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City Population Estimated
Guatemala City 1,053,100 2001
Mixco 268,300 2001
Villa Nueva 129,600 2001


More than half of Guatemalans are descendants of the Mayans...
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Hunting and foraging groups spread into the area that is now Guatemala prior to 2500 B.C.E., and some settled into farming villages whose subsistence was based on crops such as corn, beans, squash and chili peppers, in addition to hunting and foraging...
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Although Guatemala’s predominantly agricultural economy is subject to the fluctuations of world commodity prices, since the last decade the country has shown an ability to maintain healthy levels of inflation and GDP growth...
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The agriculture sector in Guatemala contributes 23 percent of the GDP and employs an estimated 58.1 percent of labor, as stated in the GDP/Employment by Sector of Origin table...

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Guatemala is a net energy importer...
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Guatemala has been the third largest producer of antimony in Latin America after Bolivia and Mexico producing 880 metric tons in 1997...

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Guatemala possesses very diverse eco-systems, but its natural resources are severely stressed due to population pressures....

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