Guyana: Facts and Figures

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Police: 911,564
Police: Emergency Response Unit: 225-6411
Fire: 912
Ambulance: 913

CURRENCY

The local currency is the Guyana Dollar

TIME ZONE

GMT – 04:00

LOCATION

Guyana is situated on the North East of South America and is
the 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.

GEOGRAPHY

Guyana is the third-smallest country in South America after Suriname and Uruguay, it has four distinct geographical areas: the Low Coastal Plain; the Hilly Sand and Clay Belt; the High Land Region and the Interior Savannah. The area in square kilometers is 214,970 (83,000 square miles).

About 85% of the land area is still forested, and only 2.5% is cultivated. Coastline lays 1 to 1.5 meters below sea level at high tide necessitating 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.

CLIMATE

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 June, November to January). Average temperatures 24 °C– 31 °C. 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.

ECONOMY

The agricultural sector accounts for half the national GDP, producing sugar and rice for export, with extensive timber operations and a range of other products, from coffee to fish, fruits, fresh vegetables and well – respected brands of rum. Gold, bauxite and diamonds are mined.

CLOTHING

Lightweight, causal clothing can be worn throughout the
year.

HEALTH

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. Georgetown has one public and several private hospitals, these include:
1. Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation
2. St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital on Parade Street,
3. Prashad Hospital on Thomas Street
4. Davis Memorial in Lodge Back lands
5. Balwant Singh Hospital on East Streets
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.

INTERNET

For most customers, internet service is available nationally from 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 major Internet Service Providers in Guyana are:
• Guyana .net(www.guyana.net.gy)
• Inter Net Works(www.networksgy.com)
• Guyana Telephone & Telegraph (GT&T)

LANGUAGE

The official language is English. Often spoken with a Caribbean Creole flavour. Guyana is also the only English speaking country in South America.

MEDIA

There are four daily papers: Stabroek News, Guyana Chronicle, Kaieteur News and the Guyana Times. The well respected Catholic Standard and The Mirror are
published weekly.
There are over 20 TV stations: most rebroadcast US and other imports. GTV and GBC have merged as one entity- National Communication Network (NCN) operating as
Voice of Guyana, Radio Roraima and 98.1 FM, the main radio stations.

PLACES TO WORSHIP

The predominant religious groups are Christians, Hindus and Muslims. Each is well represented with its own churches, temples, mosques. They are also very dominant across the country in most villages where they are major landmarks featuring traditional architecture of the various groups.

POPULATION

Approximately 751,223 (Census 2002) of which 90% live along the coastal strip and banks of major rivers.

GOVERNMENT

Guyana became independent from Britain in 1966 and a “Cooperative 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.

GUYANA’S MISSIONS OVERSEAS

BELGIUM
Embassy of the Republic of Guyana
H.E Dr. Patrick Ignatius Gomes
Ambassador
12 Avenue du Bresil
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 322 – 675 – 6216
Fax: 322 – 672 – 5598
E-mail: embassy9.guyana@skynet.be


BRAZIL

Embassy of the Republic of Guyana
H. E. Harrinarine Nawbatt
Ambassador
SHIS Q I05 Conjunto 19 Cassa 24
Lago Sul , CEP 71615 – 190
Brasilia DF , Brazil
Tele: 55-61-3248–0874, 3248–0875, 3364-
5319
Fax: 55-61-3248–0886
E-mail: embguyana@embguyana.org.br

CHINA
Embassy of the Republic of Guyana
Mrs. Choo A Yin
Charge d’ Affaires a.i.
No. 1 Xiu Shui Dong Jie
Jian Guo Men Wai
Beijing ,China
Tele: 8610 – 6532 – 1601
Fax: 8610 – 6532 – 5741
E-mail: guyemb@public3.bta.net.cn
CUBA
Embassy of the Republic of Guyana
H. E. Mitradevi Ali
Ambassador
Calle 18, No. 506
Entre 5ta y 7ma , Miramar , Havana
Cuba .
Tele: 537 – 204 – 2094
Fax: 537 – 204 – 2867
E-mail: embguyana@enet.cu
INDIA
High Commission of the Republic of Guyana
H. E. Jairam Ronald Gajraj
High Commissioner
F-8/22 Vasant Vihar
New Delhi – 110057 , India
Tel: 91 11 4166 9717-8
Fax: 91 11 4166 9714
E-mail: hcommguy.del@gmail.com


LONDON

High Commission of the Republic of Guyana
H. E. Laleshwar K. N. Singh, C.C.H.
High Commissioner
3 Palace Court
Bayswater Road
London , W2 4LP , England
Tele: 44 – 207 – 229 – 7684
Fax: 44 – 207 – 727 – 9809
E-mail: guyanahc1@btconnect.com
Website: www.guyanahc.com
NEW YORK, USA
Consulate General for the Republic of
Guyana
Mr. Brentnold Evans
Consul General
Mr. M.R. Khan
Deputy Consul General
370 7th Avenue
Room 402, New York ,
New York 10001 , USA
Tel: 212 – 947 – 5115-6, 947 – 5110-9
Fax No: 212 – 947 – 5163
E-mail: guyanaconsulate@hotmail.com
NICKERIE, SURINAME
Consulate General for the Republic of
Guyana
Mr. Arlington Bancroft
Consul General
Doorga Shaw Straat #29
Nickerie , Suriname
Tele: 597-210-266
Fax: 597-212-080
E-mail: guyconsulnick@sr.net

OTTAWA, CANADA
High Commission of Guyana
H. E. Rajnarine Singh
High Commissioner
151 Slater Street
Suite 309
Ottawa , K1P 5H3 ,Canada
Tele: 613 – 235 – 7240, 235 -7249
Fax: 613 -235 -1447
E-mail: guyanahcott@rogers.com
PARAMARIBO, SURINAME
Embassy of the Republic of Guyana
H.E. Karshanjee Arjun
Ambassador
Henck Arron Straat No. 82
Paramaribo ,Suriname
Tele: 597 – 477 – 895, 472 – 509
Fax: 597- 472 – 679
E-mail: guyembassy@sr.net


PERMANENT MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS

Permanent Mission of Guyana to the United
Nations
Mr. George Talbot
Charge d’ Affaires a.i.
801 Second Avenue,
Suite 501 (Fifth Floor)
New York
New York 10017
USA
Tele: 212 – 573 – 5828-9
Fax: 212 -573 – 6225
E-mail: guyana@un.int
TORONTO, CANADA
Consulate General of the Republic of Guyana
Mr. Danny Doobay
Honorary Consul General
505 Consumers Road
Suite 206 Willowdale
Ontario M2J 4V8, Canada
Tele: 416- 494-6040, 494-6059, 494-2679
Fax: 416 – 494-1530
E-mail: info@guyanaconsulate.com


VENEZUELA

Embassy of the Republic of Guyana
H.E. Dr. Odeen Ishmael, C.C.H.
Ambassador
Quinta Roraima
Avenida El Paseo
Prados del Este
Caracas, Venezuela
Tele: 58 – 212 – 977 – 1158, 58- 212 – 975 -
3687
Fax: 212 – 976 – 3765
E-mail: embaguy@cantv.net
WASHINGTON
Embassy of the Republic of Guyana
H.E. Bayney Karran
Ambassador
2490 Tracy Place, N. W.
Washington , D.C. , 20008
USA
Tele: 202 – 265 – 3834, 265 – 6900-1, 328 –
1567
Fax: 202 – 232 -1297
E-mail: guyanaembassydc@verizon.net

AMBASSADORS & HIGH COMMISSIONS

REPRESENTED IN GUYANA

H. E. Manorma Soeknandan
Ambassador
Embassy of the Republic of Suriname and
Dean of the Diplomatic Corps
171 Peter Rose & Crown Streets
Queenstown
Georgetown
Tele: 592 226 7844; 225 2631; 225 2846
Fax: 592 225 0759
Email: surnmemb@gol.net.gy


H.E. Luiz Gilberto Seixas de Andrade

Ambassador
Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil
308 Church Street
Georgetown
Tele: 592 225 7970; 226 9693
Fax: 592 226 9063
Email: bragetown@solution.2000.net
guibrem@solutions2000.net


H.E. Fraser Wheeler

High Commissioner
British High Commission
44 Main Street
Georgetown
Tele: 592 226 5881-4
Fax: 592 225 3555
Email: bhcgeo@networks.gy.com
H.E. Francois Montour
High Commissioner
Canadian High Commission
High & Young Street
Kingston
Georgetown
Tele: 592 227 2081-2
Fax: 592 225 8380
Email: grgtn@international.gc.ca


H.E. Zhang Jungao

Ambassador
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
Track ‘B’
Mandela Avenue
Georgetown
Tele: 592 227 1651; 227 1652
Fax: 592 225 9228; 226 4308 (Commercial)
Email: prcemb@networks.gy.com or
chinaguyana@yahoo.com


H.E. Dario Morandy

Ambassador
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
296 Thomas Street
Georgetown
Tele: 592 226 1543; 226 6749; 226 9041
Fax: 592 225 3241
Email: embveguy@gol.net.gy
H.E. Pavel A Sergiev
Ambassador
Embassy of the Russian Federation
Public Road
Kitty
Georgetown
Tele: 592 227 1738: 226 9773
Fax: 592 227 2975
Email: reing@networks.gy.com


H.E. Subit Kumar Mandal

High Commissioner
Indian High Commission
307 Church Street
Georgetown
Tele: 592 226 3996; 226 8965; 226 3240
Fax: 592 225 7012
Email: hoc.georgetown@mea.gov.in
Ms. Karen Williams
Charge D’ Affaires
Embassy of the United States of America
Young & Duke Streets
Kingston
Georgetown
TELE: 592 226 3938; 225 7960; 225 4900
Fax: 592 2270240; 592 225 8497
Email: usembassy@hotmail.com

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Guyana Facts

Official Name
The Co-operative Republic of Guyana. Georgetown is the capital city.

National Symbols
Coat of ArmsNational Flag

 

Population

Approximately 751,223 (Census 2002) of which 90% live along the coastal strip and banks of the three major rivers. The ethnic composition of the population is as follows:

  • East Indian 43.5%
  • Black (African) 30.2%
  • Mixed 16.7%
  • Amerindian 9.1%
  • Other 0.5%

Location

North East of South America between 1o & 9o North Latitude and 57o & 61o West Longitude, bordering Venezuela to the West, Brazil to the South, Suriname to the East.

Language

The official language is English. Often spoken with a Caribbean Creole flavour. Guyana is also the only English speaking country in South America.

Government

Guyana became independent from Britain in 1966 and a “Cooperative 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.

President: Bharat Jagdeo
Prime Minister: Samuel Hinds

Other information

Currency: Guyana Dollar
Time Zone: GMT – 04:00
Area: 214,970 km2 or 83,000 sq mi
Country Code: 592
We drive on the left side of the road.

More information about Guyana | World Cities: Georgetown

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