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All You Need to Know About Guatemala

Amruta Deshpande Dec 23, 2020
Do you think you are well versed with all the facts and figures about Guatemala? Well, let us find out!
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Guatemala is a country located in Central America and the largest of the region. It is one of the first states of Central America which became an independent autonomous country in 1838.
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Guatemala's currency is Quetzal, which is named after the national bird of the country - Resplendent quetzal. A Quetzal is denoted with the symbol Q.
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Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, more commonly known as Guatemala City is the capital of Guatemala. With an area of 220 sq km, it is the largest and the most populous city of Guatemala.
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Spanish is only official language of Guatemala which is spoken by 93 percent of its population. However, in the rural areas, 21 Mayan and 2 Non Mayan languages are spoken.
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Guatemala is bordered by Mexico in the north and west, Honduras to the east, El Salvador to the Southeast and Belize in the northeast.
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The Mayan civilization is believed to exist in parts of Mexico and Central America since 2000 B.C.
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Guatemala is derived from a Nahuatl word Cuauhtēmallān, which came from the K'iche' Mayan word for "many trees". So it literally means a "place of many trees" or "land of many trees".
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Guatemala's national football team appeared in 18 editions of the CONCACAF Championship and has even won it once. However, the team is yet to qualify to the FIFA World Cup.
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Guatemala has only one silver medal in Olympics, won by Erick Barrondo, in race walking at the summer Olympics in the year 2012.
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"Ixcanul", "Temblores" and "La Llorona" are films by the Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante, which are popular among international audience.
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