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Guyana. Capital – Georgetown. Facts About Guyana. Population: 756,040 90% live on the coast  Total Area: 83,000 sq. miles A tropical forest covers more than 80% of the country. Currency:  Guyanese dollar 203 = $1.00 USD. Language and People in Guyana. Official language is English

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Capital – Georgetown

Facts about guyana
Facts About Guyana

  • Population: 756,040

    • 90% live on the coast 

  • Total Area: 83,000 sq. miles

    • A tropical forest covers more than 80% of the country.

  • Currency:  Guyanese dollar

    • 203 = $1.00 USD

Language and people in guyana
Language and People in Guyana

  • Official language is English

    • Often spoken with a Creole twist

  • Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America, along with being one of four non-Spanish-speaking territories on the continent.

  • Guyana is known by the name ‘Land of Six People’, because the population comprises of descendants of African slaves, indigenous Amerindians, Chinese, Indians, Portuguese and European people.

  • Ethnicity

    • East Indian 43.5%

    • black (African) 30.2%

    • mixed 16.7%

    • Amerindian 9.1%

    • other 0.5%

Religion in guyana
Religion in Guyana

  • Protestant 30.5%

    • (Pentecostal 16.9%, Anglican 6.9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5%, Methodist 1.7%)

  • Hindu 28.4%

  • Roman Catholic 8.1%

  • Jehovah's Witnesses 1.1%

  • Muslim 7.2%

  • other Christian 17.7%

  • other 4.3%

  • none 4.3%

    (Latest information from 2002 census)

Government in guyana
Government in Guyana

  • 10 Regions

  • Semi-presidential democratic republic

  • President and Prime Minister

  • President is not directly elected

  • President appoints the Prime Minister

  • Unicameral legislature (National Assembly)

Families in guyana
Families in Guyana

  • Family life is very important.

  • Extended family plays a major role in daily lives.

    • eat together often

    • meet for large family reunions regularly

  • Males have more power than females in many Guyanese families.

  • Most men work outside the home.

  • Women stay at home to take care of the children and the housework.

  • In some families, both parents must work, depending on the job the father has.

  • Children have more responsibility in the family. As soon as they are old enough, they take odd jobs to contribute to the upkeep of the household.

Food in guyana
Food In Guyana

  • Eat a lot of chicken, fish, and turkey

  • Rice is a staple

  • Curry is used a lot

  • National dish is pepper pot (a stew which contains meat, spices, and a sauce called cassareep)

  • Another popular dish is metemgie, a thick coconut based soup.

  • Eat a lot of fresh greens, which people in rural areas often grow themselves.

  • Farming is an important part of the economy.

Recreation in guyana
Recreation in Guyana

  • Guyanese entertainment blends East Indian and West Indian culture.

  • Music is a mixture of Caribbean, Indian, African, European, and American styles

  • Sports are an important part of recreation.

    • Cricket is the national sport.

    • soccer and basketball are also very popular

  • Most families own televisions, but in the rural area there may be only two channels to choose from.

Fast facts about guyana
Fast Facts About Guyana

  • Technically, Guyana is the only Caribbean country that is not an island.

  • Kaieteur Falls of Guyana are 741 feet high i.e. around five times as high as Niagara Falls.

  • One of the largest open-pit gold mines in the continent of America, The Omai gold mine, is located in Guyana.

  • On November 18, 1978, American religious cult leader Jim Jones, along with his 909 followers, committed mass suicide in Jonestown in Guyana which threw the country into sudden attention worldwide. This mass suicide, done for political reasons, was considered the greatest loss of American civil life in a single non-natural event until the September 11, 2001 attacks.