Imports$10.34 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$7.204 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)6.8% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate4.8% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$4,400 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate2.5% (2010 est.)
Internet users731,700 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular9.505 million (2009)
Population growth rate1.838% (2012 est.)
Population8,296,693 (July 2012 est.)
About this country
Once part of Spain's vast empire in the New World, Honduras became an independent nation in 1821.
After two and a 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 leftist guerrillas....
Honduras, the second poorest country in Central America, suffers from extraordinarily unequal distribution of income, as well as high underemployment.
While historically dependent on the export of bananas and coffee, Honduras has diversified its export base to include apparel and automobile wire harnessing.
Nearly half of Honduras's economic activity is directly tied to the US, with exports to the US equivalent to 30% of GDP and remittances for another 20%....
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