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Republic of Guinea-Bissau

Republica da Guiné-Bissau

Location western Africa
Bordered By
Senegal, Guinea

Guinea-Bissau on the map

map of Guinea-Bissau

Area 13,948 sq mi (36,125 sq km)
Greatest Distance E-W 200 mi (322 km)
Greatest Distance N-S 120 mi (193 km)
Coastline 247 mi (398 km)
Highest Point unnamed location near the northeastern border; ~1,000 ft (~300 m)
Lowest Point Atlantic coast; sea level
Natural Resources fish, timber, phosphates, bauxite, clay, granite, limestone, petroleum (unexploited)

Nationality Guinean
Population (July 2015 est)
1,726,170
Largest City Bissau
Ethnic Groups Balanta, Fula, Manjaca, Mandinga, Papel
Religions indigenous beliefs, Muslim, Christian
Languages Portuguese (official), Crioulo, indigenous languages

Capital Bissau
Form of Government republic
Present Constitution Adopted May 16, 1984
Chief of State
President Jose Mario Voz (since June 17, 2014)
Head of Government
Prime Minister Umaro Sissoco Embalo (since November 18, 2016)
Cabinet
appointed by the President
Legislature
unicameral National People's Assembly (Assembleia Nacional Popular)
Judiciary
Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal da Justica)
Local Administration
9 regions (regioes)

Currency Communaute Financiere Africaine Franc
Per Capita Income
$1,100
Industries agricultural products processing, beer, soft drinks
Agricultural Products rice, corn, beans, cassava, cashew nuts, peanuts, palm kernels, cotton; timber; fish
Export Commodities cashew nuts, shrimp, peanuts, palm kernels, sawn lumber
Import Commodities foodstuffs, machinery, transport equipment, petroleum products

Independence from Portugal Achieved September 24, 1973
National Holiday Independence Day; September 24
Flag
yellow symbolizes the sun; green denotes hope; red represents blood shed during the struggle for independence; the black star stands for African unity

flag of Guinea-Bissau

SEE ALSO
Senegal
Guinea

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