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Learn more about Guyana.
Flag of Guyana Guyana
Population: 705,803 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Georgetown
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An Introduction to Guyana
Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to black settlement of urban areas and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. This ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, but until the early 1990s it was ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president, in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. Upon his death five years later, he was succeeded by his wife Janet, who resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001.

Guyana map

Map of Guyana ( Location ) : 5 00 N, 59 00 W, Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Suriname and Venezuela. For additional reports and educational information specific to Guyana, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Guyanese Flag
Green, with a red isosceles triangle (based on the hoist side) superimposed on a long, yellow arrowhead; there is a narrow, black border between the red and yellow, and a narrow, white border between the yellow and the green.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Guyana.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.61%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 60.12 yrs - Male
    • 64.84 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 80,400 (2002)

Televisions:
    • 46,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 420,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .gy

Did you know ... People from Guyana are called Guyanese
 

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