Guatemala is located in Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and bordering the Gulf of Honduras (Caribbean Sea) between Honduras and Belize.

Guatemala's culture is a unique product of Native American ways and a strong Spanish colonial heritage. About half of Guatemala's population is mestizo (known in Guatemala as ladino), people of mixed European and indigenous ancestry. Ladino culture is dominant in urban areas, and is heavily influenced by European and North American trends. But unlike many Latin American countries, Guatemala still has a large indigenous population, the Maya, that has retained a distinct identity and speak a Mayan language, follow traditional religious and village customs, and continue a rich tradition in textiles and other crafts.

Population (2014 est) – 14,647,083
Area – 67,670mi
Capital – Guatemala City

Ethnic Background  

  • European & Mestizo – 59%
  • K'iche – 9%
  • Kaqchikel - 8%
  • Mam – 8% 
  • Q'eqchi - 6% 
  • Other Mayan - 9%
  • Indigenous non-Mayan - <1%
  • Other - <1%

Exports - coffee, sugar, petroleum, apparel, bananas, fruits and vegetables, cardamom
Imports - fuels, machinery and transport equipment, construction materials, grain, fertilizers, electricity, mineral products, chemical products, plastic materials and products

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 70 years, F 74 years
Infant Mortality (2014 est) - 23.51 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate – 24.1%

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