Ten fun facts about Guyana


Fact 1
Guyana is bordered to the east by Suriname, to the south and southwest by Brazil and to the west by Venezuela and is the third-smallest country on the mainland of South America.

Fact 2
Guyana is considered the only English speaking country in South America. The other languages spoken are Amerindian dialects, Creole, Hindi and Urdu.

Fact 3
The official name is Cooperative Republic of Guyana. Though Guyana gained independence from Britain on May 26, 1966, it became a republic in 1970.


Fact 4
The three major religions of the people are Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.

Fact 5
The capital of Guyana is Georgetown. The official currency is the Guyanese dollar.

Fact 6
The climate is tropical hot, humid, moderated by northeast trade winds with two rainy seasons from May to August, November to January).

Fact 7
The longest river in Guyana is the Essequibo River. The highest point is Mount Roraima at 2,835 m.

Fact 8
The Omai gold mine is one of the largest open-pit gold mines in South America. The national flower is Victoria Amazonia and the national bird is Hoatzin which is also known as Canje Pheasant.

Fact 9
Guyana exports sugar, gold, bauxite, alumina, rice, shrimp, molasses, rum and timber. It imports manufactures, machinery, petroleum and food.

Fact 10
The economy is based on the exportation of its main industries, including sugar, timber, gold mining and textiles.


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Short about Guyana
Is situated on the Atlantic Ocean north of the equator on the mainland of South America.


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Population
784,894

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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