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Managua – the capital of Nicaragua, the main industrial, financial and educational center of the country. The city spreads out on the southwestern shore of Lake Managua. The name comes from the synthesis of two words: –mangue» – the name of the Indian tribes, who had occupied this area, and «agua» – water. Managua is located in a region that is relatively unstable. In its short history, Nicaragua has suffered three times (1885, 1931, and 1972) from earthquakes, once (in 1876) from flooding, and once (in 1936) from a major fire. In 1998, Hurricane Managua also wreaked havoc in Managua.

Managua is one of the youngest (younger than only Bellemopane in Belize) of the Central American capitals. It was founded in 1846. Before that, it was an Indian settlement. As early as 1855, Managua became the capital of Nicaragua. As the political center of the country, Managua was the center of revolutions, revolutions, revolutions, and national unrest. In particular, in 1979, the streets of Managua were the scene of a real war between the leftist insurgents of the SÔÎF and the Army of Dictator Somoza. The victory of the SFNL meant the victory of the Sandinista Revolution.

Managua is home to large industrial enterprises and scientific and educational institutions. Many people in the city are looking for work, but there are still many social and economic problems in the city, caused by the unstable political situation.

In the rage of the Riots, many of Managuas many structures disappeared in the turmoil of the Managua troubles. In 1972, the earthquake destroyed about 70\% of the citys structures. One of the lost ones was the National Theater, where the Dario National Theater, in addition to theatrical productions, hosts major concerts and exhibitions.

Most monuments are dedicated to national heroes, such as the mausoleum of Carlos Fonzosecki. Notable places in Managua include the Plazas de la Paz and Pope John Paul II, the New Cathedral, the Museo de Huguillas de Acacajuaca, the Santo Domingo Gallery, and the Metrocentro shopping mall. A popular form of recreation in Managua is camping on the lake shores, although the quality of the water does not meet international standards.

100 USD = 3,675.00 NIO

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 1,000,000 people
  • GDP: $2,151 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 115V60Hz
  • Internet: 7 Mbps
  • Best wireless: AT&T
  • Tipping: Locals do not usually tip. Finer restaurants might add gratuity/propina onto your bill (usually 10%). Always check your bill first. Sometimes there is an “IVA” tax on hotels and restaurants (15%) which is what legally everyone is supposed to pay/charge.
  • Apartment listings: Craigslist
  • Apartments: Airbnb
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  • Best coffee 24/7: HOTEL LOS ROBLES
  • Best coffee: El Coche Cafe
  • Best coworking space: Co-labora
  • Best hospital: Hospital Metropolitano
  • Monthly costs for expat: $700
  • Monthly costs for family: $1450
  • Monthly costs for local: $410
  • Meal: $3.5
  • Small Cola: $0.6
  • Beer 1 Pint: $1.8
  • Coffee: $1.2

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