Chisec

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Chisec
Municipality
Chisec is located in Guatemala
Chisec
Chisec
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 15°48′45″N 90°19′18″W / 15.81250°N 90.32167°W / 15.81250; -90.32167
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Alta Verapaz
Municipality Chisec
Government
 • Type Municipal
Elevation 230 m (750 ft)
Population (Census 2002)[1]
 • Municipality 69,325
 • Urban 12,775
 • Ethnicities Q'eqchi', Ladino
 • Religions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
Website http://munichisec.gob.gt/

Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. It is situated at 230m above sea level at 15°48′45″N 90°17′18″W / 15.812570°N 90.288391°W / 15.812570; -90.288391 (Chisec)Coordinates: 15°48′45″N 90°17′18″W / 15.812570°N 90.288391°W / 15.812570; -90.288391 (Chisec). The municipality covers a territory of 1488 km². Approximately 95% of the municipality's inhabitants are Mayan, spread over the town of Chisec and approximately 140 communities. (There used to be closer to 240 communities, but a number of these have officially split off to the new municipality of Raxruha, created by the Guatemalan Congress in 2008.) Q'eqchi' is widely spoken there alongside Spanish.

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