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Saturday, June 23, 2012

GUYANA - The 168th Country Visitor.



A visitor from GUYANA visited my website today - the 168th Country to visit my Blog.
Let's learn something about this South American country - the "Land of many waters".

Land of many waters 
GEOGRAPHY:
Guyana is the size of Idaho and is situated on the northern coast of South America, east of Venezuela, west of Suriname, and north of Brazil. A tropical forest covers more than 80% of the country.
map of Guyana

HISTORY:
The Warrou people were the indigenous inhabitants of Guyana. The Dutch, English, and French established colonies in what is now known as Guyana, but by the early 17th century the majority of the settlements were Dutch. During the Napoleonic wars Britain took over the Dutch colonies of Berbice, Demerara, and Essequibo, which became British Guiana in 1831.
Slavery was outlawed in 1834, and the great need for plantation workers led to a large wave of immigration, primarily of East Indians. Today, about half of the population is of East Indian descent and about 36% are of African descent.
In 1889, Venezuela voiced its claim to a large swath of Guyanese territory, but ten years later an international tribunal ruled the land belonged to British Guiana.

FACTS and FIGURES:
Government: Republic.
President: Donald Ramotar (2011)
Prime Minister: Samuel Hinds (1992)
Land area: 76,004 sq mi (196,850 sq km); total area: 83,000 sq mi (214,970 sq km)
Population (2012 est.): 741,908 (growth rate: –0.327%); birth rate: 16.69/1000; infant mortality rate: 35.59/1000; life expectancy: 67.39
Capital and largest city: Georgetown, 132,000
Monetary unit: Guyanese dollar
Languages: English (official), Amerindian dialects, Creole, Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Urdu
Ethnicity/Race: East Indian 43.5%, black (African) 30.2%, mixed 16.7%, Amerindian 9.1%, other 0.5% (2002 census)
Religions: Protestant 30.5% (Pentecostal 16.9%, Anglican 6.9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5%, Methodist 1.7%), Hindu 28.4%, Roman Catholic 8.1%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.1%, Muslim 7.2%, other Christian 17.7%, other 4.3%, none 4.3% (2002 census)
National Holiday: Republic Day, February 23
Literacy rate: 99% (2003 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2011 est.): $5.814 billion; per capita $7,500. 
Real growth rate: 5.3%. 
Inflation: 2.5%. 
Unemployment: 11% (2007). 
Arable land: 2.23%. 
Labor force: 313,100 (2009 est.); agriculture n.a., industry n.a., services n.a. 
Agriculture: sugarcane, rice, wheat, vegetable oils; beef, pork, poultry, dairy products; fish, shrimp. Industries:bauxite, sugar, rice milling, timber, textiles, gold mining. 
Natural resources: bauxite, gold, diamonds, hardwood timber, shrimp, fish. 
Exports: $1.059 billion (2011 est.): sugar, gold, bauxite/alumina, rice, shrimp, molasses, rum, timber. 
Imports: $1.601 billion (2011 est.): manufactures, machinery, petroleum, food. 
Major trading partners: Canada, U.S., Netherlands, UK, Portugal, Belgium, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, China, South Korea, Ukraine (2010).
Member of Commonwealth of Nations
Communications: 
Telephones: main lines in use: 149,900 (2010); mobile cellular: 555,400 (2010). 
Broadcast media: government-dominated broadcast media; the National Communications Network (NCN) TV is state-owned; a few private TV stations relay satellite services; the state owns and operates 2 radio stations broadcasting on multiple frequencies capable of reaching the entire country; government limits on licensing of new private radio stations continue to constrain competition in broadcast media (2007). 
Internet hosts: 24,840 (2011). 
Internet users: 189,600 (2009).
Transportation: Highways: total: 7,970 km; paved: 590 km; unpaved: 7,380 km (2001 est.). 
Waterways: 330 km (the Berbice, Demerara, and Essequibo rivers are navigable by oceangoing vessels for 150 km, 100 km, and 80 km respectively) (2010) . 
Ports and terminals: Georgetown. 
Airports: 96 (2010).


Photos:
Georgetown from above
Georgetown - capital of Guyana
seaside of the Atlantic Ocean
one of the most beautiful view in Guyana
another one in Guyana
Takutu bridge - joining Brazil..
Guyanese family..
the national 4x400m relay team
Guyana coins
cultural Guyanese
modern Guyanese
Miss Guyana.

Have a nice day...

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