General Information, Facts and Statistics

General Information

The BBC country profiles include links to relevant BBC coverage, Guyanese newspapers, radio stations, TV channels and an online country timeline giving a survey of key events. Update information provided.

The US Department of State offers a detailed country profile on Guyana with focus on implications for US/US policy. 

Portals to the world provides a collection of annotated website links for every nation. Links are to both government sites as well as outside servers.

Comprehensive link collection, part of the Latin American Information Network (LANIC) mega-site maintained by the University of Texas (Austin). Problems: links are not annotated, frequency of updates unclear.

The searchable version of the ‘Library of Congress Handbook of Latin American Studies’ is the mayor source forbibliography of books and articles concerning Guyana. Essential guide to academic resources, includes annotations. Updated annually (alternates between humanities and social sciences).


Official websites on Guyana

Das Auswärtige Amt bietet Länderinformationen über Guyana, gibt Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise sowie informiert über die Wirtschaftslage und Wirtschaftsstruktur des Landes.

The official website of Guyana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The official website of Guyana's Government Information Agency.


Facts and Statistics

The Country Indicator for Foreign Policy (CIFP) project represents an on-going effort to identify and assemble statistical information conveying the key features of the political, economic, social and cultural environments of countries around the world.  Maintained by Carleton University (Canada).

The International Data Base (IDB) contains statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world. Output is displayed in charts and graphs, but can also be modified individually for use in spreadsheets etc. Maintained by the US Census Bureau.

The CIA World Factbook is a reliable, much-quoted resource on basic country statistics. Update information provided.

Geography and Maps


The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection offers a comprehensive collection of maps in various formats (political, thematic, relief, etc.). Maintained by the University of Texas (Austin).

Embassy World provides a collection of maps of various countries including Guyana.

The Maps of World site provides both maps of Guyana and basic information on the country.


Geography, Climate, Geology

Tim Merrill, ed. Guyana: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, 1992. Includes information on GeographyClimateand Rivers.

Biological Diversity of the Guiana Shield (BDG) is a program to help document, understand, and conserve the biological diversity of the Guiana Shield area.

The Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society (GMTCS) - tries to raise awareness of and promote community-based wildlife management of marine turtles.

The Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development (IIC) is an autonomous not-for-profit research and development institution established by Guyana and the Commonwealth. This page features information on the rain forest conservation and the dissemination of technologies promote the sustainable development of the region.

News and Media


Guyana Chronicle - government-owned daily

Sunday Chronicle - weekly, published by Guyana Chronicle

Stabroek News - private daily

The Catholic Standard - church weekly

Kaieteur News - private daily

Mirror - private, published twice a week


News Agency

Government Information Agency (GINA)



National Communications Network (NCN) - state-owned, operates Voice of Guyana and Hot FM



National Communications Network (NCN) TV (Channel 11) - state-owned


General Media Information/ Web Portals

The news service of the ‘Caribseek’ portal site brings together all news sources from and about the Caribbean.

News site, compiling news from a very wide range of different sources, allowing users to quickly and easily find targeted news on the Internet.

‘BBC Caribbean’ provides news concerning the Caribbean and a variety of audio programs.

Politics, Society and Culture

Political and Legal Situation

The Guide to Law Online by the U.S. Law Library of Congress is an annotated compendium of online sources for legal information including selected links to primary documents, legal commentary, and general government information about specific jurisdictions and topics. offers an index of political sites available on the Internet, sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media.

Wikipedia has an extensive list of political parties in Guyana.

The Political Database of the Americas (PDBA) maintained by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Georgetown Universityprovides the collection, systematization, dissemination, and exchange of information, data, statistics, and institutions from a political perspective, comparative studies; and other resources relevant to the 35 countries of the region.


Human Rights Situation

Human Rights Watch offers frequent reports on human rights issues in each country.

Amnesty International offers up-to-date information (reports, news releases) on human rights issues in each country from 1996 to date.

The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices offers a detailed overview of the human rights situation in each country. Submitted annually to Congress by the US Department of State.



The BBC Country Profiles include an online timeline of each country.

History of Nations is based on information from the US Department of State and highlights each nation's history.  

Wikipedia's History of Guyana.

Guyana News and Information provides informative links to read on the History of Guyana.

Sandra W. Meditz and Dennis M. Hanratty, editors. Caribbean Islands: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, 1987. Includes information on the

Historical and Cultural Setting,

The European SettlementsThe Colonial Period,

The Sugar Revolutions and Slavery and on

Political Independence.


Slave Trade and Slavery

The Atlantic Slave Tradeand Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record‘ is a collection of 1,000 images depicting Atlantic slavery. Images cover a broad geographic range, with the majority from West and West Central Africa, the English and French Caribbean, Brazil, and the United States. Engravings, paintings, portraits, photographs and punishment devices.

'Slave Resistance: A Caribbean Study' is a historical overview of issues related to slavery and resistance. Site developed by students at the University of Miami and includes a series of student essays.


Colonial Period

‘Caribbean Views’ presents a collection of high quality visual images (thumbnail, large and zoomable images) and texts housed in the British Library in London representing contrasting views of life in the British colonies in the Caribbean during the 18th and 19th centuries. The texts include almanacs, journals, travel narratives, personal narratives of former slaves, abolitionist tracts, and occasional letters and wills.

Empire Online is an exciting collection of original documents relating to Empire Studies, sourced from libraries and archives around the world. Each Section features thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. (Access only via university network or vpn client)

The Making of the Modern World: full text database providing access to a myriad of historical documents, mostly related to economic and colonial history. (Access only via university network or vpn client)


Native American History

KACIKE: Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology offers articles dedicated to correct the long standing impression that Caribbean Amerindians were either irrelevant to the making of the modern societies and cultural formations found in the Caribbean basin, merely mute witnesses to history, or that they have been altogether absent in post-colonial Caribbean history.



The searchable version of the ‘Library of Congress Handbook of Latin American Studies’ is the mayor source for bibliography of books and articles concerning Guyana. Essential guide to academic resources, includes annotations. Updated annually (alternates between humanities and social sciences).

Religions, Language and Art


Archived version of a website by the university of Virginia containing/providing detailed profiles of more than two hundred different religious groups and movements, essays by scholars and teaching resources. Date of last update indicated.



‘A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters’ (Calabash) is an international literary journal dedicated to publishing works encompassing, but not limited to, the Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanophone and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Contributions are subdivided into poetry, fiction, non-fiction and come in PDF format. Maintained by the New York University.

Ethnic groups and Indigenous people(s)

Indigenous people(s)

The Caribbean Amerindian Centerlink (CAC) is the only resource that seeks to gather and organise all possible sites about and by Caribbean Amerindians' and publishes two magazines (Issues in Caribbean Amerindian Studies, Kacike: The Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology). The site contains full-text versions of historical books/documents Update information provided.