ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN FRENCH GUIANA
Status : Overseas Department
Land area : 34,421 sq mi (89,150 sq km); total area: 35,135 sq mi (91,000 sq km)
Population (2007 est.): 203,321
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Cayenne, 60,500
Monetary unit : Franc
Language : French
Ethnicity/race : black or mulatto 66%, white 12%, East Indian, Chinese, Amerindian 12%, other 10%
Religion : Roman Catholic
Literacy rate : 83% (1982 est.)
Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2003 est.): $1.551 billion; per capita $8,300. Real growth rate: n.a. Inflation: 1.5% (2002 est.)
French Guiana, lying north of Brazil and east of Suriname on the northeast coast of South America, was variously settled by the Spanish, Dutch, and French. The Treaty of Breda awarded France the territory in 1667. The French used it as a penal colony between 1852 and 1939, which included the infamous Devil's Island. In 1947 it became an overseas department of France. Since then, many indigenous French Guianians have called for increased autonomy, although only around 5% favor independence from France, partly due to the vast subsidies from the French government. The European Space Center at Kourou has brought a corner of French Guiana into the modern world and attracted a sizable expatriate workforce.
Islamic History and Muslims
According to 2000 statistics, there are 1000 Muslims in French Guiana and then Muslims have Islamic Cultural Center and Islamic School. There is no more information about French Guiana's Muslims.
Islamic Centers and Organizations