Guatemala Facts for Kids

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  • Country Name: Guatemala
  • Continent: North America
  • Primary Language: Spanish
  • Population: 17,263,239 (2018 estimate)
  • Currency: Quetzal (GTQ)
  • GDP: 78.46 billion (2018, World Bank)

27 Guatemala Facts for Kids

  1. Guatemala is a country on the continent of North America.
  2. The official name for Guatemala is the Republic of Guatemala.
  3. A native or resident of Guatemala is called Guatemalan.
  4. The primary language of Guatemala is Spanish.
  5. The capital city of Guatemala is Guatemala City.
  6. The population of Guatemala was 17,263,239 based on 2018 estimates.
  7. According to estimates by the United Nations in 2019, Guatemala was the 66th most populated country in the world.
  8. The national currency of Guatemala is the Quetzal (GTQ).
  9. In 2018, the World Bank estimated the GDP of Guatemala was 78.46 billion USD.
  10. According to estimates by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Guatemala was 75th on the list of countries with the highest GDP (PPP) in 2019.
  11. The country of Guatemala covers 42,042 square miles.
  12. Guatemala is the 108th largest country by square miles.
  13. The largest city in Guatemala is Guatemala City.
  14. There are four visible volcanoes from Guatemala City, two of which are active.
  15. The highest point in Guatemala is Volcán Tajumulco at 13,786 feet.
  16. The longest river in Guatemala is the Motagua River at 302 miles long.
  17. The largest lake in Guatemala is Lake Izabal, also referred to as the Golfo Dulce at 227.6 square miles.
  18. The government of Guatemala is a unitary presidential republic.
  19. The country of Guatemala is divided into 22 departments among eight regions.
  20. Drivers in Guatemala drive on the right side of the road.
  21. The country calling code for Guatemala is +502.
  22. The ISO 3166 code for Guatemala is GT.
  23. The national anthem of Guatemala is called “Himno Nacional de Guatemala” or the “National Anthem of Guatemala”.
  24. The motto of Guatemala is “Libre Crezca Fecundo” or “Grow Free and Fertile” in English.
  25. The marching song of Guatemala is called “La Granader” or “The Song of the Grenadier” in English.
  26. Based on results of a 2018 census, Guatemala has an ethnic population of about 56.01% Ladino and 41.66% Mayan.
  27. According to a 2010 census by Guatemala, 47.2% of Guatemalans believe in Christianity, 39.5% Protestantism, 12.3% atheist and 1% other.

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