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The name Guyana is derived from an Amerindian word meaning "land of many waters". The word aptly describes the country with its extensive network of rivers and creeks and its large numbers of rapids and water-falls, including the famous Kaieteur Falls, which, with a perpendicular drop of 741 feet, is about five times the height of Niagara.*

1. Area: 214,970 sq km

2. Population: 769,095 (July 2007 est.)

3. Capital: Georgetown

5. Language: English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Urdu

7. Date of OAS membership: 1991

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10. Economy

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Updated: 9 June 2008


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