- Georgetown; 231,000
- 214,969 square kilometers (83,000 square miles)
- English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Hindi, Urdu
- Christian, Hindu, Muslim
- Guyanese dollar
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $3,800
- Literacy Percent:
Guyana Facts Flag
Tropical rain forest shrouds more than 80 percent of this English-speaking former British colony on the north coast of South America. During 150 years of rule, Britain imported Africans and East Indians as laborers, and Guyana forged close trade ties with the Caribbean. Since independence in 1966, Guyanese have supported a parliamentary system. Sugar, bauxite, rice, and gold lead among exports. Guyana's high debt burden to foreign creditors and territorial disputes with Suriname and Venezuela continue to hamper the government.
- Industry: Bauxite, sugar, rice milling, timber, textiles
- Agriculture: Sugar, rice, wheat, vegetable oils; beef; shrimp
- Exports: Sugar, gold, bauxite/alumina, rice, shrimp
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, this list reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainable-minded, and of course superlative in the world of travel today.
See our roundup of the best guided expeditions in Central and South America for 2011.
Get inspired with our Ultimate Adventure Bucket List, a collection of 40 trips that range from totally extreme to actually doable.
2014 Traveler Photo Contest
Submit your best shots for a chance to be featured in our weekly galleries and to win a grand prize trip for two to Alaska.