Here are some interesting Guyana Facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.
Where is Guyana? Guyana is located on the South American continent bordering the North Atlantic Ocean.
Guyana is one of four South American countries located completely in the Northern Hemisphere. The capital city is called Georgetown.
Below you see a map of Guyana with the three neighbouring countries Venezuela - to the West, Suriname - to the East and Brazil - in the South.
Guyana is roughly double the size of the state of Tennessee/ USA and about the same size as Great Britain, the largest isle of the UK.
To reach Guyana, it takes a 11-hour-flight from London/UK and from New York/USA, a flight takes about 14 hours to reach Cheddi Jagan International airport in Georgetown.
Guyana is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and more than 75% of the land area are covered by forests.
The landscape is dominated by dense rainforest in the north, west and the south. There are some desert and savanna areas in extreme western parts as well as coastal plains along the coastline where most of the people live.
Here are some fascinating facts about Guyana:
The vast majority of the Guyanese people live along the country’s Atlantic coastline and around the capital city Georgetown.
Guyana Facts: The biggest ethnic groups in Guyana are the Indo-Guyanese and Afro-Guyanese people. Guyanese people have ancestors and family links in many countries. There are:
About half the Guyanese are Christians and one quarter are Hindu, while Muslims make up less than one tenth of the population.
Folk religions are also practised, often also with the predominant religions. The most celebrated holidays include the Christian holidays Christmas and Easter, the Hindu festival Holi and the colourful national holiday referred to as 'Mash' or 'Mashramani' that celebrates the anniversary of Guyana becoming a republic.
The people mainly communicate in English and Guyanese Creole, which is a language that includes words from English as well as various Indian and African languages. Indigenous languages such as Wai Wai, Macushi or Akawaio are only spoken by few people nowadays.
The most common sports are cricket, soccer and basketball. Guyana rodeo is a popular annual event as much as the Rupununi Music and Arts Festival, an outdoor camping and music event, that usually takes place every March/April over the Easter weekend.
Guyana has precious natural resources such as gold, diamonds, bauxite and aluminium ores. In recent years, large oil and gas deposits have been found off the Guyana coast.
Rice, sugar cane and timber are the main agricultural products and are exported to a large part.
The country's most important trading partners are Trinidad and Tobago, the USA, Canada and Portugal.
The Guyanese cuisine is heavily influenced by the various cooking styles of the Indians, Amerindians and African immigrants. The typical dishes in Guyana contain rice, leafy greens, cassava as well as meats and seafood including shrimps or crabs.
Typical Guyanese food and drinks include:
The national animal of Guyana is the jaguar. Other fascinating wildlife are leatherback turtles, caimans, tapirs, tamanduas (anteaters) and pacas (large rodents which are common in Central America too).
Guyana also is home to rare giant otters as well as giant anteaters, that are the largest ant eater species in the world.
Guyana is known for its pristine rainforests and very high biodiversity. Over 2,700 plants have been identified in Guyana and a vast number of jungle plants are still unrecorded.
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