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Guyana celebrates 50 years of independence

 
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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”.

  1. Guyana’s population is 735,445.
  2. Guyana’s capital and largest city is Georgetown.
  3. The currency used is the Guyanese Dollar.
  4. The Golden Arrowhead, Guyana’s national flag has five symbolic colours.
  5. Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America.
  6. The major religions of Guyana are Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.
  7. The national motto of Guyana is “One People, One Nation, One Destiny.”
  8. About 70% of the total area of Guyana is covered with rain forests.
  9. The highest point in Guyana is Mount Roraima (2,835 meters).
  10. Guyana is the third-smallest country on the mainland of South America.
  11. Guyana is bordered by Venezuela to the north-west, Brazil to the south and Suriname to the east.
  12. Slavery was banned in 1834.
  13. The longest river in Guyana is the Essequibo River (1009.06 kilometres long).
  14. In Guyana’s total population, 36% of the residents are of African descent, while half of the people are of East Indian origin.
  15. In size, Guyana is larger than New York state.
  16. Guyana is divided into ten regions.
  17. Literacy in Guyana sits at 88.5%.
  18. In 1978, the country gained fame in the wrong way when Jim Jones, a religious cult leader, and his 900 supporters committed suicide.
  19. The main exports in Guyana are sugar, gold, bauxite/alumina, rice and shrimp.
  20. The major languages of Guyana are English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Hindi and Urdu.
  21. Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning “land of many waters.”
  22. The current president of Guyana is David A. Granger.
  23. Just under 35% of the population is connected to the Internet.
  24. Guyana is 214,969 square kilometers (83,000 square miles).
  25. Over 400 species of birds have been reported from the region.
  26. Most of Guyana’s population (90%) lives in a narrow coastal strip.
  27. .gy is the Internet country code domain for Guyana.
  28. Guyana is one of FreeBalance’s favourite customers.
  29. Guyana is the only nation state of the Commonwealth of Nations on the mainland of South America.
  30. Cricket is considered the most popular sport.
  31. Guyana has competed in 16 Summer Olympic Games.
  32. Life expectancy in Guyana is 66.
  33. The Hoatzin is the national bird of Guyana.
  34. Arthur Chung was the first president of Guyana from 1970 to 1980.
  35. Cheddi Jagan International Airport is the national airport of Guyana.
  36. Multi-platinum Grammy award winning musician Rhianna is part-Guyanese.
  37. Guyana was originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century.
  38. The national anthem of Guyana is called “Dear Land of Guyana, of Rivers and Plains”.
  39. Guyana’s GDP in 2015 was $5.77 billion.
  40. Guyana has 117 airports.
  41. Approximately 566,900 people own a cellular device.
  42. Guyana has a tropical climate with almost uniformly high temperatures.
  43. The official name of Guyana is the “Co-operative Republic of Guyana.”
  44. The Omai Gold Mine in Guyana is one of the largest open-pit gold mines in South America.
  45. Victoria Amazonica is the national flower of Guyana.
  46. The Felis pantera whose common name is the Jaguar is the national animal of Guyana.
  47. The national day of Guyana is celebrated on February 23 every year.
  48. Pepper pot is the national dish of Guyana.
  49. 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.
  50. Guyana has a government which can be described as: Republic

Sources: Wikipedia, CIA World Factbook, Encyclopedia.com, Atlantablackstar.com

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Michael Sutherland-Shaw

Michael Sutherland-Shaw

Marketing Communications Specialist at FreeBalance
Michael works in the marketing and communications department following a career in journalism. Michael is currently learning Ruby on Rails and loves discovering new music.

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