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Updated: Oct 1, 2022

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Country Name

Guyana, or officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.


It is located on the northern mainland of South America. Guyana is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Brazil to the south and

southwest, Venezuela to the west, and Suriname to the east.

Guyana is the third-smallest sovereign state in mainland South America after Uruguay and Suriname.



Reason for Naming the country

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "Guyana" comes from an indigenous Amerindian language and means "land of many waters".


The flag of Guyana is known as The Golden Arrowhead. The flag was adopted in May 1966 when the country gains independence from the United Kingdom.​

The flag has a unique design of two triangles- one within the other-

arising from the same base, it contains five colors, Red, Black, Yellow, White, and Green.

Green represents the agricultural and forested nature of Guyana, White represents the rivers and water potential of the country, The yellow arrow represents Guyana's mineral wealth, Black represents the resistance of the Guyanese people, and Red represents the zeal and dynamic nature of nation-building which lies before the young and independent Guyana."