Guatemala – GENERAL INFORMATION – Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

Full name:  Republic of   Guatemala

Nationality 
        noun: Guatemalan(s) 

        adjective: Guatemalan

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Area
        total: 108,890 sq km         water: 460 sq km         land: 108,430 sq km

Population: 14,655,189 (July 2005 est.)

Ethnic groups 

        Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish or assimilated Amerindian – in local Spanish called Ladino) approximately 55%        Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian        approximately 43%        whites and others 2%

Capital:  Guatemala   ( 1 170 000) 

Largest Cities

         Puerto  Barrios – 40,000          Zacapa

Official Language

        Spanish 60%        Amerindian languages 40% (23 officially recognized Amerindian languages, including Quiche, Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Garifuna, and Xinca)

Religion
        Roman Catholic

        Protestant        indigenous Mayan beliefs  

Political system:  presidential/parliamentary democracy

GDP:  purchasing power parity – $59.47 billion (2004 est.)  

GDP per head: purchasing power parity – $4,200 (2004 est.)  

Annual growth: 2.6% (2004 est.)  

GDP – composition by sector

        agriculture: 22.7%         industry: 19.5%         services: 57.9% (2004 est.)  

Inflation:  7.2% (2004 est.) 

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