Magazine article New Internationalist

At a Glance

Magazine article New Internationalist

At a Glance

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Leader: President Bharrat Jagdeo.

Economy: GNI per capita $1,450 (Brazil $8,070; UK $41,520).

Monetary unit: Guyanese dollars (G$203 = US$1).

Main exports: Despite a 36% cut in sugar prices due to the end of European trade preferences, the crop still represents a quarter of exports. Bauxite and gold have a similar export share, while rice, shrimp, timber and rum are also significant. Remittances from the Guyanese diaspora represent a significant chunk of national income.

People: 762,498 (2009). Annual population growth rate -0.1%. Population per sq km 4.0 (UK 253). Some 90% of Guyana's population lives along the coastline.

Health: Infant mortality 29 per 100,000 live births (Brazil 17, UK 5) - this is down from 59 when last profiled 12 years ago. Lifetime risk of maternal death 1 in 150 (UK 1 in 4,700). HIV prevalence rate 1.2%. Access to clean water 94% and to decent sanitation 81%.

Environment: CO; emissions per capita 2. …

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