Living in Guyana…………..
English is the official language of Guyana and is used for education, government, media, and services. The vast majority of the population speaks Guyanese Creole, an English-based creole with slight African and East Indian influence, as their native tongue. In addition, Cariban languages (Akawaio, Wai-Wai, and Macushi) are spoken by a small minority, while Indic languages are retained for cultural and religious reasons.
The Culture of the South American nation, Guyana, is very similar to that of the English speaking Caribbean, so much so that Guyana is considered a Caribbean Nation. Guyana shares similar interests with the islands of the West Indies, such as food, festive events, music, sports, etc. Guyanese culture reflects the influence of African, Indian, French, Amerindian, Chinese, British, Dutch, Portuguese, Caribbean, and American culture.
Data from a 2002 census on religious affiliation indicates that approximately 57% of the population is Christian. 28% are Hindu and 7% are Muslims. An estimated 4% of the population does not profess any religion. Most Guyanese Christians are either Protestants or Roman Catholics and include a mix of all races.
Police: 911, 564, 225-6411
Police: Emergency Response Unit: 225-6411(24hrs), 226-4585 Impact: 225-2317, 227-4064-5
CID Headquarters: 225-3650, 225-8196, 226-6978
Police Headquarters: 226-2487, 226-2488, 227-4656
Traffic Headquarters: 227-2272, 226-9431, 227-2349 Operations Brickdam: 227-1270, 227-1149
Fire: 912, 226-2411-13
Guyana is located on the North East Coast of South America and is its only English speaking country. Between 1o & 9o North Latitude and 57o & 61o West Longitude, bordering Venezuela to the West, Brazil to the South, Suriname to the East.
Guyana is the fourth-smallest country in South America after French Guiana, Suriname and Uruguay; it has four distinct geographical areas: the Low Coastal Plain; the Hilly Sand and Clay Belt; the Highland Region and the Interior Savannahs. The area is 214,970 sq.km. Approximately 75% of the land area is still intact forest, and 2.5% is cultivated. The coastline is 1 metre to 1.5 metres below sea level at high tide necessitating an elaborate systems of drainage canals. The most valuable mineral deposits are bauxite, gold, and diamonds. The main rivers are the Demerara, Berbice, Corentyne and Essequibo.
Guyana is a tropical destination that is pleasant and warm for most of the year, humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; two rainy seasons (May to mid August, November to January). Mean temperature of 27 ° C and the average temperature range from 24 ° C to 31 ° C. Rainfall is approximately 2,300mm a year in Georgetown.
Lightweight, causal clothing can be worn throughout the year. However longs are recommended for the evening along with mosquito repellent to safeguard against mosquito bites
There is a risk of malaria in certain parts of the interior. Consult your doctor for the required precautions if you intend to travel there. Georgetown and coastal areas are Malaria-Free. Municipal Hospitals and Health Care Centres exist within rural and outer lying communities with medivac services available in cases of emergency Further information can be obtained from the Ministry of Health on Telephone Numbers: (592) 226 7338 or (592) 226 1366.
For most customers, internet service is available nationally through independent providers. Service is also available in most hotels and at many internet cafés which have been established across the country. Some hotels and restaurants provide Wi-Fi at no charge to patrons using their laptops. The informative home pages of these service providers have useful links to other sites. The sustainable development programme site, www.sdnp.org.gy has links to several NGOs, conservation groups, and international organizations as well.
There are four daily papers; Kaieteur News, Stabroek News, Guyana Times Newspaper and the national paper; Guyana Chronicle Newspaper. There are over twenty (20) Television Stations and five (5) privately owned radio station and one (1) government operated radio station.
The official language is English, often spoken with a Caribbean Creole flavour. Guyana is also the only English speaking country in South America.
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The predominant religious groups are Christians, Hindus and Muslims. Each is well represented with its own churches, temples, mosques. They are found across the country where the major landmarks featuring traditional architecture may be seen.
Guyana’s population is approximately 747,884 (Census 2012) of whom 90% live along the coastal strip and banks of major rivers.
Guyana became independent from Britain in 1966 and a Co-operative Republic in 1970, when a non executive President replaced the Governor-General. A new constitution in 1980 gave the President wide executive powers. The Cabinet is headed by the President, and there is a 65-member National Assembly elected by proportional representation.
Navigating Guyana, check out the maps and landmarks below……