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Guatemala

Guatemala (full name, Republic of Guatemala) covers an area of approximately 109,000 sq km. Its terrain is mostly mountainous with narrow coastal plains and a rolling limestone plateau. Guatemala borders Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico, and has 400 km of coastline. The country is divided into 22 departments: Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Chiquimula, El Progreso, Escuintla, Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Izabal, Jalapa, Jutiapa, Peten, Quetzaltenango, Quiche, Retalhuleu, Sacatepequez, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Solola, Suchitepequez, Totonicapan and Zacapa. Guatemala City is the capital, with a time difference of 6 hours behind that of GMT. The currency is the quetzal, and exports include coffee, sugar, bananas, fruits, vegetables, meat, petroleum and cardamon. The population of approximately 13,300,00 people comprises an ethnic makeup that is 59.4% Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish) and European. The primary languages are Spanish and over 20 indigenous languages, and the predominant religions are Christianity and indigenous Mayan beliefs.