The amount of people entering and leaving Nicaragua grew by almost 4.1% in 2017 when compared to the 2016 figures. Of the 5.08 million people who entered and left Nicaragua in 2017, 69% were foreigners according to statistics maintained by the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration (GDME or more commonly; Migración). In 2016 it was 4.88 million.
Back to School
First day of classes for the 2018 school year will be Monday February 5th. Teachers will be back one week earlier; on Monday January 29th. The announcement was made by the Vice President, Rosario Murillo. There will be a break between semesters (from the 1st to the 15th of July) and the 2018 school year will end on Thursday November 29th. Last year, more than 1.5 million students were enrolled in the school system.
On the Roads
There were more road accidents in Nicaragua last year (2017) than in 2016 yet fewer injury and fatal accidents. However; 784 lives were lost (nine less than 2016), according to a National Police Annual Report, although injuries were down 25% (3,564 in 2017 compared to 4,783 in 2016). Drunk driving (and riding) as well as speeding continue to be the cause of most fatal accidents. 2017 ended with 43,879 traffic accidents (5.5% more than in 2016 when 41,589 were recorded). This would mean that, on average, during each day of 2017 there were 120 traffic accidents, while in 2016 that average was almost 114.
Port of Corinto – Revenues Up
On Friday the 5th of January 2017, The Port Authority of Nicaragua (Empresa Portuaria Nacional – EPN) opened the two new parking areas (Icaco I and Icaco II) at the Port of Corinto. The new facilities are designed to relieve the congestion of cargo transport parking. Cargo shipments continue to increase and generate more income for the EPN. In 2017, Puerto Corinto (the number one port in Nicaragua) generated a little more than US $ 8.1 million, largely due to the increase in vessels using the port. EPN had projected that 550 merchant ships, however the actual was 603. In the absence of a comparable port on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua, Corinto continues to be the only port that can handle such large quantities of merchandise.