The Republic of Guatemala is located in Central America. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, and is located between El Salvador and Mexico. On its eastern border is the nations of Belize and Honduras, along with the Caribbean Sea. It is the 107th largest country in the world. Guatemala functions as a constitutional democratic republic with three branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial. Guatemala has a multi-party system, including several political parties. Guatemala received independence from Spain on September 15th, 1821.