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The country profiles are intended to provide some background and context for the descriptions of the churches. These profiles should be read in conjunction with those of the churches in the country.

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Surface area:84000 km2
GNI per capita:5300 US$
Classification:Developing economy



Christian: 51.00%

Hindu: 33.00%

Muslim: 8.00%

Indigenous: 4.00%

Baha'i: 2.00%

Other: 2.00%


Protestants: 186500

Catholics: 88000

Independent: 73360

Pentecostals: 61640

Anglicans: 55000

Orthodox: 9400

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Guyana was settled by the Dutch in 1616 and remained Dutch colonies until the late eighteenth century when the British assumed control.  In 1831, the British established the area as British Guiana.  Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966 and became a republic in 1970.  The United States State Department as well as the United States Central Intelligence Agency played a strong role in deciding who was in power at the time.  In 2000, Argentina attempted to reclaim some of Guyana's land and the border dispute continues today.  In 2005, the country was hit by severe flooding that affected a third of the population.  Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam are the dominant religions of Guyana.  Christianity was established through the colonies that existed from the British.  Hinduism and Islam have only recently been on the rise. 

(source:  Wikipedia)


Ecumenical Organizations and Councils

WCC member churches based in Guyana

    WCC member churches present in Guyana

    Note: The list of churches present in countries is still in development.

    Last updated: 01/01/06