Republic of Guyana
Area: 83,000 sq mi (214,970 sq km)
Population (2004 est.): 705,803 (growth rate: 0.6%); birth rate: 17.9/1000; infant mortality rate: 37.2/1000; life expectancy: 62.4; density per sq mi: 9
Monetary unit: Guyanese dollar
Languages: English (official), Amerindian dialects, Creole, Hindi, Urdu
Ethnicity/race: East Indian 50%; black 36%; Amerindian 7%; white, Chinese, and mixed 7%
Religions: Christian 50%, Hindu 35%, Islam 10%, other 5%
Literacy rate: 99% (2003 est.)
Natural resources: bauxite, gold, diamonds, hardwood timber, shrimp, fish. Exports: $512 million (f.o.b., 2003 est.): sugar, gold, bauxite/alumina, rice, shrimp, molasses, rum, timber. Imports: $612 million (f.o.b., 2003 est.): manufactures, machinery, petroleum, food. Major trading partners: Canada, U.S., Netherlands Antilles, UK, Jamaica, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, Italy, Cuba.
Member of Commonwealth of Nations
The green represents the agricultural and forested nature of Guyana, white symbolizes the rivers and water potential of the country, a golden arrow represents Guyana's mineral wealth, black portrays the endurance that will sustain the forward thrust of the Guyanese people and red represents the zeal and dynamic nature of nation-building which lies before the young and independent Guyana.
Guyana is the size of Idaho and is situated on the northern coast of South America east of Venezuela, west of Suriname, and north of Brazil.
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Guyana, of rivers and plains;