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Country Profile - Guyana

COUNTRY OVERVIEW

Guyana is the third-smallest sovereign state on mainland South America, and is its only English speaking country. The region known as “the Guianas” consists of the large shield landmass north of the Amazon River and east of the Orinoco River known as the “land of many waters”.

Guyana

General Information:

Capital: Georgetown

Language: English (official), Guyanese Creole, Amerindian languages (including Caribbean and Arawak languages), Indian languages (including Caribbean Hindustani, a dialect of Hindi), Chinese (2014 est.)

Religion: Protestant 34.8% (Pentecostal 22.8%, Seventh Day Adventist 5.4%, Anglican 5.2%, Methodist 1.4%), Hindu 24.8%, Roman Catholic 7.1%, Muslim 6.8%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.3%, Rastafarian 0.5%, other Christian 20.8%, other 0.9%, none 3.1% (2012 est.)

Currency: Guyanese dollar

Cryptocurrency: In Guyana, cryptocurrency is still controversial and there is not yet any cryptocurrency regulation in place.

GMT: (-) 4 h

Most of the country is covered in tropical rainforest it has struggled to overcome poverty. About one-third of the Guyanese population lives below the poverty line; indigenous people are disproportionately affected.  

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