Full Country Name:
Co-operative Republic of Guyana
215,000 km2 (83,000 sq mi)
The main economic activities in Guyana are agriculture (production of rice and Demerara sugar), bauxite and gold mining, timber, shrimp fishing and minerals.
Modern Guyana is bordered to the east by Suriname, to the south and southwest by Brazil, to the west by Venezuela, and on the north by the Atlantic Ocean. It has 2,462 km of land boundaries with its neighbors, Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela, and a coastline of 459 km.
At 215,000 km2, (83,000 square miles), Guyana is the third-smallest independent state on the mainland of South America (after Uruguay and Suriname). Its population is approximately 770,000, with 240,000 persons residing in the capital city of Georgetown.
The climate in Guyana is hot, but pleasant for most of the year, particularly in the coastal belt which is cooled by the ocean breeze. The average temperature ranges between 75°F and 87°F (24°C and 31°C). The rainy season occurs in May and June, and then again in December and January, with an average annual rainfall of 91 inches (231 cm).