Guyana was originally three Dutch Latin American colonies. After the colony was ceded to the British in 1814, the three were combined into British Guiana. After independence in 1966, it established a socialist governance that for a long time was greatly influence by the CIA and other outside players Guyana has undergone several peaceful changes of power through free and fair elections and is home to the headquarters of the Caribbean Community, an organization of Caribbean and Latin American nations.

General Information
Official Name: 
Cooperative Republic of Guyana
Capitol: 
Georgetown
Population: 
796,000
Languages: 
English, Guyanese Creole
Geographic Region: 
Geographic Size (km sq): 
214,969
Year of UN Membership: 
1966
Year of Present State Formation: 
1966
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Key Statistics & Indicators
Gross Domestic Product (GDP, Nominal): 
$3.142 Billion
Per Capita Income (PPP Adjusted): 
$8,735 (CID)
GDP Growth: 
5.30 (%)
Human Development Index (HDI): 
0.64
Gini Index (Income Inequality): 
44.60
Unemployment: 
11.20%
Economic Grouping: 
Developing Country
Small Island Developing State
History
International Relations
UN Voting Blocs & Caucuses: 
Group of 77 (G-77)
Latin America Group
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
Islamic Group
Major International & Regional Organizations: 
ACP: African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States
AOSIS: Alliance of Small Island States
Commonwealth of Nations (British)
CariCom: Caribbean Community
CD: Community of Democracies
CDB: Caribbean Development Bank
CELAC: Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
IADB: Inter-American Development Bank
ICRM: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
IFRCS: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Interpol: International Criminal Police Organization
IOC: International Olympic Committee
IOM: International Organization for Migration
ISO: International Organization for Standardization
LAES/SELA: Latin American and Caribbean Economic System
OAS: Organization of American States
OIC: Organization of Islamic Cooperation
OPANAL: Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean
PCA: Permanent Court of Arbitration
Petrocaribe
UNASUR: Union of South American Nations
WCO: World Customs Organization
WFTU: World Federation of Trade Unions
UN Specialized Agencies & Organizations: 
CTBTO: Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
IAEA: International Atomic Energy Agency
IBRD: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organization
ICSID: International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
IDA: International Development Association
IFAD: International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFC: International Finance Corporation
ILO: International Labor Organization
IMF: International Monetary Fund
IMO: International Maritime Organization
ITU: International Telecommunications Union
MIGA: Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
OPCW: Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNIDO: United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UPU: Universal Postal Union
WBG: World Bank Group
WHO: World Health Organization
WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization
WMO: World Meteorological Organization
WTO: World Trade Organization
Bilateral Relations
United Nations Data
Government Sources
UN Mission
801 Second Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 573-5828/5829
(212) 573-6225
guyana@un.int
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