Africa

Guinea-Bissau profile

  • 21 May 2013
  • From the section Africa
Soldier patrols a residential street in Guinea-Bissau following 2003's coup
Years of political and economic instability have left Guinea-Bissau impoverished
  • Full name: The Republic of Guinea-Bissau
  • Population: 1.6 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Bissau
  • Area: 36,125 sq km (13,948 sq miles)
  • Major languages: Portuguese, Crioulo, African languages
  • Major religions: Indigenous beliefs, Islam, Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 47 years (men), 50 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) = 100 centimes
  • Main exports: Cashew nuts, shrimp, peanuts, palm kernels, sawn timber
  • GNI per capita: US $600 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain: .gw
  • International dialling code: +245