Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966 and became a republic in 1970. In 1989 Guyana launched an Economic Recovery Program, which marked a dramatic reversal from a state-controlled, socialist economy towards a more open, free market system. Results through the first decade have proven encouraging.
||196,850 sq km
||slightly smaller than Idaho
||English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Hindi, Urdu