Map Page 1136 Area 67,661 square mi (108,890 square km) Population 13,909,384 Capital Guatemala City Highest Point 13,815 ft (4,211 m) Lowest Point 0 m GDP per capita $3,900 Primary Natural Resources petroleum, nickel, rare woods.
THE REPUBLIC OF GUATEMALA is located in Central America and is bordered by the PACIFIC OCEAN, the Gulf of Honduras, otherwise known as the CARIBBEAN SEA, and four countries (EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS, BELIZE, MEXICO).
The total length of the borders is about 1,296 mi (2,087 km), and the landscape is largely mountainous, with a limestone plateau.
The two coastal areas are very narrow.
Latino and Amerindian are the two major ethnic groups in Guatemala.
VOLCANIC REGION The mountainous areas of Guatemala are home to over 30 volcanoes.
Many volcanoes are still active and this area experiences occasional earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
The Caribbean coastline is very narrow and beaches are nonexistent, while the Pacific coastline is characterized by black-sand beaches.
Guatemala is intensely cultivated and agriculture employs 50 percent of the workforce; some people work on sugarcane and banana plantations.
Guatemala also features the Peten RAINFOREST, which is an archaeological treasure where many dinosaur bones can be found in the soil.
However, the existence of the Peten rainforest, located within the interior of Guatemala, is being threatened as trees are being cut down.
Soil erosion and water pollution also pose a great concern for the environment.
Guatemala has a tropical climate that varies with elevation.
The country's coastal regions are generally hot throughout the year, with usual temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees F (38 degrees C).
The summer seasons are hot and humid, while winters are warm and dry.
These regions are susceptible to hurricanes and other tropical storms.
The highlands are generally wet and cloudy during the summer, and the temperatures are not as hot as in the coastal regions because of the higher elevation.
The climate in the Peten rainforest is mostly wet year-round.
Summers are hot while winters are warm.
There is a brief dry season from February to April.
The rainforest is home to a variety of wildlife, which is in danger because of deforestation.
The quetzal, the national bird, is almost extinct.
Pumas, jaguars, ocelots, deer, tapir, and margay are among many of the animals living there.
- The British avoid visiting Islamic countries
"The research has revealed that 75% of British citizens are not eager to go on vacation to any Islamic countries due to the possible terror acts.
It is reported that Canary Islands and North Africa were always the most visited places by the British. However, following the terror acts in Tunis only one British out of four would prefer to go there. 54% of the surveyed stated that safety should be in the first place when traveling and 33% said that doubt about traveling to the countries which are considered to be dangerous for tourists. That is why in the upcoming winter season the British will likely go to Western European countries and the USA rather than visiting Tunis, Morocco, Egypt, Greece and Thailand. "
- Police in Dubai again start “hunting” the tourists
"The guards will be picking up the kissing tourists.
It is reported that the more Dubai city becomes popular year after year the more tourists come to the Emirates who are not so obedient to Islamic law. The UAE authorities decided to fight for its citizens who are offended by tourists who allow themselves to kiss in public places. In order to explain to the country’s guests that such a behavior is not acceptable the Emirates authorities will make up a project named “Welcome to UAE”.
Resulting this campaign the billboards will be posted throughout the city demonstrating the standards of decency and the authorities will also share law booklets to the foreigners. It is planned that tourists will be able to get such booklets at the malls and coasts. Taxi drivers and hotel staff will have to pass a special training so that they could then explain tourists the rules of conduct in the country.
It is stated that a street kiss in Dubai is punished by a big fine, however, the police seldom fines the tourists, usually the issue ends up with just a simple warning. "