Place:French Guiana

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NameFrench Guiana
Alt namesDépartement de la Guyanesource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) IV, 974 ff.
Département de la Guyane fraņaisesource: Britannica Book of the Year (1991) p 598
Frans Guyanasource: Engels Woordenboek (1987) II, 231
Französisch-Guyanasource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) p 319
French Guianasource: NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998); Times Concise Atlas of the World (1995) I-33; Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 418
French Guianesesource: Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-) accessed 11 November 2003; Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 11 November 2003
Guiana Francescasource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) p 319
Guyanesource: Wikipedia
Guyane françaisesource: Wikipedia
La Guyane françaisesource: Cambridge World Gazetteer (1990) p 213-214
TypeNation
Coordinates4°N 53°W
Contained Places
Arrondissement
Cayenne
Saint-Laurent du Maroni
Commune
Awala-Yalimapo
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French Guiana (pronounced or , ; ; officially just Guiana) is an overseas department and region of France on the north Atlantic coast of South America. It borders Brazil to the east and south, and Suriname to the west. Its area has a very low population density of only 3 inhabitants per km2, with half of its 250,109 inhabitants in 2013[1] living in the metropolitan area of Cayenne, its capital. By land area, it is by far the largest overseas region of France. As an overseas region, it is inside the European Union, and its official currency is the Euro.

The addition of the adjective "French" in English comes from colonial times when five such colonies existed (The Guianas), namely from west to east: Spanish Guiana (now Guayana Region in Venezuela), British Guiana (now Guyana), Dutch Guiana (now Suriname), French Guiana, and Portuguese Guiana (now Amapá, a state in far northern Brazil). French Guiana and the two larger countries to the north and west, Guyana and Suriname, are still often collectively referred to as the Guianas and comprise one large shield landmass.

A large part of the department's economy derives from the presence of the Guiana Space Centre, now the European Space Agency's primary launch site near the equator.

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