Mostly mountains in interior, narrow coastal plains
Subtropical in lowlands, temperate in mountains
Population: 8,598,561 (July 2014 est.)
Languages: Spanish (official), Amerindian dialect
Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant 3%
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 accounting for 30% of GDP and remittances for another 20%.
At least two-thirds of the Honduran people live below the poverty line, about one-third have no access to health care, and about one-fifth of all young children are malnourished. The typical dwelling is a two-room adobe bungalow with a tiled roof. Poor peasants, however, live in one-room huts made of bamboo, sugarcane, and corn stalks, with dirt floors. Most poor peasants farm small, marginal plots of land, or they work for wages on larger farms.
Democratic constitutional republic
US Military Presence/Support