Essential Info for Guatemala

Population: Around 17 million

Capital city: Guatemala City

Neighbouring countries: Bordered by Mexico to the west and north, Belize and Honduras to the east, and El Salvador to the southeast. Guatemala also has coastal regions to the south and to the east.

Geography: Most of Guatemala is mountainous with some patches of desert. 

Political system: Unitary presidential republic

Major religions: Christianity

Main languages: Spanish 

Money: The Guatemalan quetzal (GQT), divided into 100 centavos. ATMs are easy to find in Guatemala, and foreigners can open a bank account without much problem.

Tipping: If not included in the bill, a tip of 10 to 15 percent is generally expected.

Time: GMT-6

Electricity: 120V, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat blades

Internet domain: .gt

International dialling code: +502

Emergency numbers: Police: 110; Ambulance: 122 ; Fire: 123

Transport and driving: There is limited public transport in Guatemala. Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road.

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