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Guatemala, a country to live

With beautiful sceneries, high cultural diversity, abundant historical and cultural attractions, a highly developed capital city, Guatemala is definitely a unique country to live in. It has been ranked as one of the 10 happiest and most positive countries in the world.

Political and Financial Situation

Guatemala is an economically thriving country. Being the largest economy in Central America, it has a wide diversity of destinations and products. In addition, macroeconomic stability is widely recognized; has a low and controlled inflation, exchange rate stability and one of the lowest external debts in Latin America. Download document Guatemala in figures:

Guatemala's Climates

Guatemala, the country of the Eternal Spring, is a country with an exceptional climate. With an average temperature of 21°C (70°F) throughout the year and more than 360 microclimates along its 108,889 km² (42,042 mi²), the climate allows for a variety of activities which makes it a unique country.

Investments in Latin America

Latin America is a region of great economic importance and very attractive for foreign investment, representing 13.5% of total direct foreign investment worldwide, according to UNCTAD. To strengthen trade and foreign investment in the region, the Interamerican Development Bank created ConnectAmericas, a social network for promoting business and investment in the region. See more at:

How to open a business in Guatemala

To operate in Guatemala, every investor should register their company in the Commercial Register. The process takes from 12 to 19 days. The easiest and fastest way to do this is through a web portal designed to make all of your arrangements online and communicate directly with the institutions involved in the opening process.

Tourism in Guatemala

More than a journey, Guatemala is full of life lessons. It has 42,042 square miles of immense diversity: Colonial Cities, Mayan Ruins, Caribbean Coast, Pacific Ocean, Volcanoes, Lakes, Tropical Rainforest, spaces to practice extreme sports, and a highly developed city . However, the country offers more than this: leaving life lessons to every visitor.

“For one of our main clients, Allied Global’s operations in Guatemala represent its second major call center service provider” -Germán López, Chief Strategy Officer. Allied Global
“Guatemala represented a unique and attractive business model. A challenge was visualized in Guatemala. We ran the risk and it worked” -Lic Juan Martínes Venegas, General Manager Marhnos Guatemala
"Guatemala is our main emerging market in Latin America. All of our clients are pleased to do business in Guatemala - José J. Urizar, EGS Operations VP in Guatemala
“In Guatemala, the tax incentives to establish a new business are attractive, the business environment is positive and optimistic, and the workforce is excellent” -Federico Medinilla, CEO Xerox Guatemala
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Growth of Guatemala
The attraction of Foreign Direct Investment has increased 400% reaching $1.3 billion in the year 2013.
University Students
Guatemala has the largest student population in all of Central America with more than 312,700 students enrolled in 14 universities.
Why Guatemala?
Guatemala is ranked among the top 10 happiest countries in the world, according to the "Happy Planet Index" of the New Economics Foundation.
Guatemala is the most developed metropolis in the entire Central American region from Mexico, D.F. to Bogota, Colombia.


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The Guatemalan Government plays a strategic role in the development of investments in the country.

The Guatemalan Government plays a strategic role in the development of investments in the country. Stability in legal framework benefits a great majority of investments in sectors as diverse as mining, energy, manufacturing, call centers / BPOs, amongst others. In the period 2003-2013 a total of US $8142.7 million was recorded, an increase of nearly 400% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), which grew from US $262.2 million to $1306.7 million.

International institutions like the World Bank, World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), have highlighted the significant efforts of Guatemala in their analysis of economic and financial performance of countries regarding the business climate for investment. Prominent risk rating agencies like Standard & Poor's, Fitch Ratings and Moody's also show in their ratings the economic and political stability that the country possesses.


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BB (Stable)



Source: Fitch Ratings, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, OCDE

Security is a priority

In 2012 1,503 new agents graduated from the National Civil Police graduated and a new Officer Training School was established. In 2013 it has trained over 1,735 agents to close a total of 30,000 police officers by the end of 2013. The Ministry of the Interior has implemented the initiative "24-0" (24 hours with 0 violence), through which it can monitor the violence in the country and fight for goals of 24 hours with zero violence.

In 2012 crime decreased by 9% and the number of detainees increased by 11%, creating confidence in the security and justice systems of the country.

Guatemalans perform daily work and academic activities, run and exercise outdoors, attend cultural and recreational activities, gather in parks and transit late at night, thanks to the public confidence in the system.