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Guatemala
Population:
14,280,596 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the conflict, which had led to the death of more than 100,000 people and had created some 1 million refugees.
Government type:
constitutional democratic republic
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $56.5 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
400,000 (2002)
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