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Last Minute Tips Before you Travel to Guyana

  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC -4
  • Electricity: 120/240V 50/60Hz(bring an adapter/transformer for your hair drier, laptop, cellullar phone etc.)
  • Currency: Guyanese Dollar (G$)
  • Country Dialing Code: 592

Guyana

Location
Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Suriname and Venezuela

Capital
Georgetown

Population
765,283 note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2005 est.)

Regions
10 regions; Barima-Waini, Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Demerara-Mahaica, East Berbice-Corentyne, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, Mahaica-Berbice, Pomeroon-Supenaam, Potaro-Siparuni, Upper Demerara-Berbice, Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo

Climate
tropical; hot, humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; two rainy seasons (May to mid-August, mid-November to mid-January)

Ethnic groups
East Indian 50%, black 36%, Amerindian 7%, white, Chinese, and mixed 7%

Religions
Christian 50%, Hindu 35%, Muslim 10%, other 5%

Languages
English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Hindi, Urdu

Government type
republic within the Commonwealth

Background
Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to black settlement of urban areas and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. This ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, but until the early 1990s it was ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president, in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. Upon his death five years later, he was succeeded by his wife Janet, who resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001.

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