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Name(official): Republic of Guinea-Bissau
Name(short): Guinea-Bissau
Capital City: Bissau
Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Senegal.
Coordinate: 12 00 N, 15 00 W
Independence: 24 September 1973 (unilaterally declared by Guinea-Bissau); 10 September 1974 (recognized by Portugal).
President: Malam Bacai Sanha (President from 8 Sept. 2009)
Carlos Gomes (Prime Minister from 2 Jan. 2009 --)
Raimundo Pereira
(Interim President 3 March 2009 - 8 Sept. 2009)
Joao Bernardo 'Nino' VIERA
(President 1980-1999, 2005 - 2009 killed by soldiers on 2 March 2009 in retaliation to a bomb blast that killed the country's military chief, Gen. Batista Tagme Na Waie),
Aristides GOMES (Prime Minister 2005 - 2007)
Type of Government: Republic
Total Area: 36
Population: 1 442 029
People: African 99% (includes Balanta 30%, Fula 20%, Manjaca 14%, Mandinga 13%, Papel 7%), European and mulatto less than 1%.
Religion: indigenous beliefs 50%, Muslim 45%, Christian 5%
Languages: Portuguese (official), Crioulo, African languages.
Literacy: 42.4%total, 58.1%male, 27.4%female (2003 est.)
Currency: CFAF
GDP(per capita): $800 (2005 est.)
Arable Land: 8.31% (2005 est.)
Agriculture: Rice, corn, beans, cassava(tapioca), cashewnuts, peanuts, palm kernels, cotton, timber, fish.
Natural resources: Fish, timber, phosphate, bauxite, granite, clay, limestone, unexploited deposits of petroleum.
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International Phone Code: +245


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Bissau, Bafata.




9 regions (regioes, singular - regiao); Bafata, Biombo, Bissau, Bolama, Cacheu, Gabu, Oio, Quinara, Tombali; note - Bolama may have been renamed Bolama/Bijagos.


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