This former British colony is the only English-speaking country in South America, located between Suriname and Venezuela on the north coast of the continent. Guyana has a diverse population which includes descendants of Indian, African, Amerindian, and multiracial groups. The largest ethnic group are the Indo-Guyanese, who are the descendants of indentured laborers brought over from India during the colonial era.

Guyana has one of the largest unspoiled rainforests in South America, inhabited by rare species such as the giant otter and harpy eagle. It is rich in natural resources such as rich reserves of bauxite, gold and timber and its sugar industry accounts for almost 30% of its national wealth. The major sports in Guyana are cricket (team is part of the West Indies national side), basketball, football, and volleyball.

Average Monthly Earnings

Employment-to-Population Ratio

Unemployment Rate

Employment by Sector

Agriculture 15.9%
Industry 24.9%
Services 59.2%

Employment Distribution by Education

Age 15+

Less than Basic 9.8%
Basic 47.3%
Intermediate 34.0%
Advanced 7.3%
Level Not Stated 1.6%

Age 15-24

Less than Basic 1.8%
Basic 39.6%
Intermediate 53.0%
Advanced 5.1%
Level Not Stated 0.5%

Age 15-64

Less than Basic 9.3%
Basic 47.0%
Intermediate 34.8%
Advanced 7.4%
Level Not Stated 1.5%

Age 25+

Less than Basic 11.9%
Basic 49.2%
Intermediate 29.1%
Advanced 7.9%
Level Not Stated 1.9%

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