Honduras is located in Central America, between Guatemala and Nicaragua, bordered by the North Pacific Ocan and the Caribbean Sea.
The climate is subtropical in lowlands, and temperate in mountains. The terrain is mostly mountains in the interior, with narrow coastal plains.
The country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed about 5,600 people and caused approximately $2 billion in damage. Since then, the economy has slowly rebounded.
More than half of the population lives in poverty and per capita income is one of the lowest in the region. Poverty rates are higher among rural and indigenous people and in the south, west, and along the eastern border than in the north and central areas where most of Honduras’ industries and infrastructure are concentrated. Honduras suffers from extraordinarily unequal distribution of income, as well as high underemployment. Population growth and limited job prospects outside of agriculture will continue to drive emigration.
89% of the population 15 and over can read and write.
60% of the population lives in poverty.
40% of the population work in services, 39% work in agriculture, and 21% work in industry.