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Guatemala

(last updated: 11.11.2014)
 

The Republic of Guatemala recognised the Republic of Estonia for the first time upon joining the League of Nations.

Guatemala recognised the regained independence of the Republic of Estonia on 17 September 1991.

Guatemala is among the countries that never recognised the Soviet occupation in the Baltic States.

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Guatemala and the Republic of Estonia were established on 3 February 1993.

The first ambassador Mrs Susana Barrios Beltranena presented her credentials on 5 November 2005. The next ambassador was Mr Fernando Molina Girón (26 November 2009 to 31 October 2012). The current ambassador of the Republic of Guatemala to Estonia is Mr Jorge Ricardo Putzeys Urigüen who presented his credentials to President T. H. Ilves on 28 November 2013. The embassy is located in Stockholm.

No reciprocal high-level visits have taken place. In May 2006, Prime Minister Ansip met with the then President of Guatemala, Oscar Berger, at the EU-LAC Summit in Vienna. In September 2006, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Gerth Rosenthal, in the framework of the UN Plenary Assembly.

Economic relations

Trade

Trade from 2008 to 2013 (9 months):

Year Export Import
2008 24 188 0
2009 7089 368
2010 35 626 695 0
2011 16 306 629 1254
2012 59 557 1874
2013 (9 months) 90 114 0

In 2010 and 2011, mineral products were exported (mainly petroleum oils, smaller quantities of peat, and in 2010 also oils and other products made from high-temperature distilled coal tar).

In 2012, Estonia mainly exported textile products, paper and cardboard products and various foodstuffs to Guatemala.

Mainly industrial products were imported from Guatemala in 2012.

The main export articles in the first 9 months of 2013 were: paper and cardboard products – 59.8%, mineral products – 23.4% and various foodstuffs – 16.8%.

Direct investments

According to the Bank of Estonia, there were no direct investments as at 30 June 2013.

Cultural relations

Some works of well-known Guatemalan authors have been translated into Estonian, such as “Weekend in Guatemala”, a collection of short stories by Nobel laureate Miguel Ángel Asturias. The world’s allegedly shortest story “The Dinosaur” has also been translated into Estonian, The story, which only consists of a few words: “Upon awakening, the dinosaur was still there.” (Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí.), has been written by Augusto Monterroso (1921-2003), a writer who has received several Spanish and Latin American literature awards.

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