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Sololá Department

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Sololá is a department in the west of Guatemala. The capital is the city of Sololá. Lake Atitlan is a key feature surrounded by a number of the municipalities.

Sololá
Department
Flag of Sololá
Flag
Coat of arms of Sololá
Coat of arms
Sololá
Sololá
Coordinates: 14°46′N 91°11′W / 14.767°N 91.183°W / 14.767; -91.183Coordinates: 14°46′N 91°11′W / 14.767°N 91.183°W / 14.767; -91.183
Country  Guatemala
Department Sololá
Capital Sololá
Municipalities 19
Government
 • Type Departmental
Area
 • Total 1,061 km2 (410 sq mi)
Population (Census 2003)[1]
 • Total 307,661
 • Ethnicities K'akchiquel, Tz'utujil, K'iche, Ladino
 • Religions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
Time zone -6
ISO 3166 code GT-SO
Lake Atitlán from Panajachel

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MunicipalitiesEdit

PopulationEdit

As of 2011, the department had a population of 430,573, and the area was populated almost entirely by different Mayan ethnic groups, of which the two largest groups were Kaqchikel people and K'iche'.[2][3] Kaqchikel people Accounted for 50.1%[3] of the department's population, and K'iche' accounted for 35.3%[3] of the department's population. Indigenous people account for 96.5% of the department's population.[3]

EconomyEdit

Fertile soil makes Sololá a producer of maize, wheat, barley, vegetables, and fruit. Fruits include apples, cherries, cherimoya, peaches, and pears. Livestock is also common, and as 1850, the region had a large wool industry.[2]

EcologyEdit

The area is mountainous and also sits on the sea. In 1850, the British described it as having a "healthy" climate "rather inclining to cold, or...temperate." Temperatures warm further south.[2] Lago de Atitlán is located in Sololá.

SportsEdit

Saprissa de Guatemala is Solola's main football team and the most famous club in the department.

ReferencesEdit