- Population: 13,675,713.9
- Capital: Guatemala City; 951,000
- Life Expectancy: 66
- GDP per Capita: U.S. $3,900
- Literacy Percent: 71
- Guatemala means “land of trees” in the Mayan-Toltec language
- Guatemala recognizes over 24 indigenous languages
- A civil war broke out in the 1960’s between the upper and lower class citizens that lasted 36 years!
200, 000 people died
- 40, 000 people disappeared
- Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America.
- More than 50% of the population is below the national poverty line.
- 43% of children under the age of 5 are malnourished, one of the highest rates in the world.
- There are 37 volcanoes scattered throughout Guatemala, a few of which are still active.
- GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$) (2008)- 2,680
- Rural population (2008)- 7,032,052.1
- Number of rural poor (million, approximate) (2008)- 5,238,878.8
- The flag is blue to represent that Guatemala is landlocked between the Pacific and the Caribbean. The white color signifies purity and peace. In the middle of the flag is the coat of arm, with the national bird the Queztal.
- Tikal is one of the largest archelogical sites