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Guatemala People

    Population: 12,335,580 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 43% (male 2,688,402; female 2,578,934)
    15-64 years: 54% (male 3,312,360; female 3,314,102)
    65 years and over: 3% (male 207,014; female 234,768) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 2.68% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 35.57 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 6.8 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: -1.93 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.88 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 46.15 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 66.45 years
    male: 63.78 years
    female: 69.24 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 4.74 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Guatemalan(s)
    adjective: Guatemalan

    Ethnic groups: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish—in local Spanish called Ladino) 56%, Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian 44%

    Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, traditional Mayan

    Languages: Spanish 60%, Amerindian languages 40% (23 Amerindian languages, including Quiche, Cakchiquel, Kekchi)

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 55.6%
    male: 62.5%
    female: 48.6% (1995 est.)

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