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The culture of Guatemala strongly reflects Mayan and Spanish influences. The poor Mayan villagers continue to live in the rural highlands, and the urbanized and relatively wealthy mestizos population (known in Guatemala as ladinos) continue to occupy the cities and their surrounding area.
Guatemala is a poor country that struggles in several areas of health and development, including infant, child, and maternal mortality, malnutrition, literacy, and contraceptive awareness and use. Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America and has the highest fertility rate in Latin America. Guatemalans emigrate legally and illegally to Mexico, the United States, and Canada because of a lack of economic opportunity, political instability, and natural disasters.
0-14 years: 36.2%
15-24 years: 22.1%
25-54 years: 32.4%
55-64 years: 5.2%
65 years and over: 4.1%
Guatemala's climate is tropical; hot, humid in lowlands; cooler in highlands. Deforestation is big problem in Guatemala, over 50% of the nation's forests have been destroyed since 1890. And Guatemala's main source of energy is wood. All of this contributes to soil erosion which will prove to be a large problem for Guatemala as deforestation continues.
Picture of a Maya women at market in Guatemala
Guatemala is not in very good economic conditions. The population in poverty is 54%. The top imports are fuels, machinery, and transport equipment. Their agriculture products are sugarcane, corn, bananas, coffee, beans, cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens. Guatemala's leading industries are sugar,textiles, clothing, furniture, chemicals, and rubber.
Guatemala's government is a Constitutional Democratic Republic. That is where the power belongs to the people to vote who their leaders and representatives are. In 1839 Guatemala becomes independent from Spain.Though now independent Spanish descendents maintain control and inequality barely shifts. During the 36 year civil war many people fled from Guatemala to Mexico, U.S., and Canada.
Guatemala is located in Central America, bordered by the Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico. Honduras is south of it along with the gulf of Honduras. It has Tropical climate. Guatemala is mostly mountainous with a narrow coastal path and rolling limestone plateaus. Volcen Tajumulo is the highst point in Central America. (4,211 m)