French Guiana Demographics

What is the population of French Guiana?

Nationality Noun French Guianese (singular and plural)
Nationality Adjective French Guianese
Ethnic Groups black or mulatto 66%, white 12%, East Indian, Chinese, Amerindian 12%, other 10%
Languages Spoken French

French Guiana Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

French Guiana Medical Information

What are the health conditions in French Guiana?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

Medical care within French Guiana is limited, and hospital facilities are available only in major urban areas. Patients' rooms in hospitals are primarily open-air facilities; instead of glass panes, hospital windows are fitted with wooden slats. The Centre Hospitalier de Cayenne Andrée Rosemon is the only full-service hospital in French Guyana. It has the only intensive care and trauma units in the country. Prescription and over the counter medicines can be purchased from pharmacies in the larger cities, however U.S. brands or names may not be available. Portions of French Guiana periodically experience outbreaks of malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever. Appropriate precautions, including mosquito nets, are recommended outside of the major cities.

French Guiana Education

What is school like in French Guiana?

Literacy - female 82%
Literacy - male 84%
Literacy - total population 83%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write

French Guiana Literacy

Can people in French Guiana read?

Literacy - female 82%
Literacy - male 84%
Literacy - total population 83%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language French

French Guiana Crime

Is French Guiana a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

An increase in criminal activity, such as assault, armed robbery, and theft, and in rare instances a stabbing or shooting, has been reported by Americans traveling in French Guiana, particularly in its major cities. Petty street crime occurs throughout the major cities. Individuals should make sure to keep valuables out of sight, especially if left unattended in an automobile. There have been occasional reports that the local police have not been responsive to U.S. citizen victims of crime.

Counterfeit and pirated goods are widely available. It is important to know that not only are bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

French Guiana Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in French Guiana, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own. In some places you may be taken in for questioning if you don't have your passport with you. In some places, it is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings. In some places driving under the influence could land you immediately in jail. These criminal penalties will vary from country to country. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States. For example, one can be prosecuted under U.S. law for buying pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States.

Based on the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, bilateral agreements with certain countries, and customary international law, if arrested in French Guiana, U.S. citizens have the option to request that the police, prison officials, or other authorities alert the nearest U.S. Embassy, located in Paramaribo, Suriname, of your arrest. U.S. citizens arrested in French Guiana also may request that the police, prison officials, or other authorities forward communications from you to the nearest U.S. embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname.

French Guiana Population Comparison

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