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Guyana is South America's little-known curiosity that lies between Suriname, Brazil and Venezuela. It is the only English speaking country in South America and covers an area of 83,000 square miles. Guyana is derived from an Indigenous Amerindian language and means "land of many waters". The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), of which Guyana is a member, is headquartered in Guyana's capital and largest city, Georgetown. English is the official language of Guyana and is used for education, government, media, and services. The main economic activities in Guyana are agriculture (production of rice and Demerara sugar), bauxite mining, gold mining, timber, shrimp fishing and minerals.
The present population of Guyana is racially and ethnically heterogeneous, with ethnic groups originating from India, Africa, Europe, and China, as well as indigenous or aboriginal peoples. Despite their diverse ethnic backgrounds, these groups share two common languages: English and Creole. Most Indo-Guyanese are descended from Bhojpuri-speaking Bihari and Uttar Pradesh migrants. Many Indo-Guyanese are also descended Tamil speaking Tamils from Tamil Nadu, and Telugus of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in South India.
Guyana is divided into three counties; Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice and have four geographical regions; the interior savannahs, the highland region, the hilly sand and clay area and the low coastal plain.
Guyana is made up of ten administrative regions; Region 1 - Barima Waini, Region 2 - Pomeroon-Supenaam, Region 3 - Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, Region 4 - Demerara- Mahaica, Region 5 Mahaica-Berbice, Region 6 - East Berbice - Corentyne, Region 7 - Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Region 8 - Potaro-Siparuni, Region 9 - Upper Takutu- Upper Essequibo and Region 10 - Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice.
Georgetown the Capital of Guyana is a garden by itself with its flora and fauna blended nicely together; more than 200 species of birds can be found in the capital alone; gardens, parks, zoo, museums and an array of historical buildings including the St Georges Cathedral purportedly the tallest wooden building in the world.
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