Germany and Guatemala maintain good and intensive relations in the political, cultural and economic sectors, as well as in development cooperation. Germany and the Germans enjoy a good reputation in Guatemala, with more than 4000 German nationals and many Guatemalans of German descent in the country still playing an important part.
Trade between Guatemala and Germany was worth 396 million euros in 2018 (German exports to Guatemala approx. 282 million euros; German imports from Guatemala approx. 113 million euros).
An investment protection agreement entered into force in October 2006.
The German-Guatemalan Chamber of Industry and Commerce has some 150 members and plays a major role in promoting bilateral economic relations.
Bilateral development cooperation focuses on democratic governance, education, environmental protection and adaptation to climate change. In addition, Germany provides support in the areas of fiscal policy and violence prevention. The implementing organisations KfW and GIZ have offices in the country. Many German civil society and church organisations implement development projects in Guatemala, principally in areas inhabited mainly by indigenous peoples. Germany’s political foundations are also active in Guatemala.
The Asociación Alejandro von Humboldt runs the German School, the German Language Institute, the German Cultural Institute and the Club Alemán. Students attending the German School have the option of earning the Guatemalan Bachillerato and/or the German university entrance qualification (Abitur).
Many students are interested in studying in Germany, in part thanks to the relatively large number of Guatemalans of German descent. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) maintains one lectorship in Guatemala.