Where is Guyana?

Located in Northern South America, Guyana has a 2,933.00 km border with Brazil (1,308 km), Suriname (836 km) and Venezuela (789 km). It has a 459.00 km coastline. All of the area west of the Essequibo River is claimed by Venezuela, preventing any discussion of a maritime boundary.

Guyana is a South American country covering 214,969.00 km2 of which 8.43% is water and 196,849.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 83rd largest country in the world and slightly smaller than Idaho. Its geographic coordinates are 5 00 N, 59 00 W and Georgetown is the capital city.

The country's name is derived from Guiana, which is the original name for a region that included British Guiana, Dutch Guiana, and French Guiana.

Its ISO code is GY.


Guyana has a mean elevation of 207 m above sea level.

It has a tropical climate which is hot and humid with two rainy season from May to August and November to January. Its terrain is made up of mostly rolling highlands, with some savanna in the south.


Guyana has a population of 735,909 making it the 165th largest in the world. The majority of the country's population is found in and around Georgetown.

English is the official language. The major ethnic groups reported include East Indian, black, and mixed. The majority of the country is Protestant, with significant Hindu, Roman Catholic, and Muslim minorities.

The dialing code for the country is 592.


Guyana is an independent country. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. Its constitution was last ratified in 1980.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Guyana's GDP is $6,051,000,000.00 (USD) with $7,900.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 166th largest economy and its citizens the 148th richest in the world. The currency of Guyana is the Dollar (GYD).

Its major export partners are the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Its main exports are sugar, gold, bauxite, and alumina. Its major import partners are the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, and China. Its major imports include manufactures, machinery, petroleum, and food.

This page was last modified on January 17th, 2018