Guatemala, home to 15.5 million people, is located in Central America, on the southern border of Mexico.
The official language is Spanish. Over 40 % of the populations speaks or understands one of the many native Indian dialects. English is understood in tourist centers.
Guatemala is a constitutional democratic republic. The president is both head of state and head of government.
Over half of the Guatemalan population is Catholic and 40% are Protestant. Many other faiths are practiced by smaller percentages of the population, including the indigenous Mayan faith.
The local currency is the Quetzal.