Guyana Flag Facts

Guyana Facts
The history of the National Flag of Guyana dates back to May 1966 when this South American country gained independence from the United Kingdom. The flag, known widely as The Golden Arrowhead, was officially adopted on 26 May, 1966 and it was designed by a scholar of flags, an American expert in vexillology known as Whitney Smith Jr.

Guyana Facts
Guyana is the third smallest country in South America. It is located north of the continent on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Guyana occupies approximately 83,000 sq km and has three neighboring countries with which its borders are shared: Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname. This country has a rich culture and due to its close proximity to the Caribbean Islands, its traditions are influenced strongly by the Caribbean.

Guyana Facts
Guyana is one of the smallest countries in South America. Its overall population is estimated at 773,000 inhabitants and the majority of people speak Guyana's official language, English, making this country one of the few English speaking countries in South America. The currency of Guyana is the Guyanese dollar. The geography of this country is diverse and supports a multitude of flora and fauna.

National Flag of Guyana *** Date Adopted: May 26, 1966 *** Name of Guyanese Flag: 'The Golden Arrow' Design *** Guyana Flag Description: Golden arrow on a green background with a smaller red arrow on the hoist side. The golden arrow has white edging and the red arrow has black edging. *** Guyana Flag Colors: Green, gold, red, white and black *** Guyana Flag Use: National Flag *** Flag Proportion: 3:5

Guyana Flag Facts

  1. Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Guyana Flag
    The National Flag of Guyana was adopted in May 1966 and can be described as having a brightly colored design incorporating the colors green, gold (yellow), red, black and white. The colors were chosen to represent this country's history, culture and geography. The flag, known commonly as 'The Golden Arrowhead' was designed by a vexillologist named Whitney Smith Jr.

  2. Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Guyana Flag
    The flag of Guyana is known as ‘The Golden Arrow’ as its design features a vibrant green background with a golden arrow, or triangle, which incorporates a smaller red arrow (triangle) on the hoist side. The golden arrow has white edges and the red arrow has black edges. The proportion of the Guyanese flag is 3:5.

  3. Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Guyana Flag
    The flag of Guyana was designed by a scholar of flags, an American vexillologist known as Whitney Smith Jr. The original design did not include white or black edges around the golden arrow nor red arrow which were later added to enhance the flag's design. These additional fimbriations were suggestions made by the UK's College of Arms.

  4. Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Guyana Flag
    Whilst a self-governing member of the British Empire, British Guiana ran a competition to design a new national flag in 1962, the year expected to mark the nation’s independence. However, Guyana did not gain independence from the United Kingdom until 1966. This is the only English speaking nation on the continent of South America. Guyana is one of four non-Spanish speaking nations, the other being French Guiana, Suriname, and Brazil.

  5. Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Guyana Flag
    The vibrant colors of the flag are symbolic of this country’s history, culture, geography and wealth. The color green depicts the rich forests and agriculture of Guyana, the color white symbolizes its rivers and water, and the color gold is representative of the nation’s mineral wealth. Black shows the perseverence of Guyana and red honors the sacrifices made by its people. The arrow on the flag’s design points towards the country’s golden future.