Etiquette in Guyana

Guyana, located on the north coast of South America, has a population of about 735,000 people.

The official language is English. The vast majority of citizens speak Guyanese Creole.

Guyana is a unitary semi-presidential republic.

Most citizens are about half Christian, with a large percentage of Hindu residents.

The currency is the Guyanese dollar.

Men shake hands when greeting one another. Friends may hug and young men may fist bump. Women generally shake hands with each other and hug if they are very close. Men will also shake hands with women on a first greeting.

Women will drink from bottles with a straw. They will not usually drink or dine unaccompanied.

Men should not wear shorts unless they’re doing field work. Women generally don’t wear shorts at work. It is unusual to have to dress formally unless there are specific reasons to do so.

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