French Guiana - Wikipedia
After independence in , Guyana sought an influential role in international affairs, particularly among Third World and non-aligned nations. It served twice on. French Guiana: Geographical and historical treatment of French Guiana, including statistics as well as a survey of its people, economy, and government. Guyana: Geographical and historical treatment of Guyana, including maps and statistics as well as a survey of its people, economy, and government.
Most of the labour force is employed in services and industry, with a small fraction in agriculture.
Wages and benefits are legislated at the same rates as those that prevail in France. Unemployment and inflation rates are high. There is an international airport at Cayenne.
The balance of trade is chronically unfavourable, with the value of exports far outweighed by that of imports. Machinery, food and agricultural products, and refined petroleum dominate imports, whereas motor vehicles and their parts, gold, electrical machinery and electronics, fish, and shrimps are the leading exports.
Government and society French Guiana is governed by the provisions of the French constitution as a territorial collectivity of France and, as such, forms an integral part of the French Republic. It sends two elected representatives to the National Assembly and two to the Senate.
Local government is headed by a prefect and by a member Assembly whose members are elected by universal adult suffrage. There is a local court of appeal.
The social-security system of France is used in French Guiana. It provides payments for work injury, unemployment, and maternity as well as family allowances and also old-age, disability, and survivor pensions. Health conditions are generally good.
The principal illnesses that cause mortality are diseases of the circulatory systemcancer, and infectious and parasitic diseases. A branch of the Pasteur Institute in Parislocated in Cayenne, conducts research on tropical and endemic local diseases and is renowned throughout Latin America.
Life expectancy averages about 76 years for men and 83 years for women. Education is free and compulsory between the ages of 6 and Nearly all eligible children attend school. The Dutch speaking people were unique to me in South America seeming very cosmopolitan and there were a ton of expats working abroad in Parbo. Also, I met a ton of Dutch and European tourists drawn to Suriname by eco lodges and the oppressive heat of the tropics.
After yet another transportation meltdown with the brutal roads in Suriname I made it to French Guiana and the town of Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni where I toured the former French penal colony and saw some neat old architecture. Unfortunately my visit was cut a little short because of a few factors but all in all I enjoyed my time there.
The Guianas - Lee Abbamonte
The big difference I saw in French Guiana versus the other two was that besides speaking French, the conditions of the roads and infrastructure was fabulous. Obviously, they have money pouring in from France which takes its dependency seriously but it was nice to see a little bit of first world after a few days of crumbling and dilapidated areas. The layout of the land in the Guianas is beautiful and lush.
The landscapes were dotted with lush palm trees and shrubbery oozing onto the roads.
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The biggest problem was that the animals seemed to control the streets, especially in Guyana where cows call the highways their beds. About 40 miles 65 km inland from the coast is a region of undulating land that rises from foot metre hills on the eastern, coastal side of the region to foot metre ones on the western side. The area is between 80 and miles and km wide and is widest in the southeast. It is covered with sand, from which it takes its name as the white-sands Zanderij region.
A small savanna region in the east lies about 60 miles km from the coast and is surrounded by the white-sands belt.
The sand partly overlies a low crystalline plateau that is generally less than feet metres in elevation. Beyond the crystalline plateau, the Kaieteurian Plateau lies generally below 1, feet metres above sea level; it is the site of the spectacular Kaieteur Fallsnoted for their sheer foot metre initial plunge.
The plateau is overlain with sandstones and shales that in the south form the extensive Rupununi Savanna region. The Rupununi Savanna is bisected by the east—west-trending Kanuku Mountains. Kaieteur FallsKaieteur Falls, west-central Guyana. Among the tributaries of the Essequibo, the Potaro, the Mazaruni, and the Cuyuni drain the northwest, and the Rupununi drains the southern savanna.
The coast is cut by shorter rivers, including the Pomeroon, the Mahaica, the Mahaicony, and the Abary. The rivers are part of the watershed of the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, and the headwaters of the Rupununi in Brazil are often confused with those of the Amazon.