May 26, 2016Michael Sutherland-Shaw
It’s not every day you celebrate 50 years of independence.
To mark this special day in Guyana, FreeBalance has compiled a list of 50 facts you should know about “the land of thousand rivers”.
- Guyana’s population is 735,445.
- Guyana’s capital and largest city is Georgetown.
- The currency used is the Guyanese Dollar.
- The Golden Arrowhead, Guyana’s national flag has five symbolic colours.
- Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America.
- The major religions of Guyana are Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.
- The national motto of Guyana is “One People, One Nation, One Destiny.”
- About 70% of the total area of Guyana is covered with rain forests.
- The highest point in Guyana is Mount Roraima (2,835 meters).
- Guyana is the third-smallest country on the mainland of South America.
- Guyana is bordered by Venezuela to the north-west, Brazil to the south and Suriname to the east.
- Slavery was banned in 1834.
- The longest river in Guyana is the Essequibo River (1009.06 kilometres long).
- In Guyana’s total population, 36% of the residents are of African descent, while half of the people are of East Indian origin.
- In size, Guyana is larger than New York state.
- Guyana is divided into ten regions.
- Literacy in Guyana sits at 88.5%.
- In 1978, the country gained fame in the wrong way when Jim Jones, a religious cult leader, and his 900 supporters committed suicide.
- The main exports in Guyana are sugar, gold, bauxite/alumina, rice and shrimp.
- The major languages of Guyana are English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Hindi and Urdu.
- Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning “land of many waters.”
- The current president of Guyana is David A. Granger.
- Just under 35% of the population is connected to the Internet.
- Guyana is 214,969 square kilometers (83,000 square miles).
- Over 400 species of birds have been reported from the region.
- Most of Guyana’s population (90%) lives in a narrow coastal strip.
- .gy is the Internet country code domain for Guyana.
- Guyana is one of FreeBalance’s favourite customers.
- Guyana is the only nation state of the Commonwealth of Nations on the mainland of South America.
- Cricket is considered the most popular sport.
- Guyana has competed in 16 Summer Olympic Games.
- Life expectancy in Guyana is 66.
- The Hoatzin is the national bird of Guyana.
- Arthur Chung was the first president of Guyana from 1970 to 1980.
- Cheddi Jagan International Airport is the national airport of Guyana.
- Multi-platinum Grammy award winning musician Rhianna is part-Guyanese.
- Guyana was originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century.
- The national anthem of Guyana is called “Dear Land of Guyana, of Rivers and Plains”.
- Guyana’s GDP in 2015 was $5.77 billion.
- Guyana has 117 airports.
- Approximately 566,900 people own a cellular device.
- Guyana has a tropical climate with almost uniformly high temperatures.
- The official name of Guyana is the “Co-operative Republic of Guyana.”
- The Omai Gold Mine in Guyana is one of the largest open-pit gold mines in South America.
- Victoria Amazonica is the national flower of Guyana.
- The Felis pantera whose common name is the Jaguar is the national animal of Guyana.
- The national day of Guyana is celebrated on February 23 every year.
- Pepper pot is the national dish of Guyana.
- According to the Worldwide Waterfall Database’s rankings of the top waterfalls in the world, Guyana is home to the No. 2 waterfall — Kaieteur Falls.
- Guyana has a government which can be described as: Republic
Sources: Wikipedia, CIA World Factbook, Encyclopedia.com, Atlantablackstar.com
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