Home   The Games   Nations   Sports   Venues   Manchester  * Kid's Zone  Medals  Results 
*The Official Site Manchester 2002 The XVII Commonwealth Games**
*The Americas
You are in:  Nations > The Americas > Guyana
Guyana*Guyana flag
Basic facts
The country 
View larger map, this will open in a new window

Capital: Georgetown
Area: 214,969 sq km; 83,000 sq miles
Population:  703,399 (2000 Estimate)
Urbanisation: Urban 37 per cent (1998 Estimate); Rural 63 per cent (1998 Estimate)


Exports: Sugar, bauxite, gold, alumina, rice, shrimp, molasses

Industry: Bauxite mining, sugar, rice milling, timber, fishing (shrimp), textiles, gold mining

Agriculture: Sugar cane, rice, wheat, oilseeds, cattle, pigs, poultry

Currency: 1 Guyana dollar (G$), consisting of 100 cents

Natural resources: Bauxite, gold, diamonds, manganese, petroleum, hardwood timber, shrimp, fish


The people

Ethnic: East Indian 51 per cent, Black and mixed 43 per cent, Native American 4 per cent, European and Chinese 2 per cent

Language: English (official), Hindi, Urdu, Native American dialects. The official language is English. Hindi, Urdu and Native American languages are also spoken.

Religion: Christian 57 per cent, Hindu 33 per cent, Muslim 9 per cent, Other 1 per cent. About 42 per cent of the people are Christian, most of them Anglican or Roman Catholic. The remainder are mainly Hindu (34 per cent) or Muslim (9 per cent).


The history

Independence: 26 May 1966 (from the United Kingdom)

Government: The country achieved independence in May 1966. Guyana is governed under a constitution adopted in 1980. The head of state and chief executive of Guyana is a President, elected to a five-year term of office by the National Assembly. The President appoints a cabinet, headed by a Prime Minister.

*Falkland Islands
*St Helena
 © Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games | Legal Notice