Parana is the capital city of the Argentine province of Entre Rios, located on the eastern shore of the Parana River, opposite the city of Santa Fe, capital of the neighbouring Santa Fe Province. The city has a population of 237,968 (2001 census [INDEC]).
Parana is not only the head of the provincial government, but also an important river port for the transhipment of cereals, cattle, fish, and lumber from the surrounding region. The principal industries installed are the manufacture of cement, furniture, and ceramics. The centre of the city gathers colonial churches, European styles such as that of the 3 de Febrero Theatre or the Government House, the mixed styles of the city's Cathedral, and modern towers like those near the Parque Urquiza park.
The city is connected to the city of Santa Fe on the other side of the Entre Ríos by the Hernandarias Subfluvial Tunnel inaugurated in 1969. The General Justo José de Urquiza Airport (IATA PRA) at coordinates 31°47′07″S 60°28′09″W is 7.5 kilometres from the city, and services regular flights to Buenos Aires