Guatemala

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Republic of Guatemala
República de Guatemala  (Spanish)
Flag of Guatemala
Flag
Coat of arms of Guatemala
Coat of arms
Motto: "País de la Eterna Primavera"
"Land of the Eternal Spring"[1]
Anthem: Himno Nacional de Guatemala
National anthem of Guatemala
Location of Guatemala
Capital
and largest city
Guatemala City
Official languages Spanish
Demonym Guatemalan
Government Unitary presidential Constitutional republic
Jimmy Morales
Jafeth Cabrera
Independence
• from Spain
September 15, 1821
Area
• Total
108,889 km2 (42,042 sq mi) (107th)
• Water (%)
0.4
Population
• July 2011 estimate
13,824,463 (69th)
• July 2007 census
12,728,111
• Density
129/km2 (334.1/sq mi) (85th)
GDP (PPP) 2011 estimate
• Total
$73.022 billion[2]
• Per capita
$4,965[2]
GDP (nominal) 2011 estimate
• Total
$46.383 billion[2]
• Per capita
$3,154[2]
Gini (2007) 55.1
high
HDI (2011) Steady 0.574[3]
medium · 131st
Currency Quetzal (GTQ)
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
Drives on the right
Calling code +502
ISO 3166 code GT
Internet TLD .gt

Guatemala is a country in Central America. It is known for its mixed culture, a product of both Mayan and Spanish cultures, from the colonial period. Guatemala is known for its ever-changing weather, a product of the mountain range which crosses the center of the country. Guatemala has many languages, a total of 23. Because of its natural beauty, it is a popular tourist destination.

The capital of Guatemala is Guatemala City. The country suffers from extreme poverty, corruption, drug traffication, and discrimination.

Guatemala is the world's largest producer and exporter of cardamom.[4]

Population[change | change source]

It is the country with the largest population in Central America. Its neighbors are the countries Belize, Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras. More than fourteen million people live in the 22 Guatemalan departments. Most of the population is made up of mestizo (mixed race) people, who are a combination of Native and European people. The population of the Mestizo people make up 42% of the population. The native Mayan people make up for 39% of the total population, while 20% are direct descendants of Spanish and German people.

History[change | change source]

Most people believe that Guatemala City was the first choice, but the capital was moved several times. This was caused by the natural disasters. The first city was destroyed when the volcano Volcan de Agua erupted, forcing the move to what today is called Antigua Guatemala. This was destroyed by earthquakes. Finally, the capital was moved to what we know as Guatemala City.

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References[change | change source]

  1. Aguirre, Lily (1949). The land of eternal spring: Guatemala, my beautiful country. Patio Press. p. 253. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Guatemala". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  3. "Human Development Report 2011" (PDF). United Nations. 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  4. Cardamom and Guatemala