Flag of Guyana

Guyana Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesGY, GUY, 328
Official NameCo-operative Republic of Guyana
ContinentSouth America
Government TypeUnitary presidential republic
CurrencyGuyanese dollar (GYD)
Calling Code+592
Member OfUnited Nations, Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Union of South American Nations (UNASUR)
PopulationApproximately 786,000 (as of 2023)
Total Area214,969 square kilometers
Highest PointMount Roraima (2,810 meters or 9,219 feet)
Lowest PointAtlantic Ocean (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaApproximately $5,100 USD
Life ExpectancyAround 69 years
Internet TLD.gy

Guyana National Anthem

Dear Land of Guyana, of Rivers and Plains

Dear land of Guyana, of rivers and plains
Made rich by the sunshine, and lush by the rains
Set gem-like and fair, between mountains and sea
Your children salute you, dear land of the free
Green land of Guyana, our heroes of yore
Both bondsmen and free, laid their bones on your shore
This soil so they hallowed, and from them are we
All sons of one Mother, Guyana the free
Great land of Guyana, diverse though our strains
We’re born of their sacrifice, heirs of their pains
And ours is the glory their eyes did not see
One land of six peoples, united and free
Dear land of Guyana, to you will we give
Our homage, our service, each day that we live
God guard you, great Mother, and make us to be
More worthy our heritage, land of the free

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Guyana Flag

The flag of Guyana, known as the Golden Arrowhead, was officially adopted on May 26, 1966, the day the country gained independence from Britain. The flag was the result of a public competition and was designed by American vexillologist Whitney Smith. Its unique design and vibrant colors hold significant symbolic meaning and reflect the country’s identity and aspirations.

The flag features a green field with a red triangle on the hoist side bordered in black and gold, and a larger golden yellow triangle with a white outline extending to the fly end. The green symbolizes agriculture and forests, while the white represents the country’s water resources. The golden yellow denotes Guyana’s mineral wealth, particularly gold, and the black border represents endurance.

The red triangle epitomizes zeal and dynamic progress, and its black border signifies the nation’s perseverance and resilience. The flag’s most prominent feature, the golden arrowhead, points forward, symbolizing Guyana’s dedication to a bright and prosperous future. This arrowhead shape is also a nod to the country’s indigenous peoples and their rich cultural heritage.

Since its adoption, the flag has undergone no changes, maintaining its original design and symbolism. It stands as a powerful emblem of Guyana’s independence, diverse culture, natural wealth, and the unity of its people. The flag’s distinctiveness and symbolism make it not only a national emblem but also a representation of Guyana’s unique place in the world.