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Guyana Travelling Guide
Guyana Travelling Guide

General background: Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966 and became a republic in 1970. In 1989 Guyana launched an Economic Recovery Program, which marked a dramatic reversal from a state-controlled, socialist economy towards a more open, free market system. Results through the first decade have proven encouraging.

Area comparative: Slightly smaller than Idaho

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

Terrain: Mostly rolling highlands; low coastal plain; savanna in south

Population: 698,209

Ethnic groups: East Indian 50%, Black 36%, Amerindian 7%, White, Chinese, and Mixed 7%

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

Language: English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Hindi, Urdu

Government type: Republic within the Commonwealth

Capital: Georgetown

Legal system: Based on English common law with certain admixtures of Roman-Dutch law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.

Economic overview: The Guyanese economy has exhibited moderate economic growth since 1999, based on an expansion in the agricultural and mining sectors, a more favorable atmosphere for business initiatives, a more realistic exchange rate, fairly low inflation, and the continued support of international organizations. Chronic problems include a shortage of skilled labor and a deficient infrastructure. The government is juggling a sizable external debt against the urgent need for expanded public investment. Low prices for key mining and agricultural commodities combined with troubles in the bauxite and sugar industries threaten the government's already tenuous fiscal position and dim prospects for 2002.

Communication/Telephone system: Fair system for long-distance calling.

Places of interest: Guyana has immense falls, vast tropical rainforest and savanna teeming with wildlife.

Travel tips: Though violence against foreigners is uncommon, visitors are advised to avoid walking after dark, maintain alertness at all times and keep out of Georgetown's Tiger Bay area.