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Guatamala Country Profile

A country of striking features and a strong indigenous culture, Guatemala's natural beauty and powerful identity stand in stark contrast to its bloody past and troubled present. Mountainous, heavily forested and dotted with Mayan ruins, lakes, volcanoes, orchids and exotic birds, Guatemala is one of the most beautiful countries in Central America. Its indigenous population, the Maya, make up about half of the population. Mayan languages are spoken alongside Spanish, the official tongue. Many Guatemalans are of mixed Amerindian-Hispanic origin.

Full name: Republic of Guatemala

Population: 14.3 million (UN, 2010)

Capital: Guatemala City

Major languages: Spanish, more than 20 indigenous languages

Major religion: Christianity, indigenous Mayan beliefs

Life expectancy: 68 years (men), 75 years (women) (UN)

Monetary unit: 1 quetzal = 100 centavos

Main exports: Coffee, sugar, bananas, fruits and vegetables, meat, petroleum, cardamon

GNI per capita: US $2,620 (World Bank, 2009)

Internet domain: .gt

International dialling code: + 502

President: Alvaro Colom

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