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Guinea-Bissau is a tropical country on West Africa’s Atlantic coast that’s known for national parks and wildlife. The forested, sparsely populated Bijagós archipelago is a protected biosphere reserve. Its main island, Bubaque, forms part of the Orango Islands National Park, a habitat for saltwater hippos. On the mainland, the capital, Bissau, is a port with Portuguese colonial buildings in its old city center.

Languages: Portuguese (official), Crioulo, African languages

Ethnic Groups: African 99% (includes Balanta 30%, Fula 20%, Manjaca 14%, Mandinga 13%, Papel 7%), European and mulatto less than 1%

Belief Systems: Indigenous beliefs 50%, Muslim 45%, Christian 5%


Population: 1.65 million people (World Rank: 152nd) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 152 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 152nd) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 2.11 %/yr (World Rank: 52nd) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 54.3 years (World Rank: 217th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 18.8 years (World Rank: 165th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Guinea-Bissau
Map from the Cartographic Division of the United Nations

Current News About Guinea-Bissau
from allAfrica.com

Guinea-Bissau - Facts and Information 1
United Nations Economic Commision for Africa
African Information Society Initiative
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Guinea-Bissau - Facts and Information 2
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Guinea-Bissau
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Traveling to Guinea-Bissau
Comprehensive travel information from africaguide.com

Guinea-Bissau Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Government Related Sites:

Guinea-Bissau Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other by Gunnar Anzinger.

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