19 Facts About Guatemala City


Guatemala City, known locally as Guatemala or Guate, is the capital and largest city of Guatemala, and the most populous urban area in Central America.

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In 1821, Guatemala City was the scene of the declaration of independence of Central America from Spain, after which it became the capital of the newly established United Provinces of Central America .

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Today, Guatemala City is the political, cultural, and economic center of Guatemala.

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Guatemala City continues to be subject to natural disasters, with the latest being the two disasters that struck in May 2010: the eruption of the Pacaya volcano and, two days later, the torrential downpours from Tropical Storm Agatha.

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Guatemala City serves as the economic, governmental, and cultural epicenter of the nation of Guatemala.

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Guatemala City is located in the mountainous regions of the country, between the Pacific coastal plain to the south and the northern lowlands of the Peten region.

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Guatemala City is subdivided into 22 zones designed by the urban engineering of Raul Aguilar Batres, each one with its own streets .

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Guatemala City is generally very warm, almost springlike, throughout the course of the year.

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The last large tremor to hit the Guatemala City region occurred in the 1976, on the Motagua Fault, a left-lateral strike-slip fault that forms the boundary between the Caribbean Plate and the North American Plate.

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The inhabitants of Guatemala City are incredibly diverse given the size of the city, with those of Spanish and Mestizo descent being the most numerous.

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Foreigners and foreign immigrants comprise the final distinct group of Guatemala City inhabitants, representing a very small minority among the city's denizens.

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Guatemala City is headquarters to many communications and telecom companies, among them Tigo, Claro-Telgua, and Movistar-Telefonica.

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Guatemala City is headquarters to numerous regional private banks, among them CitiBank, Banco Agromercantil, Banco Promerica, Banco Industrial, Banco GyT Continental, Banco de Antigua, Banco Reformador, Banrural, Grupo Financiero de Occidente, BAC Credomatic, and Banco Internacional.

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Guatemala City is divided into 22 zones in accordance with the urban layout plan designed by Raul Aguilar Batres.

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Guatemala City is home to ten universities, among them the oldest institution of higher education in Central America, the University of San Carlos of Guatemala.

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Guatemala City possesses several sportsgrounds and is home to many sports clubs.

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Guatemala City has hosted several promotional functions and some international sports events: in 1950 it hosted the VI Central American and Caribbean Games, and in 2000 the FIFA Futsal World Championship.

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On 4 July 2007 the International Olympic Committee gathered in Guatemala City and voted Sochi to become the host for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

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Guatemala City hosted the 2008 edition of the CONCACAF Futsal Championship, played at the Domo Polideportivo from 2 to 8 June 2008.

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