- Tegucigalpa; 1,007,000
- 112,492 square kilometers (43,433 square miles)
- Spanish, Amerindian dialects
- Roman Catholic
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $2,500
- Literacy Percent:
Honduras Facts Flag
Honduras, in Central America, is mountainous and forested—although widespread slash-and-burn subsistence farming is destroying many forests. The largely mestizo population speaks Spanish, with English common on the northern coast and Bay Islands. Maya ruins at Copán, which represent the wealth of the past in what today is one of the region's poorest nations, help diversify the economy with tourist revenue. Although agricultural products are plentiful, mostly bananas and coffee, they have failed to enliven the economy of this tenuous democracy. The 2003 U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement brings economic hope.
- Industry: Sugar, coffee, textiles, clothing
- Agriculture: Bananas, coffee, citrus; beef; timber; shrimp
- Exports: Coffee, bananas, shrimp, lobster, meat
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
Subscribe to Nat Geo Traveler
Available in print and for iPad®! See destinations come alive with 360-degree photos, videos, and more!