Republic of Guatemala is located in the south of the North American Continent, with a population of 14,099,032, making it the
69th largest national population. Its capital and largest city is Guatemala City with a total metro population of 4,100,000. The
country encompasses 108,890 square kilometers making it the 10
7th largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with
Mexico, Belize, Gulf of Honduras, Honduras, El Salvador and the Pacific Ocean.

President Otto Fernando P
erez Molina is recognized as the Chief of State and Head of Government and, along with Vice
President Ingrid Roxana B
aldetti Elias, achieves that status through popular vote and holds that position for four years. Its
form of government is a constitutional democratic republic and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on 31st of May
1985.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Spanish and Amerindian Languages. It counts among its major religions
Roman Catholic, Protestant and indigenous Mayan beliefs. As sources of mass communication it has 130 AM, 487 FM, 15
Short Wave and 26 Television stations.

Major geographical features are Volcan Tajumulco, its highest point at 4,221 meters and Pacific Ocean, its lowest point at 0
meters. Its principal waterways are the Usumacinta River, Pasion River and Lake Izabel, which measures about 990 kilometers.
Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are sugar, textiles and clothing, furniture,
chemicals, petroleum, metals, rubber and tourism. Its official currency is Guatemalan Quetzal.

Here’s something you may not know about Guatemala. Guatemala City was home to one of the first Mayan societies dating
back to 2,000 BC.
El Mirador- an
archeological site in
northern Guatemala
Guatemalan baby
Church in Guatemala
City
Mask and Stelae in
Piedras Negras
Mayan Ruin in Tikal
Guatemalan sausage
Volcan Tajumulco-
Guatemala's highest
point
Usumacinta River-
Guatemala's principal
waterway
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GUATEMALA
Updated 06 December 2012
Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
0.8% (2009 est.)

62,000 .

2,600
Guatemala/Belize
border crossing
Guatemala City-
Guatemala's capital
and largest city
Guatemala/Honduras
border crossing
La Dante Pyramid-
Guatemala's
northernmost point on
the border with Mexico
Las Lisas on the  
Pacific coast-
Guatemala's
southernmost point on
the E
l Salvador border
Ocos on the Pacific
coast- Guatemala's
westernmost point
Pollo en Pipian- a
Guatemalan dish of
Chicken cooked in
pumpkin
Puerto Quetzal on the
Pacific Ocean-
Guatemala's lowest
point
Santo Tomas at Puerto
Barrios on the Golfo de
Honduras- Guatemala's
easternmost point
Guatemalan ladies in
traditional Mayan dress
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Modesto Mendez on
Guatemala's border
with Belize
Lago Peten Itza