Random Facts: Guyana

Guyana marked their independence from Britain on 26th May 1966.

Guyana, formerly British Guiana, is the only country in South America in which English is the official language, but most Guyanese speak Guyanese Creole, or “broke broke English” as they commonly call it. The repetition of “broke” in that phrase is an example of a Guyanese form of emphasis. “Dis wata de col col” means “This water is very cold”.

Guyana’s only Olympic medal was won in 1980 when Michael Anthony took bronze in the men’s bantamweight boxing.

More than 80 percent of Guyana is covered by rainforest.

The national dish of Guyana is pepperpot, made of stewed meat with cinnamon, peppers, and a sauce called cassareep, made from cassava root.

The Kaieteur Falls in Guyana are 741 feet high, which is five times the height of the Niagara Falls.

The country’s official name is the “Co-operative Republic of Guyana.” Its motto is “One People, One Nation, One Destiny.”

Kaieteur Falls