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Republic of Guyana

Motto: One People, One Nation, One Destiny

Location: On the northern coast of the South American continent bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north, Brazil to the southwest, Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the northwest.

Map of Guyana

History: Guyana was originally inhabited by Amerindians. It was settled by the Dutch in the 16th century and changed hands between the Dutch, British and French from the late 16th to 19th century and was finally ceded to Britain in 1814. Independence was achieved in 1966 and the Cooperative Republic of Guyana declared in 1970. Elections: Last elections 2015. Major Political Parties: People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/Civic),. People's National Congress (PNC), Working People's Alliance (WPA), The United Force (TUF)

Airport: Cheddi Jagan International
Status: Cooperative Republic
Independence Day - 26 May 1966
Republic Day - 23 February 1970
Capital: Georgetown


Head of Government: H.E. Mr. David Arthur Granger
President, Cooperative Republic of Guyana

Area: 214,970 km2 (83,000 sq miles)
Currency: Guyana Dollar (GYD)

Business Hours: Commercial: 08:00-16:00 hrs Monday to Friday; 08:00-12:30 hrs Saturday
Government: 08:00-16:00 hrs Monday to Thursday; 08:00-08:15:30 hrs Friday

National Holidays: 
New Year's Day (01 January)
Republic Day (23 February)
Good Friday (as decreed)
Easter Monday (as decreed)
Labour Day (01 May)
Phagwah (as decreed)
Eid-ul-Azah (as decreed)
Youman Nabi (as decreed)
CARICOM Day (first Monday in July)
Freedom Day (01 August)
Diwali (as decreed)
Christmas Day (25 December)
Boxing Day (26 December)

Date of CARICOM Membership: 1 August 1973

National Anthem 

Dear Land of Guyana
Dear land of Guyana, of rivers and plains
Made rich by the sunshine, and lush by the rains,
Set gem-like and fair between mountains and sea -
Your children salute you, dear land of the free.

Green land of Guyana, our heroes of yore
Both bondsmen and free, laid their bones on your shore;
This soil so they hallowed, and from them are we,
All sons of one mother, Guyana the free.

Great land of Guyana, diverse though our strains,
We are born of their sacrifice, heirs of their pains,
And ours is the glory their eyes did not see -
One land of six peoples, united and free.

Dear land of Guyana, to you will we give
Our homage, our service, each day that we live;
God guard you, great Mother, and make us to be
More worthy our heritage - land of the free.

(Words by A.L. Luker, music by R.C.G. Potter)

Highest National Award: Order of Excellence

Popular Cuisine includes but is not limited to: Pepperpot; Cook-up; Curry and roti etc.

Geographic 001 - Location Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Suriname and Venezuela (link:None) 002 - Longitude & Latitude Between 1 degree and 9 degrees North Latitude and 57 degrees and 61 degrees West Longitude 003 - Area total: 214,970 sq km water: 18,120 sq km land: 196,850 sq km Economic 004 - GDP by sector agriculture: 35% industry: 21% services: 44% (2002 est.) People & Culture 005 - Ethnic Groups Africans, Amerindians, Chinese, Europeans, East Indians, Portuguese, Mixed.