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Guyana

Interesting facts

After Uruguay (176,215 square km) and Suriname (163,821 square km), Guyana (214,970 square km) is the third-smallest country on the mainland South America.

Other South American countries are Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay (total 12 countries).

Guyana became independent on 26 May 1966 from the United Kingdom. The country’s population consists of people of various ethnicities including Chinese,
Portuguese, East Indians, Europeans, Amerindians, and Africans who comfortably living alongside each other.

Interestingly, Guyana is also the only South American country where English is the official language. Official languages of other South American countries are:- Brazil – Portuguese; Venezuela – Spanish; Colombia – Spanish; Argentina – de facto Spanish; Peru – Spanish, Chile – Spanish; Ecuador – Spanish; Bolivia – Spanish and others; Paraguay – Spanish and Guarani; Suriname – Dutch; Uruguay – Spanish.

Guyana according to the English Oxford dictionary means “the land of many waters.”

The Dutch were the first to establish colonies in Guyana and later came the British

Guyana has territorial disputes with both Venezuela and Suriname.

Guyana has three main geographical regions. One is a low lying coastal plain, the other is savannah zone, and the third is the mountainous region.

Guyana is also home to the world’s largest single drop waterfall – the Kaieteur Falls. The falls has a total length of 251 meters and it is amongst the most powerful waterfalls in the world with an average water flow rate of 663 cubic meters per second.

The Essequibo at 1,010 kilometres (628 mi) long, the Courantyne River at 724 kilometres (450 mi), the Berbice at 595 kilometres (370 mi), and the Demerara at 346 kilometres (215 mi) are the four longest rivers of Guyana.

About three-quarter of Guyana is forested. And of this area, 60% is considered as primary forest. Some parts of the rainforests in Guyana are almost inaccessible by humans. And the country has a low rate of deforestation.

 
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