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French Guiana

French Guiana Geography Stats

Definitions

  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Comparative to US places: This entry provides an area comparison based on total area equivalents. Most entities are compared with the entire US or one of the 50 states based on area measurements (1990 revised) provided by the US Bureau of the Census. The smaller entities are compared with Washington, DC (178 sq km, 69 sq mi) or The Mall in Washington, DC (0.59 sq km, 0.23 sq mi, 146 acres).
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Land > Per capita: Total land area in square kilometres Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Area > Total > Per capita: Total area in square kilometers Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Area > Water: Total water area in square kilometers
  • Area > Water > Per capita: Total water area in square kilometers Per capita figures expressed per 1 million population.
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Coastline: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea.
  • Elevation extremes > Highest point: Highest point above sea level
  • Forested Land: Forested land as a proportion of total land area, estimate by FAO
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Note: This entry includes miscellaneous geographic information of significance not included elsewhere.
  • Irrigated land: The number of square kilometers of land area that is artificially supplied with water.
  • Irrigated land > Per capita: The number of square kilometers of land area that is artificially supplied with water. Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Land boundaries > Border countries: Length of land boundaries by border country
  • Land use > Arable land: The percentage of used land that is arable. Arable land is land cultivated for crops that are replanted after each harvest like wheat, maize, and rice
  • Land use > Other: The percentage share of used land that is not arable or under permanent crops. This includes permanent meadows and pastures, forests and woodlands, built-on areas, roads, barren land, etc.
  • Land use > Permanent crops: The percentage share of used land on which permanent crops are grown. This is land cultivated for crops that are not replanted after each harvest like citrus, coffee, and rubber. It includes land under flowering shrubs, fruit trees, nut trees, and vines, but excludes land under trees grown for wood or timber.
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Map references: The name of the CIA World Factbook reference map on which a country may be found. The entry on Geographic coordinates may be helpful in finding some smaller countries.
  • Maritime claims > Exclusive economic zone: Exclusive economic zone (EEZ) - the LOS Convention (Part V) defines the EEZ as a zone beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea in which a coastal State has: sovereign rights for the purpose of exploring and exploiting, conserving and managing the natura
  • Maritime claims > Territorial sea: territorial sea - the sovereignty of a coastal State extends beyond its land territory and internal waters to an adjacent belt of sea, described as the territorial sea in the LOS Convention (Part II); this sovereignty extends to the air space over the territorial sea as well as its underlying seabed and subsoil; every State has the right to establish the breadth of its territorial sea up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles. A full and definitive definition can be found in the Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention.
  • Natural hazards: Potential natural disasters.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Population density: People per square kilometre, in 1999. At this time the world average was 14.42.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Area > Comparative slightly smaller than Indiana 2011
Area > Comparative to US places slightly smaller than Indiana 2006
Area > Land 89,150 sq km 2006 2nd out of 20
Area > Land > Per capita 446.85 sq km per 1,000 people 2006 1st out of 7
Area > Total 91,000 sq km 2006 2nd out of 18
Area > Total > Per capita 456.12 sq km per 1,000 people 2006 1st out of 6
Area > Water 1,850 sq km 2006 1st out of 6
Area > Water > Per capita 9,272.76 sq km per 1 million peo 2006 1st out of 6
Climate tropical; hot, humid; little seasonal temperature variation 2011
Coastline 378 km 2011 132nd out of 225
Elevation extremes > Highest point Bellevue de l'Inini 851 m 2006
Forested Land 89.9% 2000 3rd out of 193
Geographic coordinates 4 00 N, 53 00 W 2006
Note mostly an unsettled wilderness; the only non-independent portion of the South American continent 2006
Irrigated land 20 sq km 2003 161st out of 169
Irrigated land > Per capita 0.107 sq km per 1,000 people 2003 111th out of 166
Land boundaries > Border countries Brazil 730.4 km, Suriname 510 km 2011
Land use > Arable land 0.13% 2005 207th out of 211
Land use > Other 99.83% 2005 33th out of 241
Land use > Permanent crops 0.04% 2005 184th out of 195
Location Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Suriname 2006
Map references South America 2011
Maritime claims > Exclusive economic zone 200 nautical mile 2006 5th out of 16
Maritime claims > Territorial sea 12 nautical mile 2006 5th out of 17
Natural hazards high frequency of heavy showers and severe thunderstorms; flooding 2006
Natural resources bauxite, timber, gold (widely scattered), petroleum, kaolin, fish, niobium, tantalum, clay 2006
Population density 1.88 people per sqkm 1999 225th out of 255
Terrain low-lying coastal plains rising to hills and small mountains 2006

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; FAO; Heal The World Foundation.

Citation

"French Guiana Geography Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/French-Guiana/Geography/All-stats

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French Guiana Geography Profiles (Subcategories)

Area 8 Land use 3
  • French Guiana ranked second for area > land > per capita amongst Hot countries in 2006.
  • French Guiana ranked first for area > total > per capita amongst Former French colonies in 2006.
  • French Guiana ranked third for forested land globally in 2000.
  • French Guiana ranked 7th last for land use > arable land amongst Sparsely populated countries in 2005.