Guyana is on the north-east corner of the South American continent. It borders Venezuela to the west, Brazil to the south, and Suriname to the east.
Guyana is 216,000 square kilometers in area (83,000 square miles). The country has four distinct geographical areas: the coastal belt, the forested interior, the savannah zone, and the sandy zone. Over 80% of the land area is still forested, and only 2.5% is cultivated. The country's coastline lies 1 to 1.5 meters below sea level at high tide necessitating elaborate systems of drainage canals. The most valuable mineral deposits are bauxite, gold and diamonds. The main rivers are the Demerara, Berbice and Essequibo.
The official language is English, often spoken with a Caribbean Creole flavour.
Wording courtesy of Tourism & Hospitality Association of Guyana
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