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What are natural disasters in Guatemala?

In the span of one week, Guatemala has been hit with a series of natural disasters: a volcanic eruption, Tropical Storm Agatha and the opening of a giant sinkhole that swallowed a building whole. More than 180 people are reported dead as a result.

What is Guatemala all about?

Guatemala is a country in Central America. It is known for its mixed culture, a product of both Mayan and Spanish cultures, from the colonial period. Guatemala is known for its ever-changing weather, a product of the mountain range which crosses the center of the country.

What is Guatemala money?

Guatemala. Guatemala's currency is the quetzal, which is denoted by Q*. Quetzal bills come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. The exchange rate is usually around *Q7.5 - Q*8 to 1 US$. Coins come in demoninations of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 *centavos, as well as a Q*1 coin.

What is Guatemala education?

Education in Guatemala is free and compulsory for six years. Guatemala has a three-tier system of education starting with primary school, followed by secondary school and tertiary education, depending on the level of technical training. 74.5% of the population age 15 and over is literate, the lowest literacy rate in Central America.

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