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A virtual travel guide to former British Guiana, a country on the northeastern coast of South America. It is bordered by  Venezuela in west, by  Brazil in south west and south, by  Suriname in east, and by the North Atlantic Ocean in north east. It is the the third-smallest country in South America after Suriname and Uruguay.

This page aims to give you a broad overview of Guyana's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.

Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this South America nation, e.g.: official web sites of Guyana, addresses of Guyanese and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Guyana.


Co-operative Republic of Guyana

Country Profile

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

Official Name:
Co-operative Republic of Guyana
short form: Guyana
former: British Guiana

ISO Country Code: gy

Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Fri-May-26  20:44

Country Calling Code: +592

Capital City: Georgetown (pop. 250 000)

Other Cities: Linden (29,000) and New Amsterdam (18,000)

Type: Republic within the Commonwealth.
Independence: 26 May 1966;
Republic, 23 February 1970.
Constitution: 1980

Location: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Suriname and Venezuela
Area: 215,000 sq. km. (83 000 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Coastal plain, inland highlands, rain forest, savanna.

Climate: Equatorial tropical.

Nationality: Guyanese (sing. and pl.).
Population: 748.000 (2012)
Ethnic groups: East Indian origin 49%, African origin 32%, mixed 12%, Amerindian 6%, White and Chinese 1%.
Religions: Christian 57%, Hindu 33%, Muslim 9%, other 1%.
Languages: English, Guyanese Creole, Amerindian languages (primarily Carib and Arawak).
Literacy: 96.5% of adults who have attended school.

Natural resources: Bauxite, gold, diamonds, hardwood timber, shrimp, fish.

Agriculture products: Sugar, rice, wheat, vegetable oils; beef, pork, poultry, dairy products; fish, shrimp.

Industries: Bauxite, sugar, rice milling, timber, textiles, gold mining.

Exports partners: Canada 22.8%, USA 19%, UK 12.1%, Portugal 8.2%, Jamaica 6.6%, Belgium 6.3% (2004)

Imports partners: USA 26.2%, Trinidad and Tobago 21.6%, UK 6.4%, Cuba 5.9%, China 4.7% (2004)

Currency: Guyanese Dollar (GYD)

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Official Sites of Guyana

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.

Diplomatic Missions
Guyana Consulate
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 Google Earth Guyana
Searchable map and satellite view of Guyana.
Google Earth Google Earth Georgetown
Searchable map and satellite view of Guyana's capital city.

Map of South America
Reference map of South America.


The Government Information Agency (GINA)
Guyana's Government's communication and information agency.
Guyana Chronicle
Guyana News.
Guyana Review
Online Magazine
Stabroek News
Local News
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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.

Philip Moore
Well known for his wood sculptures, one of the most original and creative artists of Guyana.

Cyberspace Guyana
The Georgetown Cyber Cafe
A chat room for Guyanese and for those people who love Guyana.
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Kaieteur Falls

Business & Economy

Bank of Guyana
Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea
The Guyana Office for Investment
National Bank of Industry and Commerce

Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Industry
Official site of the ministry.

Roraima Airways
Domestic airline.
Trans Guyana Airways
Guyana's leading domestic scheduled carrier.
Universal Airways
Another Guyanese carrier with flights to New York, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.

Destination Guyana - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Guyana: 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.

Promoting Tourism in Guyana, a guide for eco tourism in Guyana.
Guyana News and Information
Guyana portal and directory provides comprehensive information on Guyana.
Guyana Scrapbook
Backgrond 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.
Travel Guide Guyana
One of the first travel guides to Guyana in the net.

City Guides
City of Georgetown.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


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.

Guyana National Library
Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST)
Technology for the utilisation of Guyana's natural resources.

Environment & Nature

EPA - Environmental Protection 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.
SDNP Guyana Homepage
The Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP)
WWF Guianas
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).


History of the Republic of Guyana
Guyana was discovered in 1498 by the Europeans, its history; therefore stretches back a bit more than 500 years!

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