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Official Name: Republic of Guatemala

Capital: Guatemala City

People: White and white-Amerindian 59.4 percent, Amerindian 40.5 percent, other 0.1 percent

Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs

Population: 13.6 million (as of July 2010)

Language: Spanish 60 percent, Amerindian languages 40 percent

Government: Republic. President √Ālvaro Colom was elected January 14, 2008.

Economic Facts: Unemployment is 3.2 percent, 56.2 percent of the population is below the poverty line.

Agriculture: sugarcane, corn, bananas, coffee, beans, cardamom, farm animals

Main Industries: sugar, textiles and clothing, furniture, chemicals, petroleum, metals, rubber, tourism

Main exports: coffee, sugar, petroleum, apparel, bananas, fruits and vegetables, cardamom

Departments: 22 departments: Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Chiquimula, Petén, El Progreso, El Quiché, Escuintla, Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Izabal, Jalapa, Jutiapa, Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu, Sacatepéquez, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Sololá, Suchitepéquez, Totonicapán, Zacapa

Time: UTC-6 (1 hour behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Electricity: 120 Volts at 60 Hertz. Outlets generally accept two-prong plugs

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Guatemala: Social And Environmental Issues In Guatemala, Indigenous Languages In Guatemala and Guatemala Facts.








10 Jun 2010






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