Guatemala is the most-populous country in Central America. Its capital and largest city is Guatemala City.
Guatemala is a former Spanish colony that gained independence in 19821 and is home to nearly 16 million people. A US-backed coup overthrew its democratically-elected government in 1954 and established a military dictatorship. The country endured a bloody civil war from 1960 to 1996. Guatemala underwent significant economic growth after the war's end, but still struggles with poverty, gang violence and drug crime. Here is a collection of all of DW's content on Guatemala.
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Violence and murders are an everyday reality for people living in Central America. Organized crime and youth gangs have made Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala the most violent countries in the world in recent years, with dire impacts for the lives of ordinary people. Despite police efforts, most of the murders committed go unpunished.