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Guatemala special feature: COVID-19 update

COVID-19 is hitting Guatemala at every level, from the Government and cabinet to the rural population. On 20 September 2020, President Alejandro Giammattei announced he tested positive with COVID-19. The Government continues to work, according to the President, and it appears he is now recovering. Jürg Widmer Probst Guatemala special feature: a COVID-19 update President Giammattei announced his diagnosis to […]

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Guatemala special feature: The Culture and Etiquette

Guatemala in 2020 is a fascinating mix of influences, representative of its complex history. The largest economy in Central America, the country’s biggest economic driver is tourism. In the first of a series of special features, this blog covers the culture and etiquette of Guatemalan society. Jürg Widmer Probst Guatemala special feature: all about Guatemala culture and etiquette Nestled between […]

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Guatemala special feature: the cultural significance of religion in Guatemala

Guatemala has a long and fascinating history featuring many years of takeover and colonisation, civil war and regional differences. And of course, along with this kind of history comes a relatively complex religious picture. In this special feature, I’ll be looking at the religious composition of the country, and how this affects its culture. Jürg Widmer Probst Guatemala special feature: […]

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Guatemala special feature: why Guatemalan coffee is one of the country’s biggest exports

Guatemalan coffee is one of the country’s major exports, making the region the ninth biggest exporter in the world. Here’s why coffee remains so important to the country, and how the industry developed. Jürg Widmer Probst Guatemala special feature: Guatemalan coffee and its history Annual exports worth up to $775 million make Guatemalan coffee the second biggest export from the […]

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How is COVID-19 affecting Guatemala and its people?

This month’s Jürg Widmer Probst Guatemala blog moves away from the beauty and fascination of this country with a focus on COVID-19. Global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is actively helping the health system in Guatemala, according to the UK Government. British Ambassador Nick Whittingham says that the company is donating quick COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to the […]