In 2006, Guyana was located in South America and bordered by Brazil to the south, Venezuela to the west, and Suriname to the east. It had a population of around 750,000 people with a majority of African heritage. English was the official language but many Guyanese citizens also spoke a variety of local languages such as Berbice Creole Dutch and Caribbean Hindustani. The main religion is Christianity with a strong presence of Hinduism and Islam in some areas.
According to constructmaterials, Guyana had been an independent nation since 1966 after centuries of foreign rule. Despite this, poverty levels were still quite high and inequality was widespread compared to other countries in South America. In 2006, Guyana’s economy was largely dependent on its exports of agricultural products as well as minerals made by major corporations such as RUSAL Guyana Ltd. There were some efforts to diversify its economy by encouraging foreign investment but with limited success. The healthcare system was also inadequate with poor access to basic medical care for much of the population as well as relatively high rates of infant mortality and malnutrition compared to other countries in South America.
Guyana. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Guyana include Independence Day (May 26) and New Year (January 1). President Bharrat Jagdeo won over his opponent Robert Corbin in the August 28 presidential election with just over 54% of the vote and was thus elected for a second term. A tense political situation in the country for several years has created fears of unrest in connection with the election. Already in April, opposition members resigned from the National Electoral Commission on the grounds that the government had manipulated it to secure victory in the August elections. After the election was postponed three weeks, four workers were murdered on Kaieteur News, one of the country’s largest newspapers supporting President Jagdeo, and the editor-in-chief hinted at political motives. Despite this, the election was conducted without incidents and actually became the calmest in many years. Jagdeo’s election results matched very closely with the proportion of Indians in Guyana, who usually vote for Jagdeo’s Party PPP/C (People’s Progressive Party/Civic). However, a new multi-ethnic party, AFC (Alliance for Change), managed to get together 10% of the vote, which showed that there is no longer an ethnic vote in G. The blacks, who make up 43% of the population, usually vote for Corbin’s PNCR (People’s), for example. National Congress Reform), but the party got far less share of votes than that. In the congressional elections held simultaneously, PPP/C’s representation was increased from 34 to 36 seats. PNCR’s dropped from 27 to 22 and AFC gained five places. That PPP/ C won despite political scandals and a poor economy was primarily attributed to PNCR’s lack of election work.
Guyana is a dream destination for nature and adventure travelers. Tourists can admire the Amazon rainforest, beautiful waterfalls and rare fauna. Most of the interior of the country is tropical rainforest. The climate is tropical hot, but the sea breezes bring their own relief.
- According to abbreviationfinder, GY is the abbreviation code for Guyana.
Area: 214,969 km²
Population: 750,204 (estimate 7/2020)
Population: Guyana’s three largest populations are Indians, Africans, and Indians.
Language: English (official language)
Religion: Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.
Main products: Bauxite, sugar
Form of government: Republic