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Coordinates: 5°00′N 58°45′W / 5°N 58.75°W / 5; -58.75

Co-operative Republic
Republic
of Guyana

Flag

Coat of arms

Motto: "One People, One Nation, One Destiny"

Anthem: Dear Land of Guyana, of Rivers and Plains

Location of  Guyana  (dark green) in South America  (grey)

Capital and largest city Georgetown 6°46′N 58°10′W / 6.767°N 58.167°W / 6.767; -58.167

Official languages English

Recognised regional languages

9 languages

Akawaio Macushi Waiwai Arawak Patamona Warrau Carib Wapishana Arekuna

Vernacular language Guyanese Creole

Other languages

6 languages

Guyanese Hindustani Tamil Chinese Portuguese Spanish

Ethnic groups (2002)

43.45% Indian 30.2% Black (African) 16.73% Mixed (including Douglas) 9.16% Indigenous Amerindian 0.2% Portuguese 0.19% Chinese 0.06% European (non-Portuguese) 0.01% Others [1]

Religion

57.4% Christian 28.4% Hindu 7.2% Muslim 0.5% Rastafarian 0.1% Bahá'í 1.3% Other 0.9% Not Stated 1.4% None

[2]

Demonym Guyanese

Government Unitary presidential constitutional socialist republic[3]

• President

David Granger

• Prime Minister

Moses Nagamootoo

Legislature National Assembly

Formation

• Dutch Guiana

1667–1814

• British Guiana

1814–1966

•  Independence
Independence
from the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
becoming Guyana

26 May 1966

• Republic

23 February 1970

• Current constitution

6 October 1980

Area

• Total

214,970 km2 (83,000 sq mi) (83rd)

• Water (%)

8.4

Population

• 2016 estimate

773,303[4] (165th)

• 2012 census

747,884[5]

• Density

3.502/km2 (9.1/sq mi) (232nd or 8th least-densely populated in the world)

GDP (PPP) 2016 estimate

• Total

$6.093 billion[6]

• Per capita

$7,919[6]

GDP (nominal) 2016 estimate

• Total

$3.456 billion[6]

• Per capita

$4,492[6]

Gini (1998) 44.5[7] medium

HDI (2015)  0.638[8] medium · 127th

Currency Guyanese dollar
Guyanese dollar
(GYD)

Time zone GYT ( Guyana
Guyana
Time) (UTC-4)

Drives on the left

Calling code +592

ISO 3166 code GY

Internet TLD .gy

Guyana
Guyana
(pronounced /ɡaɪˈɑːnə/ or /ɡaɪˈænə/),[9][10] officially the Co-operative Republic
Republic
of Guyana,[11] is a sovereign state on the northern mainland of South America. It is, however, often considered part of the Caribbean
Caribbean
region because of its strong cultural, historical, and political ties with other Anglo Caribbean countries and the Caribbean
Caribbean
Community (CARICOM). Guyana
Guyana
is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
to the north, Brazil
Brazil
to the south and southwest, Suriname
Suriname
to the east and Venezuela
Venezuela
to the west. With 215,000 square kilometres (83,000 sq mi), Guyana
Guyana
is the fourth-smallest country on mainland South America
South America
after Uruguay, Suriname
Suriname
and French Guiana (an overseas region of France). The region known as "the Guianas" consists of the large shield landmass north of the Amazon River
Amazon River
and east of the Orinoco
Orinoco
River known as the "land of many waters". Originally inhabited by many indigenous groups, Guyana
Guyana
was settled by the Dutch before coming under British control in the late 18th century. It was governed as British Guiana, with mostly a plantation-style economy until the 1950s. It gained independence in 1966, and officially became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
in 1970. The legacy of British rule is reflected in the country's political administration and diverse population, which includes Indian, African, Amerindian, and multiracial groups. Guyana
Guyana
is the only South American nation in which English is the official language. The majority of the population, however, speak Guyanese Creole, an English-based creole language, as a first language. Guyana
Guyana
is part of the Anglophone Caribbean. CARICOM, of which Guyana
Guyana
is a member, is headquartered in Guyana's capital and largest city, Georgetown. In 2008, the country joined the Union of South American Nations as a founding member.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History 3 Geography

3.1 Regions and Neighbourhood Councils 3.2 Boundary disputes 3.3 Environment and biodiversity 3.4 World Heritage sites 3.5 Landmarks

4 Economy

4.1 Summary

5 International and regional relations

5.1 The Organisation of American States (OAS)

5.1.1 Summits of the Americas

5.2 Indigenous Leaders Summits of Americas
Americas
(ILSA)

5.2.1 List of International Organization Memberships

5.3 Agreements which affect financial relationships

5.3.1 The Double Taxation Relief (CARICOM) Treaty 1994 5.3.2 FATCA

6 Demographics

6.1 Largest cities 6.2 Language 6.3 Religion

7 Government and politics

7.1 Public procurement 7.2 Military 7.3 Human rights

8 Infrastructure and telecommunications

8.1 Transport 8.2 Electricity 8.3 Telecommunications

8.3.1 Telephone system 8.3.2 Radio broadcast stations 8.3.3 Television broadcast stations 8.3.4 Satellite television 8.3.5 Internet system

9 Health 10 Education 11 Culture 12 Wildlife 13 Sports 14 See also 15 Notes 16 References 17 Further reading 18 External links

Etymology[edit] The name "Guyana" is derived from Guiana, the original name for the region that formerly included Guyana
Guyana
(British Guiana), Suriname
Suriname
(Dutch Guiana), French Guiana, and parts of Colombia, Venezuela
Venezuela
and Brazil. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Guyana
Guyana
is derived from an Indigenous Amerindian language and means "land of many waters".[12] History[edit] Main article: History of Guyana

A map of Dutch Guiana 1667–1814

Map of British Guiana

There are nine indigenous tribes residing in Guyana: the Wai Wai, Macushi, Patamona, Lokono, Kalina, Wapishana, Pemon, Akawaio and Warao.[13] Historically the Lokono
Lokono
and Kalina tribes dominated Guyana. Although Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
was the first European to sight Guyana during his third voyage (in 1498), and Sir Walter Raleigh
Walter Raleigh
wrote an account in 1596, the Dutch were the first Europeans to establish colonies: Essequibo (1616), Berbice
Berbice
(1627), and Demerara
Demerara
(1752). After the British assumed control in 1796,[14] the Dutch formally ceded the area in 1814. In 1831 the three separate colonies became a single British colony known as British Guiana.

Georgetown in 1823

Since its Independence
Independence
in 1824 Venezuela
Venezuela
has claimed the area of land to the west of the Essequibo River. Simón Bolívar
Simón Bolívar
wrote to the British government warning against the Berbice
Berbice
and Demerara
Demerara
settlers settling on land which the Venezuelans, as assumed heirs of Spanish claims on the area dating to the sixteenth century, claimed was theirs. In 1899 an international tribunal ruled the land belonged to Great Britain. The British territorial claim stemmed from Dutch involvement and colonization of the area also dating to the sixteenth century, which was ceded to the British. Guyana
Guyana
achieved independence from the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
on 26 May 1966 and became a republic on 23 February 1970, remaining a member of the Commonwealth. The US State Department and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), along with the British government, played a strong role in influencing political control in Guyana
Guyana
during this time.[15] The American government supported Forbes Burnham
Forbes Burnham
during the early years of independence because Cheddi Jagan
Cheddi Jagan
was identified as a Marxist. They provided secret financial support and political campaign advice to Burnham's People's National Congress, to the detriment of the Jagan-led People's Progressive Party, which was mostly supported by Guyanese of East Indian background. In 1978, Guyana
Guyana
received international notice when 918 members of the American cult, Peoples Temple, died in a mass murder/suicide drinking cyanide-laced Flavor Aid. However, most of the suicides were by Americans and not Guyanese. More than 300 children were killed; the people were members of a group led by Jim Jones
Jim Jones
in Jonestown, the settlement which they had created. Jim Jones's bodyguards had earlier attacked people taking off at a small remote airstrip close to Jonestown, killing five people, including Leo Ryan, a US congressman. In May 2008, President Bharrat Jagdeo
Bharrat Jagdeo
was a signatory to the UNASUR Constitutive Treaty of the Union of South American Nations. Guyana
Guyana
has ratified the treaty. Geography[edit] Main article: Geography of Guyana

Rupununi Savannah

The territory controlled by Guyana
Guyana
lies between latitudes 1° and 9°N, and longitudes 56° and 62°W. The country can be divided into five natural regions; a narrow and fertile marshy plain along the Atlantic coast (low coastal plain) where most of the population lives; a white sand belt more inland (hilly sand and clay region), containing most of Guyana's mineral deposits; the dense rain forests (Forested Highland Region) in the southern part of the country; the desert savannah in the southern west; and the smallest interior lowlands (interior savannah) consisting mostly of mountains that gradually rise to the Brazilian border. Some of Guyana's highest mountains are Mount Ayanganna (2,042 metres or 6,699 feet), Monte Caburaí
Monte Caburaí
(1,465 metres or 4,806 feet) and Mount Roraima (2,772 metres or 9,094 feet – the highest mountain in Guyana) on the Brazil-Guyana- Venezuela
Venezuela
tripoint border, part of the Pakaraima
Pakaraima
range. Mount Roraima
Mount Roraima
and Guyana's table-top mountains (tepuis) are said to have been the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel The Lost World. There are also many volcanic escarpments and waterfalls, including Kaieteur Falls
Kaieteur Falls
which is believed to be the largest water drop in the world.[16] North of the Rupununi River lies the Rupununi savannah, south of which lie the Kanuku Mountains. The four longest rivers are the Essequibo at 1,010 kilometres (628 mi) long, the Courantyne River
Courantyne River
at 724 kilometres (450 mi), the Berbice
Berbice
at 595 kilometres (370 mi), and the Demerara
Demerara
at 346 kilometres (215 mi). The Corentyne river forms the border with Suriname. At the mouth of the Essequibo are several large islands, including the 145 km (90 mi) wide Shell Beach lies along the northwest coast, which is also a major breeding area for sea turtles (mainly leatherbacks) and other wildlife. The local climate is tropical and generally hot and humid, though moderated by northeast trade winds along the coast. There are two rainy seasons, the first from May to mid-August, the second from mid-November to mid-January. Guyana
Guyana
has one of the largest unspoiled rainforests in South America, some parts of which are almost inaccessible by humans. The rich natural history of Guyana
Guyana
was described by early explorers Sir Walter Raleigh and Charles Waterton
Charles Waterton
and later by naturalists Sir David Attenborough and Gerald Durrell. In 2008, the BBC
BBC
broadcast a three-part programme called Lost Land of the Jaguar
Jaguar
which highlighted the huge diversity of wildlife, including undiscovered species and rare species such as the giant otter and harpy eagle. In 2012, Guyana
Guyana
received a $45 million reward from Norway for its rainforest protection efforts. This stems from a 2009 agreement between the nations for a total of $250 million for protecting and maintaining the natural habitat. Thus far, the country has received $115 million of the total grant. Regions and Neighbourhood Councils[edit] Main articles: Regions of Guyana
Regions of Guyana
and Neighbourhood Councils of Guyana Guyana
Guyana
is divided into 10 regions:[17][18]

No Region Area km2 Population (2012 Census) Population(2012 Census) per km2

1 Barima-Waini 20,339 26,941 1.32

2 Pomeroon-Supenaam 6,195 46,810 7.56

3 Essequibo Islands-West Demerara 3,755 107,416 28.61

4 Demerara-Mahaica 2,232 313,429 140.43

5 Mahaica-Berbice 4,190 49,723 11.87

6 East Berbice-Corentyne 36,234 109,431 3.02

7 Cuyuni-Mazaruni 47,213 20,280 0.43

8 Potaro-Siparuni 20,051 10,190 0.51

9 Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo 57,750 24,212 0.42

10 Upper Demerara-Berbice 17,040 39,452 2.32

Guyana 214,999 747,884 3.48

The regions are divided into 27 neighbourhood councils.[19] Boundary disputes[edit] See also: Schomburgk Line
Schomburgk Line
and Borders of Suriname Guyana
Guyana
is in border disputes with both Suriname, which claims the area east of the left bank of the Corentyne River
Corentyne River
and the New River in southwestern Suriname, and Venezuela
Venezuela
which claims the land west of the Essequibo River, once the Dutch colony
Dutch colony
of Essequibo as part of Venezuela's Guayana Essequiba.[20][21][22][23] The maritime[24][25] component of the territorial dispute with Suriname
Suriname
was arbitrated by the United Nations
United Nations
Convention on Law of the Sea, and a ruling was announced on 21 September 2007. The ruling concerning the Caribbean Sea north of both nations found both parties violated treaty obligations and declined to order any compensation to either party.[26] When the British surveyed British Guiana
British Guiana
in 1840, they included the entire Cuyuni River
Cuyuni River
basin within the colony. Venezuela
Venezuela
did not agree with this as it claimed all lands west of the Essequibo River. In 1898, at Venezuela's request, an international arbitration tribunal was convened, and in 1899 the tribunal issued an award giving about 94% of the disputed territory to British Guiana. The arbitration was concluded, settled and accepted into International law by both Venezuela
Venezuela
and the U.K. Venezuela
Venezuela
brought up again the settled claim, during the 1960s cold war period, and during Guyana's Independence period. This issue is now governed by the Treaty of Geneva of 1966, which was signed by the Governments of Guyana, Great Britain and Venezuela, and Venezuela
Venezuela
continues to claim Guayana Esequiba.[27] Venezuela
Venezuela
calls this region "Zona en Reclamación" (Reclamation Zone) and Venezuelan maps of the national territory routinely include it, drawing it in with dashed lines.[28] Specific small disputed areas involving Guyana
Guyana
are Ankoko Island
Ankoko Island
with Venezuela; Corentyne River[29] with Suriname; and Tigri Area
Tigri Area
or New River Triangle[30] with Suriname. In 1967 a Surinamese
Surinamese
survey team was found in the New River Triangle
New River Triangle
and was forcibly removed. In August 1969 a patrol of the Guyana Defence Force
Guyana Defence Force
found a survey camp and a partially completed airstrip inside the triangle, and documented evidence of the Surinamese
Surinamese
intention to occupy the entire disputed area. After an exchange of gunfire, the Surinamese
Surinamese
were driven from the triangle. Environment and biodiversity[edit] See also: Category:Flora of Guyana, Category:Fauna of Guyana, and Category:Orchids_of_Guyana

Satellite image of Guyana
Guyana
from 2004

Anomaloglossus beebei (Kaieteur), specific to the Guianas

The hoatzin is the national bird of Guyana

The following habitats have been categorised for Guyana: coastal, marine, littoral, estuarine palustrine, mangrove, riverine, lacustrine, swamp, savanna, white sand forest, brown sand forest, montane, cloud forest, moist lowland and dry evergreen scrub forests (NBAP, 1999). About 14 areas of biological interest have been identified as possible hotspots for a National Protected Area System. More than 80% of Guyana
Guyana
is still covered by forests, those forest also contains the worlds rarest orchids ranging from dry evergreen and seasonal forests to montane and lowland evergreen rain forests. These forests are home to more than a thousand species of trees. Guyana's tropical climate, unique geology, and relatively pristine ecosystems support extensive areas of species-rich rain forests and natural habitats with high levels of endemism. Approximately eight thousand species of plants occur in Guyana, half of which are found nowhere else. Guyana
Guyana
has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. With 1,168 vertebrate species and 814 bird species, it boasts one of the richest mammalian fauna assemblages of any comparably sized area in the world. The Guiana Shield
Guiana Shield
region is little known and extremely rich biologically. Unlike other areas of South America, over 70% of the natural habitat remains pristine. The rich natural history of British Guiana
British Guiana
was described by early explorers Sir Walter Raleigh
Walter Raleigh
and Charles Waterton
Charles Waterton
and later by naturalists Sir David Attenborough
David Attenborough
and Gerald Durrell. In February 2004, the Government of Guyana
Government of Guyana
issued a title to more than 1 million acres (4,000 km2) of land in the Konashen Indigenous District declaring this land as the Konashen Community-Owned Conservation Area (COCA), to be managed by the Wai Wai. In doing so Guyana
Guyana
created the world's largest Community-Owned Conservation Area.[31] This important event followed a request made by the Wai Wai community to the government of Guyana
Guyana
and Conservation International Guyana (CIG) for assistance in developing a sustainable plan for their lands in Konashen. The three parties signed a Memorandum of Cooperation which outlines a plan for sustainable use of the Konashen COCA's biological resources, identifies threats to the area's biodiversity, and helps develop projects to increase awareness of the COCA as well as generate the income necessary to maintain its protected status. The Konashen Indigenous District of Southern Guyana
Guyana
houses the headwaters of the Essequibo River, Guyana's principal water source, and drains the Kassikaityu, Kamoa, Sipu and Chodikar rivers. Southern Guyana
Guyana
is host to some of the most pristine expanses of evergreen forests in the northern part of South America. Most of the forests found here are tall, evergreen hill-land and lower montane forests, with large expanses of flooded forest along major rivers. Thanks to the very low human population density of the area, most of these forests are still intact. The Smithsonian Institution has identified nearly 2,700 species of plants from this region, representing 239 distinct families, and there are certainly additional species still to be recorded. Such incredible diversity of plants supports even more impressive diversity of animal life, recently documented by a biological survey organised by Conservation International. The clean, unpolluted waters of the Essequibo watershed support a remarkable diversity of fish and aquatic invertebrates, and are home to giant otters, capybaras, and several species of caimans. On land, large mammals, such as jaguars, tapirs, bush dogs, giant anteaters, and saki monkeys are still common. Over 400 species of birds have been reported from the region, and the reptile and amphibian faunas are similarly rich. The Konashen COCA forests are also home to countless species of insects, arachnids, and other invertebrates, many of which are still undiscovered and unnamed. The Konashen COCA is relatively unique in that it contains a high level of biological diversity and richness that remains in nearly pristine condition; such places have become rare on earth. This fact has given rise to various non-exploitative, environmentally sustainable industries such as ecotourism, successfully capitalising on the biological wealth of the Konashen COCA with comparatively little enduring impact. World Heritage sites[edit]

Kaieteur Falls
Kaieteur Falls
is the world's largest single-drop waterfall by volume

Guyana
Guyana
signed the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage treaty in 1977, the first Caribbean country to do so. In the mid-1990s, Guyana
Guyana
began the process of selecting sites for World Heritage nomination, and three sites were considered: Kaieteur National Park, Shell Beach and Historic Georgetown. By 1997, work on Kaieteur National Park
Kaieteur National Park
was started, and in 1998 work on Historic Georgetown was begun. To date, however, Guyana
Guyana
has not made a successful nomination.[citation needed] Guyana
Guyana
submitted the Kaieteur National Park, including the Kaieteur Falls, to UNESCO as its first World Heritage Site nomination. The proposed area and surrounds have some of Guyana's most diversified life zones with one of the highest levels of endemic species found in South America. The Kaieteur Falls
Kaieteur Falls
are the most spectacular feature of the park, falling a distance of 226 metres. The nomination of Kaieteur National Park
Kaieteur National Park
as a World Heritage Site was not successful, primarily because the area was seen by the evaluators as being too small, especially when compared with the Central Suriname
Suriname
Nature Reserve that had just been nominated as a World Heritage Site (2000). The dossier was thus returned to Guyana
Guyana
for revision.[citation needed] Guyana
Guyana
continues in its bid for a World Heritage Site. Work continues, after a period of hiatus, on the nomination dossier for Historic Georgetown. A tentative list indicating an intention to nominate Historic Georgetown was submitted to UNESCO in December 2004. In April 2005, two Dutch experts in conservation spent two weeks in Georgetown supervising architecture staff and students of the University of Guyana
Guyana
in a historic building survey of the selected area. This is part of the data collection for the nomination dossier.[citation needed] Meanwhile, as a result of the Kaieteur National Park
Kaieteur National Park
being considered too small, there is a proposal to prepare a nomination for a Cluster Site that will include the Kaieteur National Park, the Iwokrama Forest and the Kanuku Mountains. The Iwokrama rain forest, an area rich in biological diversity, has been described by Major General (Retired) Joseph Singh as "a flagship project for conservation." The Kanuku Mountains area is in a pristine state and is home to more than four hundred species of birds and other animals.[citation needed] Guyana
Guyana
holds two of the World Wildlife Fund's Global 200 eco-regions,[citation needed] the Guianan and Guiana Highlands
Guiana Highlands
moist forests. It is also home to several endemic species including the greenheart tree. Landmarks[edit]

St George's Cathedral, Georgetown

St George's Anglican
Anglican
Cathedral One of the tallest wooden church structures in the world and the second tallest wooden house of worship after the Tōdai-ji
Tōdai-ji
Temple in Japan. Demerara
Demerara
Harbour Bridge The world's fourth-longest floating bridge. Berbice
Berbice
Bridge The world's sixth-longest floating bridge. Caribbean
Caribbean
Community (CARICOM) Building Houses the headquarters of the largest and most powerful economic union in the Caribbean. Providence Stadium Situated on Providence on the north bank of the Demerara
Demerara
River and built in time for the ICC World Cup 2007, it is the largest sports stadium in the country. It is also near the Providence Mall, forming a major spot for leisure in Guyana. Guyana
Guyana
International Conference Centre Presented as a gift from the People's Republic
Republic
of China
China
to the Government of Guyana. It is the only one of its kind in the country. Stabroek Market A large cast-iron colonial structure that looked like a statue was located next to the Demerara
Demerara
River. City Hall A beautiful wooden structure also from the colonial era. Takutu River Bridge A bridge across the Takutu River, connecting Lethem in Guyana
Guyana
to Bonfim in Brazil.Takutu River Bridge Umana Yana An Amerindian benab, that is a national monument built in 1972, for a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Non-Aligned nations (It was rebuilt in 2016).

Economy[edit]

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Main articles: Economy of Guyana
Economy of Guyana
and Agriculture in Guyana See also: List of Guyanese companies

A tractor in a rice field on Guyana's coastal plain

Graphical depiction of Guyana's product exports in 28 colour-coded categories

The main economic activities in Guyana
Guyana
are agriculture (production of rice and Demerara
Demerara
sugar), bauxite mining, gold mining, timber, shrimp fishing and minerals. Chronic problems include a shortage of skilled labour and a deficient infrastructure. In 2008, the economy witnessed a 3% increase in growth amid the global economic crisis, grew an impressive 5.4% in 2011 and 3.7% in 2012. Until recently, the government was juggling a sizeable external debt against the urgent need for expanded public investment. Low prices for key mining and agricultural commodities combined with troubles in the bauxite and sugar industries, had threatened the government's tenuous fiscal position and dimmed prospects for the future. However, the Guyanese economy has rebounded slightly and exhibited moderate economic growth since 1999, thanks to an expansion in the agricultural and mining sectors, a more favourable atmosphere for business initiatives, a more realistic exchange rate, fairly low inflation, and the continued support of international organisations. The sugar industry, which accounts for 28% of all export earnings, is largely run by the company GuySuCo, which employs more people than any other industry. Many industries have a large foreign investment. For example, the mineral industry is heavily invested in by the American company Reynolds Metals
Reynolds Metals
and the British-Australian Rio Tinto's Rio Tinto Alcan subsidiary; the Korean/Malaysian Barama Company has a large stake in the logging industry. The production of balatá (natural latex) was once big business in Guyana. Most of the balata bleeding in Guyana
Guyana
took place in the foothills of the Kanuku Mountains in the Rupununi. Early exploitation also took place in the North West District, but most of the trees in the area were destroyed by illicit bleeding methods that involved cutting down the trees rather than making incisions in them. Uses of balatá included the making of cricket balls, the temporary filling of troublesome tooth cavities, and the crafting of figurines and other decorative items (particularly by the Macushi people of the Kanuku mountains). Major private sector organisations include the Private Sector Commission (PSC)[32] and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI);[33] The government initiated a major overhaul of the tax code in early 2007. The Value Added Tax
Value Added Tax
(VAT) was brought into effect, replacing six different taxes. Prior to the implementation of the VAT, it had been relatively easy to evade sales tax, and many businesses were in violation of tax code. Many businesses were very opposed to VAT introduction because of the extra paperwork required; however, the Government has remained firm on the VAT. By replacing several taxes with one flat tax rate, it will also be easier for government auditors to spot embezzlement. This was prevalent under the former PPP/C regime who authorised the VAT to be equal to 50% of the value of the good. While the adjustment to VAT has been difficult, it may improve day-to-day life because of the significant additional funds the government will have available for public spending. President Bharrat Jagdeo
Bharrat Jagdeo
had made debt relief a foremost priority of his administration. He was quite successful, getting US$800 million of debt written off by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in addition to millions more from other industrial nations. Jagdeo was lauded by IDB President Moreno for his strong leadership and negotiating skills in pursuing debt relief for Guyana
Guyana
and several other regional countries. Summary[edit]

Thatched roof
Thatched roof
houses in Guyana

GDP/PPP (2007 estimate)  US$3.082 billion (US$4,029 per capita) Real growth rate 3.6% Inflation 12.3% Unemployment 11.0% (2007)[34] Arable land 2% Labour force 418,000 (2001 estimate) Agricultural produce sugar, rice, vegetable oils, beef, pork, poultry, dairy products, fish, shrimp Industrial production bauxite, sugar, rice milling, timber, textiles, gold mining

Natural resources bauxite, gold, diamonds, hardwood timber, shrimp, fish Exports US$621.6 million (2006 estimate) sugar, gold, bauxite/alumina, rice, shrimp, molasses, rum, timber, citrus fruits. Imports US$706.9 million (2006 estimate) manufactured items, machinery, petroleum, food. Major trading partners Canada, US, UK, Portugal, Jamaica, Trinidad
Trinidad
and Tobago, China, Cuba, Singapore, Japan, Brazil, Suriname
Suriname
(2009)

International and regional relations[edit] The Organisation of American States (OAS)[edit] The Charter of the OAS was signed in Bogota in 1948 and was amended by several Protocols which were named after the city and the year in which the Protocol was signed, such as Managua in 1993 forming part of the name of the Protocol.[35] Guyana
Guyana
is listed as entering into the Inter – American system in 1991.[36] Summits of the Americas[edit] The last Summits of the Americas, the seventh, was held in Panama City, Panama
Panama
in 2015 with the eighth summit being held in Lima, Peru in 2018 according to the website of the Summits of Americas.[37] Indigenous Leaders Summits of Americas
Americas
(ILSA)[edit] With Guyana
Guyana
having many groups of indigenous persons and given the geographical location of the country, recent developments in the oil and gas sector internationally and offshore, (such as Eliza I and II) the contributions of the Guyanese to the OAS with respect to this area, that is indigenous people may be significant going forward.[38] The position of the OAS with respect to indigenous persons appears to be developing over the years. The following statements appear to capture the position of the OAS with respect to the ILSA :"The "OAS has supported and participated in the organisation of Indigenous Leaders Summits of Americas
Americas
(ILSA)" according to the OAS's website. The most recent "statement made by the Heads of State of the hemisphere was in the Declaration of Commitments of Port of Spain in 2009 – Paragraph 86" according to the OAS's website."[39] The Draft American Declaration of the Rights of the Indigenous Persons appears to be a working document. The last "Meeting for Negotiations in the Quest for Consensus on this area appeared to be Meeting Number (18) eighteen and is listed as being held in May 2015 according to the website.[40] List of International Organization Memberships[edit]

Organization of Islamic Cooperation[41]

Agreements which affect financial relationships[edit] The Double Taxation Relief (CARICOM) Treaty 1994[edit] At a CARICOM Meeting, representatives of Trinidad
Trinidad
and Tobago and Guyana, Kenneth Valley and Asgar Ally respectively signed The Double Taxation Relief (CARICOM) Treaty 1994 on 19 August 1994.[42] Earlier in the year, on 6 July 1994, representatives of eight (8) CARICOM countries signed similar agreements at Sherbourne Conference Centre, St. Michael, Barbados.[43] The other countries whose representatives signed the treaties in Barbados
Barbados
prior to Guyana's signing of a similar treaty were: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad
Trinidad
and Tobago.[44] This treaty covered taxes, residence, tax jurisdictions, capital gains, business profits, interest, dividends, royalties and other areas." FATCA[edit] On 30 June 2014, Guyana
Guyana
signed a Model 1 agreement with the United States of America in relation to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).[45] This Model 1 agreement includes a reference to the Tax Information Exchange Agreement (Clause 3) which was signed on 22 July 1992 in Georgetown, Guyana
Georgetown, Guyana
which was intended to exchange Tax information on an automatic basis. Demographics[edit] Main articles: Demographics of Guyana and Guyanese people

Guyana's population density in 2005 (people per km2)

A graph showing the population of Guyana
Guyana
from 1961 to 2003. The population decline in the 1980s can be clearly seen.

The chief majority (about 90%) of Guyana's 773,000 population lives along a narrow coastal strip which ranges from a width of 16 to 64 kilometres (10 to 40 mi) inland and which makes up approximately only 10% of the nation's total land area.[46] The present population of Guyana
Guyana
is racially and ethnically heterogeneous, with ethnic groups originating from India, Africa, Europe, and China, as well as indigenous or aboriginal peoples. Despite their diverse ethnic backgrounds, these groups share two common languages: English and Creole. The largest ethnic group is the Indo-Guyanese (also known as East Indians), the descendants of indentured servants from India, who make up 43.5% of the population, according to the 2002 census. They are followed by the Afro-Guyanese, the descendants of slaves from Africa, who constitute 30.2%. Guyanese of mixed heritage make up 16.7%, while the indigenous peoples (known locally as Amerindians) make up 9.1%. The indigenous groups include the Arawaks, the Wai Wai, the Caribs, the Akawaio, the Arecuna, the Patamona, the Wapixana, the Macushi and the Warao.[34] The two largest groups, the Indo-Guyanese and Afro-Guyanese, have experienced some racial tension.[47][48][49] The majority of Indo-Guyanese are descended from indentured servants who came from Bhojpuri-speaking areas of North India.[50] A sizable minority are South Indian, largely of Tamil and Telugu descent.[51] The distribution pattern in the 2002 census was similar to those of the 1980 and 1991 censuses, but the share of the two main groups has declined. Indo-Guyanese made up 51.9% of the total population in 1980, but by 1991 this had fallen to 48.6%, and then to 43.5% in the 2002 census. Those of African descent increased slightly from 30.8% to 32.3% during the first period (1980 and 1991) before falling to 30.2% in the 2002 census. With small growth in the overall population, the decline in the shares of the two larger groups has resulted in the relative increase of shares of the multiracial and Amerindian groups. The Amerindian population rose by 22,097 people between 1991 and 2002. This represents an increase of 47.3% or annual growth of 3.5%. Similarly, the multiracial population increased by 37,788 persons, representing a 43.0% increase or annual growth rate of 3.2% from the base period of 1991 census. The number of Portuguese (4.3% of the population in 1891) has been declining constantly over the decades.[52] Largest cities[edit]

Largest cities and towns of Guyana[53]

Rank Name Region Population

1 Georgetown Demerara-Mahaica 235,017

2 Linden Upper Demerara-Berbice 44,690

3 New Amsterdam East Berbice-Corentyne 35,039

4 Anna Regina Pomeroon-Supenaam 12,448

5 Bartica Cuyuni-Mazaruni 11,157

6 Skeldon East Berbice-Corentyne 5,859

7 Rosignol Mahaica-Berbice 5,782

8 Mahaica (village) Demerara-Mahaica 4,867

9 Parika Essequibo Islands-West Demerara 4,081

10 Vreed en Hoop Demerara-Mahaica 3,073

Language[edit] Main article: Languages of Guyana English is the official language of Guyana
Guyana
and is used for education, government, media, and services. The vast majority of the population speaks Guyanese Creole, an English-based creole with slight African and East Indian influence, as their native tongue.[54] In addition, Cariban languages
Cariban languages
(Akawaio, Wai-Wai, and Macushi) are spoken by a small minority, while Indic languages are retained for cultural and religious reasons. Religion[edit]

Religion in Guyana
Religion in Guyana
(2012 census)[55]    Pentecostal
Pentecostal
(23%)    Anglican
Anglican
(5%)    Seventh-day Adventist
Seventh-day Adventist
(5%)    Methodist
Methodist
(1%)   Other Christians[a] (21%)    Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
(7%)    Hindu
Hindu
(25%)    Muslim
Muslim
(7%)   Other (3%)    Irreligious (3%)

Main article: Religion in Guyana According to a 2002 nationwide census on religious affiliation, 57.4% of the population was Christian, 28.4% was Hindu, 7.2% was Muslim, 1.9% adhered to other religions, while 2.3% of the population did not profess any.[56] Among Christians, most are Protestants
Protestants
(34.8%) or other Christian (20.8%), but there is also a minority of Roman Catholics (7.1%). Among Hindu, Vaishnavism is the major tradition. Among Muslims, Sunni are in the majority, while there are also Shia and Ahmadiyya minorities. Among other religions, the Rastafari
Rastafari
movement, Buddhism, and the Baha'i Faith are the most popular. Government and politics[edit] Main article: Politics of Guyana

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The State House, Guyana's presidential residence

The Supreme Court of Guyana

Guyana's parliament building since 1834

The politics of Guyana
Guyana
takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic republic, in which the President of Guyana is both head of state and head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the President and the Government. Legislative power
Legislative power
is vested in both the President and the National Assembly of Guyana. Historically, politics are a source of tension in the country, and violent riots have often broken out during elections. During the 1970s and 1980s, the political landscape was dominated by the People's National Congress. In 1992, the first "free and fair" elections were overseen by former United States
United States
President Jimmy Carter, and the People's Progressive Party led the country until 2015. The two parties are principally organised along ethnic lines and as a result often clash on issues related to the allocation of resources. In the General Elections held on 28 November 2011, the People's Progressive Party (PPP) retained a majority, and their presidential candidate Donald Ramotar
Donald Ramotar
was elected as President. On 11 May 2015, early general elections were held, resulting in a victory for A Partnership for National Unity-Alliance for Change (APNU-AFC) Coalition party. APNU-AFC, a multi-ethnic, multi-party coalition, won a majority, 33 of 65 seats in the National Assembly. On 16 May 2015, retired army general David A. Granger
David A. Granger
became the eighth President of Guyana. Public procurement[edit] Public procurement in Guyana
Guyana
is overseen by the Public Procurement Commission, appointed under the Public Procurement Commission Act 2003. Due to lengthy delay in identifying and agreeing commission members, the commission was not appointed until 2016.[57] Military[edit] Main article: Guyana
Guyana
Defence Force The Guyana Defence Force
Guyana Defence Force
(GDF) is the military service of Guyana. Human rights[edit] See also: LGBT rights in Guyana Homosexual acts are illegal in Guyana.[58] Infrastructure and telecommunications[edit] Transport[edit] Main article: Transport in Guyana

Cross-border bridge from Guyana
Guyana
to Brazil
Brazil
near Lethem

There are a total of 187 kilometres (116 mi) of railway, all dedicated to ore transport. There are 7,969 kilometres (4,952 mi) of highway, of which 591 kilometres (367 mi) are paved. Navigable waterways extend 1,077 kilometres (669 mi), including the Berbice, Demerara, and Essequibo rivers. There are ports at Georgetown, Port Kaituma, and New Amsterdam. There are two international airports ( Cheddi Jagan
Cheddi Jagan
International Airport, Timehri and Eugene F. Correira International Airport (formerly Ogle Airport); along with about 90 airstrips, nine of which have paved runways. Guyana, Suriname
Suriname
and the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
are the only three regions in South America
South America
which drive on the left. Electricity[edit] Main article: Electricity sector in Guyana The electricity sector in Guyana
Guyana
is dominated by Guyana
Guyana
Power and Light (GPL), the state-owned vertically integrated utility. Although the country has a large potential for hydroelectric and bagasse-fueled power generation, most of its 226 MW of installed capacity correspond to inefficient thermoelectric diesel-engine driven generators.[citation needed] Several initiatives are in place to improve energy access in the hinterland. Telecommunications[edit]

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Per the CIA World Factbook:[34] Telephone system[edit]

Telephones : 154,200 main telephone lines (2012) Telephones – mobile cellular: 600,000+ (2014) Domestic: microwave radio relay network for trunk lines; fixed-line teledensity is about 20 per 100 persons; many areas still lack fixed-line telephone services; mobile-cellular teledensity reached 70 per 100 persons in 2011 International: country code – 592; tropospheric scatter to Trinidad; satellite earth station – 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)

Guyana
Guyana
Telephone & Telegraph (GT&T) is the main mobile phone provider[59][60][61] Digicel is also present in Guyana
Guyana
since 2007 providing mobile service for its citizens Radio broadcast stations[edit]

AM 3, FM 6, shortwave 1 (1998) FM 88.5 – Rock FM (New Amsterdam, Berbice)[62] FM 89.1 – NTN Radio (Georgetown, Demerara)[63] FM 89.3 – Radio Guyana
Guyana
Inc. (Essequibo re-transmission frequency)[64] FM 89.7 – Radio Guyana
Guyana
Inc. ( Berbice
Berbice
re-transmission frequency)[64] FM 89.5 – Radio Guyana
Guyana
Inc. (Georgetown, Demerara
Demerara
– Head Office)[64] FM 93.1 – Real FM (Georgetown, Demerara)[64] FM 94.1 – Boom FM (Georgetown, Demerara)[65] FM 98.1 – Hot FM (Georgetown, Demerara) FM 100.1 – Fresh FM (Georgetown, Demerara) FM 104.3 – Power FM (Linden, Demerara)

Television broadcast stations[edit] Television broadcast was officially introduced to Guyana
Guyana
in 1991.

15 (1 public station (channel 11); 14 private stations which relay US satellite services) (1997)

Of which are; L.R.T.V.S-Little Rock Television Station channel 10 (New Amsterdam, Berbice) H.G.P-Halagala General Productions television ( Beterverwagting Village, Demerara) RCA Television charity, Essequibo coast Satellite television[edit]

Satellite television services are offered by DirecTV Caribbean
Caribbean
and E-Networks.

Internet system[edit]

Internet country code: .gy Internet hosts: 6,218 (2008)[citation needed] Internet users: 270,200 (2014)[66]

Health[edit] Main article: Health in Guyana Life expectancy
Life expectancy
at birth is estimated to be 67.39 years for both males and females in 2012.[67] The PAHO/ WHO
WHO
Global Health Report 2014 (using statistics of 2012) ranked the country as having the highest suicide rate in the world, with a mortality rate of 44.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.[68][69] According to 2011 estimates from the WHO, HIV prevalence is 1.2% of the teen/adult population (ages 15–49).[70] Although Guyana's health profile falls short in comparison with many of its Caribbean
Caribbean
neighbours, there has been remarkable progress since 1988, and the Ministry of Health is working to upgrade conditions, procedures, and facilities.[citation needed] Education[edit] Main article: Education in Guyana

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Guyana's educational system is considered to be among the best in the Caribbean, but it deteriorated significantly in the 1980s, because of inadequate funding and emigration of many highly educated citizens. Although the education system recovered in the 1990s, it still does not produce the quality of educated students necessary for Guyana
Guyana
to modernise its workforce.[citation needed] The country lacks a critical mass of expertise in many of the disciplines and activities on which it depends. At 88.5%, Guyana's literacy rate is the worst in South America.[71] The educational system does not sufficiently focus on the training of Guyanese in science and technology, technical and vocational subjects, business management, or computer sciences.[citation needed] The Guyanese education system is modelled on the former British education system. Students are expected to take the NGSA (National Grade Six Assessment) for entrance into high school in grade 7. They take the CXC
CXC
at the end of high school. Schools have introduced the CAPE exams which all other Caribbean
Caribbean
countries have introduced. The A-level system, inherited from the British era, has all but disappeared and is offered only in a few schools. Further adding to the problems of the educational system, many of the better-educated professional teachers have emigrated to other countries over the past two decades, mainly because of low pay, lack of opportunities and crime.[citation needed] Culture[edit] Main article: Culture of Guyana See also: Literature of Guyana and Music of Guyana

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Holidays

1 January New Year's Day

Spring Youman Nabi

23 February Republic
Republic
Day / Mashramani

March Phagwah

March / April Good Friday

March / April Easter Sunday

5 May Indian Arrival Day

26 May Independence
Independence
Day

First Monday in July CARICOM Day

1 August Emancipation Day

October / November Diwali

25 December Christmas

26 or 27 December Boxing
Boxing
Day

Guyana's culture is very similar to that of the English-speaking Caribbean, and has historically been tied to the English-speaking Caribbean
Caribbean
as part of the British Empire
British Empire
when it became a possession in the nineteenth century. Guyana
Guyana
is a founding member of the Caricom ( Caribbean
Caribbean
Community) economic bloc and also the home of the Bloc's Headquarters, the CARICOM Secretariat. Guyana's geographical location, its sparsely populated rain-forest regions, and its substantial Amerindian population differentiate it from English-speaking Caribbean
Caribbean
countries. Its blend of Indo-Guyanese (East Indian) and Afro-Guyanese (African) cultures gives it similarities to Trinidad
Trinidad
and distinguishes it from other parts of the Americas. Guyana
Guyana
shares similar interests with the islands in the West Indies, such as food, festive events, music, sports, etc. Guyana
Guyana
plays international cricket as a part of the West Indies cricket team, and the Guyana
Guyana
team plays first-class cricket against other nations of the Caribbean. In March and April 2007 Guyana co-hosted the Cricket
Cricket
World Cup 2007. In addition to its CARICOM membership, Guyana
Guyana
is a member of CONCACAF, the international football federation for North and Central America and the Caribbean. Events include Mashramani
Mashramani
(Mash), Phagwah
Phagwah
(Holi), and Deepavali (Diwali). Wildlife[edit] Among the birds found on Guyana
Guyana
is cock of the rock (Rupicola rupicola).[72] Sports[edit] See also: Cricket
Cricket
in the West Indies

Providence Stadium
Providence Stadium
as seen from the East Bank Highway

The major sports in Guyana
Guyana
are cricket ( Guyana
Guyana
is part of the West Indies as defined for international cricket purposes[73]), basketball, football (soccer), and volleyball.[74] Minor sports include softball cricket (beach cricket), field hockey, netball, rounders, lawn tennis, table tennis, boxing, squash, rugby, horse racing and a few others. Guyana
Guyana
played host to international cricket matches as part of the 2007 Cricket
Cricket
World Cup (CWC 2007). The new 15,000-seat Providence Stadium, also referred to as Guyana
Guyana
National Stadium, was built in time for the World Cup and was ready for the beginning of play on 28 March. At the first international game of CWC 2007 at the stadium, Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga
of the Sri Lankan team took four wickets in four consecutive deliveries.[75] For international football purposes, Guyana
Guyana
is part of CONCACAF. The highest league in their club system is the GFF National Super League. Guyana
Guyana
also has five courses for horse racing.[76]

See also[edit]

Guyana
Guyana
portal Caribbean
Caribbean
Community portal

Index of Guyana-related articles LGBT rights in Guyana List of international rankings Outline of Guyana

Notes[edit]

^ Mostly made up of other Protestants, but also Eastern Orthodox, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses
and other Christians.

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Further reading[edit]

Brock, Stanley E. (1999). All the Cowboys Were Indians (Commemorative, illustrated (reprint of Jungle Cowboy) ed.). Lenoir City, TN: Synergy South, Inc. ISBN 978-1-892329-00-4. OCLC 51089880. Retrieved 7 January 2010.  Brock, Stanley E. (1972). Jungle Cowboy (illustrated ed.). London: Robert Hale Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7091-2972-1. OCLC 650259. Retrieved 7 January 2010.  Donald Haack, Bush Pilot in Diamond Country Hamish MacInnes, Climb to the Lost World (1974) Andrew Salkey, Georgetown Journal (1970) Marion Morrison, Guyana
Guyana
(Enchantment of the World Series) Bob Temple, Guyana Noel C. Bacchus, Guyana
Guyana
Farewell: A Recollection of Childhood in a Faraway Place Marcus Colchester, Guyana: Fragile Frontier Matthew French Young, Guyana: My Fifty Years in the Guyanese Wilds Margaret Bacon, Journey to Guyana Father Andrew Morrison SJ, Justice: The Struggle For Democracy in Guyana
Guyana
1952–1992 Daly, Vere T. (1974). The Making of Guyana. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-333-14482-4. OCLC 1257829. Retrieved 7 January 2010.  D. Graham Burnett, Masters of All They Surveyed: Exploration, Geography and a British El Dorado Ovid Abrams, Metegee: The History and Culture of Guyana Waugh, Evelyn (1934). Ninety-two days: The account of a tropical journey through British Guiana
British Guiana
and part of Brazil. New York: Farrar & Rinehart. OCLC 3000330. Retrieved 7 January 2010.  Gerald Durrell, Three Singles To Adventure Cheddi Jagan. The West on Trial: My Fight for Guyana's Freedom Cheddi Jagan. My Fight For Guyana's Freedom: With Reflections on My Father by Nadira Jagan-Brancier. Colin Henfrey, Through Indian Eyes: A Journey Among the Indian Tribes of Guiana. Stephen G. Rabe, US Intervention in British Guiana: A Cold War Story. Charles Waterton, Wanderings in South America. David Attenborough, Zoo Quest to Guiana (Lutterworth Press, London: 1956). John Gimlette, Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge, 2011. Clementi, Cecil (1915). The Chinese in British Guiana
British Guiana
(PDF). Georgetown, British Guiana: The Argosy Company Limited. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 

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Regions of Guyana

Barima-Waini Pomeroon-Supenaam Essequibo Islands-West Demerara Demerara-Mahaica Mahaica-Berbice East Berbice-Corentyne Cuyuni-Mazaruni Potaro-Siparuni Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Settlements in Guyana

For the definition of city, town, etc see Settlements in Guyana.

Cities

Georgetown

Towns

Albion Anna Regina Bartica Corriverton Fort Wellington Ituni Lethem Linden Mabaruma Mahaica Mahaicony New Amsterdam Paradise Rosignol Skeldon Vreed en Hoop

Villages

Adventure Aishalton Annai Arimu Mine Belfield Beterverwagting Better Hope Biloku Blairmont Burma Buxton Campbelltown Cane Grove Charity Clonbrook Crabwood Creek El Paso Enmore Enterprise Esau and Jacob Everton Fort Washington Good Hope Governor Light Hackney Helena Holmia Hope Hosororo Hyde Park Imbaimadai Isherton Issano Isseneru Jonestown Kabakaburi Kalkuni Kamarang Kamikusa Kamwatta Hill Kangaruma Kartabo Kartuni Keweigek Koriabo Kumaka, Barima-Waini Kumaka, East Berbice-Corentyne Kuru Kururu Kurupukari Kurupung Kwakwani Kwebanna Leonora Long Creek Lusignan Mahdia Maicobi Makouria Mara Matthew's Ridge Meten-Meer-Zorg Moleson Creek Mora Point Moraikobai Morawhanna Moruca New Found Out Nonpareil Orealla Orinduik Paramakatoi Parika Peters Mine Pickersgill Port Kaituma Port Mourant Potaro Landing Princeville Providence Rockstone Rose Hall Santa Rosa Saveretik Saxacalli Schoon Ord Seweyo Silver Hill Spring Garden St. Cuthbert's Mission St. Monica Karawab Soesdyke Stewartville Suddie Surama Takama Three Friends Timehri Towakaima Tumatumari Landing Tumatumari Tumereng Uitvlugt Unity Village Victoria Wakapau Wandaik Wel te Vreeden Weldaad Wichabai Wowetta Zeeburg Zeelandia

Communities

Abary Achiwib Annandale, Demerara-Mahaica Annandale, Pomeroon-Supenaam Apoteri Arakaka Asakata Baramita Belladrum Bush Lot

Estates

Catherinas Lust Dadanawa Ranch

Missions

Bethany Village

Neighbourhoods

Georgetown

Stabroek

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The Guianas

Current

Guayana

Esquiba

Guyana Suriname French Guiana Amapá

Former

British Guiana Counani Free Counani Trinidad-Guayana Dutch Guiana

Pre-1667 Surinam Suriname

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Countries and dependencies of South America

Sovereign states

Entire

Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Paraguay Peru Suriname Uruguay Venezuela

In part

France

French Guiana

Dependencies

Falkland Islands / South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

UK

International membership

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Members of the Commonwealth of Nations

Sovereign states (Members)

Antigua and Barbuda Australia Bahamas Bangladesh Barbados Belize Botswana Brunei Cameroon Canada Cyprus Dominica Fiji Ghana Grenada Guyana India Jamaica Kenya Kiribati Lesotho Malawi Malaysia Malta Mauritius Mozambique Namibia Nauru New Zealand Nigeria Pakistan Papua New Guinea Rwanda St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia St. Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Solomon Islands South Africa Sri Lanka Swaziland Tanzania The Gambia Tonga Trinidad
Trinidad
and Tobago Tuvalu Uganda United Kingdom Vanuatu Zambia

Dependencies of Members

Australia

Ashmore and Cartier Islands Australian Antarctic Territory Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Coral Sea Islands Heard Island and McDonald Islands Norfolk Island

New Zealand

Cook Islands Niue Ross Dependency Tokelau

United Kingdom

Akrotiri and Dhekelia Anguilla Bermuda British Antarctic Territory British Indian Ocean Territory British Virgin Islands Cayman Islands Falkland Islands Gibraltar Guernsey Isle of Man Jersey Montserrat Pitcairn Islands St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Turks and Caicos Islands

Source: Commonwealth Secretariat - Member States

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Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
(OIC)

Members

Afghanistan Albania Algeria Azerbaijan Bahrain Bangladesh Benin Burkina Faso Brunei Cameroon Chad Comoros Djibouti Egypt Gabon Gambia Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Indonesia Iran Iraq Ivory Coast Jordan Kuwait Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Lebanon Libya Maldives Malaysia Mali Mauritania Morocco Mozambique Niger Nigeria Oman Pakistan Palestine Qatar Saudi Arabia Senegal Sierra Leone Somalia Sudan Suriname Tajikistan Turkey Tunisia Togo Turkmenistan Uganda Uzbekistan United Arab Emirates Yemen

Suspended

Syria

Observers

Countries and territories

Bosnia and Herzegovina Central African Republic Northern Cyprus1 Russia Thailand

Muslim communities

Moro National Liberation Front

International organizations

Economic Cooperation Organization African Union Arab League Non-Aligned Movement United Nations

1 As the "Turkish Cypriot State".

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Union of South American Nations

Member states

Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Paraguay Peru Suriname Uruguay Venezuela Proposed: Trinidad
Trinidad
and Tobago

Summits

2004 2008 2009 Ecuador 2009 Argentina 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Topics

Cusco Declaration Constitutive Treaty President Pro Tempore Secretary General Bank of the South South American Parliament Initiative for Infrastructure Integration of South America Mercosur Andean Community

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Caribbean
Caribbean
Community (CARICOM)

Secretariat (Secretary-General)

Members

Antigua and Barbuda Bahamas1 Barbados Belize Dominica Grenada Guyana Haiti1 Jamaica Montserrat2 St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia St. Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname Trinidad
Trinidad
and Tobago

Associate members

Anguilla Bermuda British Virgin Islands Cayman Islands Turks and Caicos Islands

Observers

Aruba Colombia Curaçao Dominican Republic Mexico Puerto Rico Sint Maarten Venezuela

Institutions

Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) Court of Justice (CCJ) Disaster Emergency Management (CDEMA) Examinations Council (CXC) Meteorological Institute (CMI) Meteorological Organisation (CMO) Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Single Market and Economy (CSME)

Related organizations

CARIFORUM Organisation of Eastern Caribbean
Caribbean
States (OECS)

1 Member of the Community but not of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) 2 British overseas territory awaiting entrustment to join the CSME

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Organization of American States
Organization of American States
(OAS)

Members

Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Barbados Brazil Belize Bahamas Bolivia Canada Chile Colombia Costa Rica Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Grenada Guatemala Guyana Haiti Honduras Jamaica Mexico Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru St. Lucia St. Vincent and the Grenadines St. Kitts and Nevis Suriname Trinidad
Trinidad
and Tobago United States Uruguay

Renounced

Venezuela

Organization

Secretariat for Political Affairs Secretariat for Multidimensional Security General Assembly Inter-American Commission of Women Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Inter-American Court of Human Rights Pan American Union Building

Politics

Charter Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man American Convention on Human Rights Pan-American Conference Summits of the Americas

Americas Pan American Sports Organization

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English-speaking world

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Further links

Articles

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Lists

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Countries and territories where English is the national language or the native language of the majority

Africa

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Americas

Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda The Bahamas Barbados Belize Bermuda British Virgin Islands Canada Cayman Islands Dominica Falkland Islands Grenada Guyana Jamaica Montserrat Saba Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Sint Eustatius Sint Maarten South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Trinidad
Trinidad
and Tobago Turks and Caicos Islands United States United States
United States
Virgin Islands

Europe

Guernsey Ireland Isle of Man Jersey United Kingdom

Oceania

Australia New Zealand Norfolk Island Pitcairn Islands

 

Countries and territories where English is an official language, but not the majority first language

Africa

Botswana Cameroon The Gambia Ghana Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Mauritius Namibia Nigeria Rwanda Sierra Leone Somaliland South Africa South Sudan Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe

Americas

Puerto Rico

Asia

Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Hong Kong Special
Special
Administrative Region India Pakistan Philippines Singapore

Europe

Gibraltar Malta

Oceania

American Samoa Cook Islands Fiji Guam Kiribati Marshall Islands Micronesia Nauru Niue Northern Mariana Islands Palau Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon Islands Tokelau Tuvalu Vanuatu

Dependencies shown in italics.

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Guyana articles

History

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Slave Uprising (1763–1764) British Guiana
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(1831–1966)

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Politics

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