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Guyana is situated in central north of the South American continent with a coastline at the North Atlantic Ocean. Countries with international borders to Guyana are Brazil, Suriname, and Venezuela, and it shares maritime borders with Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.
The country is part of the Guianas, a region in the north-eastern part of the continent on the Guiana Shield, an old stable geological formation that forms a portion of the northern coast. The Guianas are bounded by the Orinoco, Negro, and Amazon rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. It includes Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.
Guyana's area is somewhat smaller than that of the United Kingdom, or slightly smaller than that of the U.S. state of Idaho. Large areas of Guyana are covered by dense rain forests (Forested Highland Region) in the southern part of the country. Most of Guyana's population (90%) lives in the narrow, fertile plain along the Atlantic coast to the east of the country. The four Hinterland regions, which occupy more than two-thirds of the total land area are still largely unoccupied.
The country has a population of 748,000 people (Census 2012). Capital and largest city is Georgetown (pop. 192,000). Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America, spoken languages are English (official), but the vast majority of the population speaks Guyanese Creole, an English based Creole, Amerindian languages (including Caribbean and Arawak languages), Indo-Guyanese people also speak Hindi.
Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Guyana (formerly known as British Guiana) achieved independence from the UK in 1966 and became a republic in 1970.
In 1989 Guyana launched an Economic Recovery Program, which marked a dramatic reversal from a state-controlled, socialist economy towards a more open, free market system. Results through the first decade have proven encouraging.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)
related countries: United Kingdom
Guyana is a presidential representative democratic republic with a multi-party system. Head of government is the president. Despite its democratic institutions, Guyana has seen more than two decades of one-party rule and strongman politics, perpetuated by manipulation, racially based voting patterns, and a disenfranchisement of the Guyanese people.
Official Sites of GuyanaNote: External links will open in a new browser window.
Office of the President of Guyana
Official president site.
Parliament of Guyana
Site with General Information on Guyana's parliament.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Official site of the ministry.
Consulate site Toronto Canada
Guyana Diplomatic & Consular Representatives Abroad
Address list of Guyana's Missions Abroad.
Foreign Diplomatic Missions resident in Guyana
Address list of Foreign Diplomatic Missions.
Map of Guyana
Political Map of Guyana.
Google Earth Guyana
Searchable map and satellite view of Guyana.
Google Earth Georgetown
Searchable map and satellite view of Guyana's capital city.
Map of South America
Reference map of South America.
|RFS states that, although Guyana’s constitution guarantees free speech and the right to information, officials often use its defamation laws, which provide for fines and up to two years in jail, to silence opposition journalists. According to BBC, Guyanese newspapers are free to criticise the government, although journalists are apt to exercise self-censorship.
The Government Information Agency (GINA)
Guyana's Government's communication and information agency.
Guyana private daily.
News magazine online.
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Arts & Culture
Edgar Mittelholzer - Books from Edgar Mittelholzer
Children of Kaywana, the Kwayana Family Trilogy, the story of a family through 350 years of Guyana's history.
Well known for his wood sculptures, one of the most original and creative artists of Guyana.
Business & EconomyGuyana has rich reserves of bauxite, gold and timber, but it struggles to overcome poverty and attract investment to bolster its small economy. Corruption remains a chronic problem. (Source: BBC)
Subsistence agriculture on the basis of primitive methods and mining are Guyana's most important economic activities. The country's top exports are gold, rice, aluminium ore, and raw sugar.
Bank of Guyana
The Central Bank of the Republic of Guyana, established in 1965.
The Guyana Office for Investment
GO-Invest is the primary contact for investors and exporters. The office tries to contribute to Guyana’s economic development by promoting and facilitating local and foreign private-sector investment.
Ministry of Business
Official site of the ministry.
Trans Guyana Airways
Guyana's leading domestic scheduled carrier.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Guyana - Travel and Tour Guides
Georgetown, the capital. Mount Roraima, the highest of the Pacaraima Mountains, standing in 3 different countries at the triple border point of Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil. Kaieteur National Park with Kaieteur Falls, (the world's widest single drop waterfall, located on the Potaro River). Iwokrama Forest, one of the four last pristine tropical forests in the world. Kanuku Mountains, group of mountains rising out of the Rapununi savanna. Monte Caburaí, jungle adventure on the border of Guyana and the northernmost point of Brazil.
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, tours and much more.
Guyana Tourism Authority
Official Website of the Guyana Tourism Authority for all information relating to Guyana.
Iwokrama Canopy Walkway
Iwokrama Canopy Walkway is a series of suspension bridges and decks of up to 30 metres in height and 154 metres in length, located in the Iwokrama Forest.
Kaieteur National Park
Site of the park with its Kaieteur Falls one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
Guyana News and Information
Guyana portal and directory provides comprehensive information on Guyana.
Turquoise Net - Guyana
Guyana Online Tourism and travel guide.
The Guyana Photo Gallery on the WWW
Photographs of Guyana
The Guyana World Wide Web Handbook
Provides general information on Guyana.
One of the first travel guides to Guyana in the net.
More about the City of Georgetown.
Guyana, South America Undiscovered
Ministry of Education Guyana
Official site of the ministry.
Schools of Guyana
Links to schools of Guyana.
University of Guyana
Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology
Museum and anthropological research of ancient cultures of Guyana.
Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST)
Technology for the utilisation of Guyana's natural resources.
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Environment & Nature
EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
Agency to promote, facilitate and coordinate effective environmental management and protection and the sustainable use of Guyana's natural resources.
Rain Forest Conservation and Development - IWOKRAMA
Site about the protected area of the tropical Rain Forest Iwokrama in central Guyana.
WWF-Guianas, part of the global WWF family, is working to protect the forests, freshwaters and coasts of the Guianas (French Guiana, Suriname, and Guyana).
HistoryHistory of the Republic of Guyana
Guyana was discovered in 1498 by the Europeans, its history; therefore stretches back a bit more than 500 years!
SearchGuyana News and Information
Guyana index and directory.
Guyana Outpost: Wayne's Guyana Page
Sources and additional Information on Guyana
Amnesty International: Guyana
The Heritage Foundation: Guyana
Human Rights Watch: Guyana
Reporters Without Borders: Guyana
The World Factbook -- Guyana
Other countries of South America:
Argentina | Bolivia | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Ecuador | French Guiana | Paraguay | Peru
Suriname | Uruguay | Venezuela
Major Cities in South America:
Asunción, Belo Horizonte, Bogotá D.C., Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Cayenne, Curitiba, Fortaleza,
Georgetown, Kourou, La Paz, Lima, Manaus, Montevideo, Paramaribo, Porto Alegre, Port of Spain, Quito, Recife,
Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Santiago, São Paulo, Sucre
Countries of Middle and Central America:
Belize | Costa Rica | El Salvador | Guatemala | Honduras | Mexico | Nicaragua | Panama
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