Guyana

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Kaieteur Falls in Guyana

Country Guyana  (Link to map of Guyana)
Continent South America
Capital Georgetown
Population 736,000; Life expectancy  68.4 years
Language English (official), Guyanese Creole, Amerindian languages, Indian languages, Chinese
Religion  Protestant 35%, Hindu 25%, Roman Catholic 7%, Muslim 7%, Other Christian 21%, none 3%
Terrain Mostly rolling highlands; low coastal plain; savanna in south; highest point- Mount Roraima (2,835 meters); lowest point-Atlantic Ocean.

Land Use; Agricultural 8%; Forest 77%; Other 14%

Sports Cricket is the most popular sport.
Animals Jaguar,  Red-Handed Tamarin, toucan
Facts of Interest Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America.

Substantial portions of its western and eastern territories are claimed by Venezuela and Suriname respectively.

The abolition of slavery in the 1800’s led to the settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations.

The economy is heavily dependent on the export of six commodities—sugar, gold, bauxite, shrimp, timber and rice.

Concerns Guyana’s emigration rate is among the highest in the world-55% of its citizens reside abroad; more than 80% of those with a tertiary education level have emigrated

Chronic problems include a shortage of skilled labor and a deficient infrastructure.

Zika virus has been identified in Guyana

Guyana is a source and destination country for men, women and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor

Mission The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) relates to its partner churches in Guyana through the Caribbean and North American Council for Mission. Tits current priorities are working to eliminate violence against women, eliminate human trafficking and eliminate poverty.
Sources CIA, Animals of the World,  Presbyterianmission.org