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Learn more about Guatemala.
Flag of Guatemala Guatemala
Population: 14,280,596 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Guatemala
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An Introduction to Guatemala
The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the conflict, which had led to the death of more than 100,000 people and had created some 1 million refugees.

Guatemala map

Map of Guatemala ( Location ) : 15 30 N, 90 15 W, Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and bordering the Gulf of Honduras (Caribbean Sea) between Honduras and Belize. For additional reports and educational information specific to Guatemala, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Guatemalan Flag
Three equal vertical bands of light blue (hoist side), white, and light blue with the coat of arms centered in the white band; the coat of arms includes a green and red quetzal (the national bird) and a scroll bearing the inscription LIBERTAD 15 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 1821 (the original date of independence from Spain) all superimposed on a pair of crossed rifles and a pair of crossed swords and framed by a wreath.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Guatemala.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 2.61%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 64.3 yrs - Male
    • 66.13 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 846,000 (2002)

Televisions:
    • 1.323 million (1997)

Radios:
    • 835,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .gt

Did you know ... People from Guatemala are called Guatemalans
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook