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Population: 14,647,083 (2014), 14,373,472 (2013)
Land Area: 108,890 sq km
Natural Resources: Petroleum, nickel, rare woods, fish, chicle, hydropower
Capital: Guatemala
Political System: Constitutional Democratic Republic
State Leader: Otto Fernando Perez Molina (January 14th 2012)
Languages: Spanish, Amerindian languages (23 recognized)
Currency: Quetzal (GTQ)
Major Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Indigenous Mayan Beliefs
Major Ethnicities: Mestizo 59.4%, K'iche 9.1%, Kaqchikel 8.4%, Mam 7.9%, Q'ecchi 6.3%, Other Mayan 8.6%, Indigenous non-Mayan 0.2%, Other 0.1%
Life Expectancy: 71.74 years (2014), 71.46 years (2013)


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 53.9 billion (2013), 49.88 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 81.51 billion (2013), 79.97 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 5,300 (2013), 5,300 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 3.3% (2013), 3% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 13.5%, Industry 23.8%, Services 62.7% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 38%, Industry 14%, Services 48% (2011)
Industries: Sugar. textiles and clothing, furniture, chemicals, petroleum, metals, rubber, tourism
Agriculture Products: Sugarcane, corn, bananas, coffee, beans, cardamom; cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens
Human Development Index: 0.628 (125th)(2014), 0.581 (133rd)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 806 million (2004)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (2011)

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Army Size: 29 200 (2004)
Budget: 0.4% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation


Guatemala is located in Central America. Guatemala is bordered by Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico. Guatemala is currently very stable following a civil war that ended in 1996. Guatemala enjoys a decent growth rate, however most of Guatemala's foreign income comes from migrant workers who left the country and are now working abroad, and then send some money back to their families in Guatemala.

(2014) Guatemala's economy continues to grow at a respectable growth rate above 3%, however poverty remains rampant and it remains to be seen what the government will do to reduce inequality.

Thoughts & Comments



CIA World Factbook: Guatemala
The Economist: The World In 2014
Wikipedia: Guatemala

Updated on: September 10th, 2014