestizo (mixed Indian and European), 7% Indian, 2% black, 1% white

Languages: Spanish, Indian dialects

Religions: about 97% Roman Catholic; small Protestant minority

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate

Birth rate: 38 births/1000 population (1989)

Death rate: 7 deaths/1000 population (1989)

Net migration rate: NEGL migrants/1000 population (1989)

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: subject to frequent, but generally mild, earthquakes; damaging hurricanes along Caribbean coast; deforestation; soil erosion

Air pollutants

Sex ratio

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: 64 deaths/1000 live births (1989)

Life expectancy at birth: 63 years male, 67 years female (1989)

Total fertility rate: 5.0 children born/woman (1989)

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access


Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Literacy: 56%

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Honduras - Government 1989
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Country name: conventional long form: Republic of Honduras

Government type: republic

Capital: Tegucigalpa

Administrative divisions: 18 departments (departamentos, singular - departamento; Atlantida, Choluteca, Colon, Comayagua, Copan, Cortes, El Paraiso, Francisco Morazan, Gracias a Dios, Intibuca, Islas de la Bahia, La Paz, Lempira, Ocotepeque, Olancho, Santa Barbara, Valle, Yoro

Dependent areas

Independence: 15 September 1821 (from Spain)

National holiday: Independence Day, 15 September (1821)

Constitution: 11 January 1982, effective 20 January 1982

Legal system: rooted in Roman and Spanish civil law; some influence of English common law; the nine Supreme Court justices are appointed by Congress; accepts ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

International law organization participation


Suffrage: universal and compulsory over age 18

Executive branch: Chief of State and Head of Government - President Jose Simeon AZCONA Del Hoyo (since 27 January 1986)

Legislative branch: Constitution provides for elected president, unicameral legislature (134-member National Congress), and national judicial branch

Judicial branch

Political parties and leaders

International organization participation: CACM, FAO, G-77, IADB, IBRD, ICAO, ICO, IDA, IDB - Inter-American Development Bank, IFAD, IFC, ILO, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, ISO, ITU, OAS, PAHO, SELA, UN, UNESCO, UPEB, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WMO

Diplomatic representation
In the us: Ambassador Jorge Ramon HERNANDEZ Alcerro; Chancery at Suite 100, 4,301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20,008; telephone (202) 966-7,700 through 7,702; there are Honduran Consulates General in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco, and Consulates in Baton Rouge, Boston, Detroit, Houston, and Jacksonville; US - Ambassador Everett Ellis BRIGGS; Embassy at Avenido La Paz, Tegucigalpa (mailing address is APO Miami 34,022; telephone Õ504å 32-3,120

Flag descriptionflag of Honduras: three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), white, and blue with five blue five-pointed stars arranged in an X pattern centered in the white band; the stars represent the members of the former Federal Republic of Central America - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua; similar to the flag of El Salvador which features a round emblem encircled by the words REPUBLICA DE EL SALVADOR EN LA AMERICA CENTRAL centered in the white band; also similar to the flag of Nicaragua which features a triangle encircled by the words REPUBLICA DE NICARAGUA on top and AMERICA CENTRAL on the bottom, centered in the white band

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Honduras - Economy 1989
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Economy overview: Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Agriculture is the most important sector of the economy, accounting for 25% of GDP, employing 60% of the labor force, and producing two-thirds of exports. Productivity remains low, however, leaving considerable room for improvement. Although industry is still in its early stages, it employs nearly 15% of the labor force, accounts for 23% of GDP, and generates 20% of exports. The service sectors, including public administration, account for 48% of GDP and employ nearly 20% of the labor force. Basic problems facing the economy include a high population growth rate, a high unemployment rate, a lack of basic services, a large and inefficient public sector, and an export sector dependent mostly on coffee and bananas, which are subject to sharp price fluctuations.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products: bananas, coffee, corn, beans, sugarcane, rice, tobacco

Industries: agricultural processing (sugar and coffee), textiles, clothing, wood products

Industrial production growth rate: 5% (1988)

Labor force:
1,300,000; 62% agriculture, 20%
services, 9% manufacturing, 3% construction, 6% other (1985)

Labor force

Unemployment rate: 12-15% unemployed, 30-40% underemployed (1989)

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index

Budget: revenues $750 million; expenditures $1.1 billion, including capital expenditures of $NA (1989 est.)

Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year: calendar year

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance

Exports: $869 million (f.o.b., 1988 est.)
Commodities: bananas, coffee, shrimp, lobster, minerals, lumber
Partners: US 52%, FRG 11%, Japan, Italy, Belgium

Imports: $933 million (c.i.f. 1988 est.)
Commodities: machinery and transport equipment, chemical products, manufactured goods, fuel and oil, foodstuffs
Partners: US 39%, Japan 9%, CACM, Venezuela, Mexico

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: $3.4 billion (December 1988)

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: lempiras (L) per US$1 - 2.00 (fixed rate; 3.50 parallel exchange and black-market rate (April 1989)

Honduras - Energy 1989
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Electricity access

Electricity production

Electricity consumption

Electricity exports

Electricity imports

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Honduras - Communication 1989
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular

Telephone system

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Honduras - Military 1989
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Military expenditures
Dollar figure: $126 million, 16.8% of central government budget (1989)

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Honduras - Transportation 1989
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 182 total, 141 usable; 8 with permanent-surface runways; 4 with runways 2,440-3,659 m; 11 with runways 1,220-2,439 m

Airports with paved runways

Airports with unpaved runways





Waterways: 465 km navigable by small craft

Merchant marine: 141 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 409,965 GRT/616,647 DWT; includes 2 passenger-cargo, 86 cargo, 12 refrigerated cargo, 6 container, 3 roll-on/roll-off cargo, 17 petroleum, oils, and lubricants (POL) tanker, 1 specialized tanker, 1 vehicle carrier, 12 bulk

Ports and terminals

Honduras - Transnational issues 1989
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Disputes international: several sections of the boundary with El Salvador are in dispute

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs

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