Guatemala is in Central America, between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Located just south of Mexico, Guetemala enjoys an agreeable climate. This, combined with its Mayan ruins and diverse landscape, makes Guetemala a popular destination for tourists. In fact, tourism is the most profitable of all the components in the country's service industry.
Population:14 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish) and European (59.4%), K'iche (9.1%), Kaqchikel (8.4%), Mam (7.9%), Q'eqchi (6.3%), other Mayan (8.6%), indigenous non-Mayan (0.2%), other (0.1%)
Languages: Spanish (official) (60%), Amerindian languages (40%)
Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs
Guatemalans In Toronto
In Canada: 18,205
In the GTA: 4,425
In the City of Toronto: 2,150
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
East Gwillimbury, King, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, York Centre (City of Toronto), Halton Hills, Brampton, Mississauga, Milton
The government of Guetemala signed a peace treaty in 1996, which ended 36 years of guerrilla warfare. Although the peace agreement allowed the country to begin moving forward, it has been difficult for Guetemala to escape its troubled past. Poverty is still a serious issue that must be tackled. Guetemala has had separation of church and state for more than 100 years. The majority of Guatemalans are Catholics, but there is also a sizable Protestant minority. Many Amerindians have preserved indigenous Mayan beliefs, which involve gods that govern over various aspects of daily life.
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