Republic of Guatemala
Capital: Guatemala City HDI: 0.627 (128th)
GDP (PPP): $124.9 billion
Population: 15.8 million
Guatemala, a Central American country south of Mexico, is distinguished by its steep volcanoes, vast rainforests and ancient Mayan sites. The capital, Guatemala City, is home to the stately National Palace of Culture, institutions such as the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and the lively Zona Viva nightlife area. Antigua, west of the capital, contains cobblestone streets and preserved Spanish colonial buildings.
Guatemala Economy 2016, CIA World Factbook
Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America with a GDP per capita roughly one-half that of the average for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Economic data and statistics from Michigan State University
Industry Trends & Business Climate
Key Business Links | Guatemala City
Information resources from the US Embassy in Guatemala
Establishing a Presence
Business Registration Requirements – Opening a Business in Guatemala
Registering a local corporation is a simple and quick procedure, taking close to 48 hours for provisional registration and a maximum of four months to achieve final registration. Corporations may initiate operations under provisional registration.
Business Registration Requirements – Starting a Business in Guatemala
This site provides a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Guatemala.
Business Types – Opening a Business in Guatemala
The various types of legal business structures are described on this site
Guatemala Corporate Tax Rate | 1997-2016
The Corporate Tax Rate in Guatemala stands at 25 percent. Corporate Tax Rate in Guatemala averaged 29.66 percent from 1997 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 31 percent in 2001 and a record low of 25 percent in 1998. Corporate Tax Rate in Guatemala is reported by the Superintendence of the Tax Administration.
Guatemala Corporate – Taxes
The tax system of Guatemala is a unitary system, whereby income of all kinds, other than capital gains, is lumped together and subject to a single tax. The components of gross income subject to tax are usually business income, interest, dividends, rent, salaries, and services.
Guatemala Personal Income Tax Rate | 2004-2016
The Personal Income Tax Rate in Guatemala stands at 7 percent. Personal Income Tax Rate in Guatemala averaged 25 percent from 2004 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 31 percent in 2005 and a record low of 7 percent in 2013. Personal Income Tax Rate in Guatemala is reported by the Superintendence of the Tax Administration.
Guatemala Individual – Taxes
Guatemala taxes its citizens and resident or non-resident individuals on their compensation attributable to services rendered in Guatemala and on other Guatemalan-source income.
VAT/Sales Tax – Guatemala Sales Tax Rate | VAT | 2006-2016
The Sales Tax Rate in Guatemala stands at 12 percent.
VAT/Sales Tax – Guatemala Sales Tax Rate | VAT Forecast 2016-2020
The Guatemala Sales Tax Rate | VAT is projected to trend around 12.00 percent in 2020
Comprehensive Information on Guatemala Visa Requirements
Guatemala Visa and Passport Requirements
Full detail on passports, visas and entry requirements for Guatemala
Transportation in Guatemala
Travelers can use rental cars, private transfers, shuttles, domestic flights, and public buses to get around Guatemala.
Telecommunications in Guatemala
Telecommunications in Guatemala include radio, television, fixed and mobile telephones, and the Internet.
Guatemala – Telecoms
Statistics and analyses on the telecom market in Guatemala
119 tips on getting to and getting around Guatemala from real travelers and locals.
Guatemala Working conditions
A commentary on the working conditions in Guatemala
Guide to Law Online: Guatemala
A listing of sources of information on the laws in Guatemala from the Libarary of Congress.
Cost of Living in Guatemala
Average prices of more than 40 products and services in Guatemala. Prices of restaurants, food, transportation, utilities and housing are included.
Cost of Living in Guatemala City
A list of the cost of standard items in Guatemala and a guide to the salary necessary to live there
Business Etiquette – Guatemala – Culture, Customs & Etiquette
A guide to basic and business etiquette customs
Business Etiquette – Guatemala – Guatemalan Business Etiquette
A guide to dress, behavior and communication etiquette in Guatemala
Safety – Travel Safety in Guatemala
Travel safety and security advice while in Guatemala
Safety – Guatemala – travel.state.gov
See “Safety and Security” on this US Department of State site
Education – Guatemala Education System
A complete guide to the school system in Guatemala
Education – International Schools in Guatemala
This list contains the most popular international and bilingual schools in Guatemala: nurseryschools, primary and secondary (high) schools
Public Holidays in Guatemala – World Travel Guide
2016 public holidays in Guatemanal
Guatemala public holidays – Lonely Planet
Public holidays and observances for 2016
Demographics – CIA World Factbook – Guatemala
Demographic information and data from the CIA
Demographics of Guatemala – Wikipedia
The Demographics of Guatemala are diverse, the 16,548,168 million people (June 2016) consist primarily of mestizos, Amerindians, and people of European descent. The population is divided almost evenly between rural and urban areas.
Climate in Guatemala | USA Today
Guatemala has a few surprises in its climate. Because the country is in Central America, most people assume it has a tropical climate; however, despite the tropical location, Guatemala’s mountains alter the weather. While parts of the country have a climate typical of a tropical country, other areas actually see temperatures below freezing.
Climate – Guatemala Weather, Climate and Geography
Guatemala’s weather is eternally comfortable: neither too hot nor too cold. Its seasons tend to be divided into the dry season and the wet season
Guatemala Customs Regulations
Guatemala Customs regulations and procedures for importing and exporting goods at border.
Cntact information for Global Markets at the US Embassy in Guatemala for information on trade policy.
SICE: Countries: Guatemala : Trade Policy Documents
A comprehensive list of trade agreements for Guatemala and other central american countries
Central America Free Trade Agreement
An explanation of the Central America Free Trade Agreement that includes Guatemala
Housing and Rentals
Guatemala Corporate Housing and Extended Stay Hotels
Find short-term furnished apartments and extended stay hotels with Biz-stay.com’s comprehensive directory.
Top 10 Hotels in Antigua Guatemala
Compare 76 hotels in Antigua Guatemala using 2396 real guest reviews
Guatemala – Lonely Planet
A listing of top destinations and experiences in Guatemala
Spanning a mountainous slice of Central America immediately south of Mexico, Guatemala is loaded with incredible natural, historical and cultural appeal.