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.
Guatemala is the country with the fewest hospitals in Latin America. That’s why strict lockdowns have been enforced. But they have had dire effects on the poor - and can even lead to deaths from starvation. For people who have been facing hunger and violence on a daily basis even before the pandemic, the situation is bleak.
This week we're bringing you a special about coffee and the injustice that comes with it. In Guatemala, coffee farmers are losing out because of price dumping and climate change. And Colombia's coffee farmers battle with competition from Brazil and Vietnam — and the middlemen who are taking their cuts.
Guatemala is one of the most important sugar-producing countries, and 70 percent of the sugar that's grown there is exported. Working on the sugarcane plantations is hard and badly paid - and it's often the only way for people to earn money. But the price they pay is high, and many young men take drugs to keep going.