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Guinea-Bissau

The Republic of Guinea-Bissau, a small country in western Africa, is one of the world’s poorest nations.  The capital is Bissau and the official language is Portuguese.  The country underwent a civil war in 1998-99 that devastated the economy.  Tourist facilities and infrastructure in general are very limited and not up to American standards.  Read the Department of State Background Notes on Guinea–Bissau for additional information.

Guinea-Bissau

           
 

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Guinea-Bissau
Continent: Africa
Capital City: Bissau
Boundary Countries: Guinea, Senegal
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Main Cities: Bissau, Cacheu, Farim, Gabu,Bolama
Country Size: 36,120 sq km
Population: 1,472,780

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Portuguese (official), Crioulo, African Languages

Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF); note - responsible authority is the Central Bank of the West African States
Predominant Religions:

indigenous beliefs 50%, Muslim 45%, Christian 5%

National Holidays: Independance Day,24 September (1973)
Economic Status:

The country underwent a civil war in 1998-99 that devastated the economy. One of the 10 poorest countries in the world, Guinea-Bissau depends mainly on farming and fishing. The inequality of income distribution is one of the most extreme in the world.

Security:

People's Revolutionary Armed Force (FARP): Army, Navy, AirForce,paramilitary force

US Presence:

The US Embassy suspended operations on 14 June 1998 in the midst of violent conflict between forces loyal to then President VIEIRA and military-led junta. The US Embassy in Guinea-Bissau remains closed. US citizens who plan to enter Guinea-Bissau are encouraged to register with the Consular Section of the US Embassy at Avenue Jean XXIII, Dakar, Senegal. The mailing address is BP 49, Dakar, Senegal. Tel (221) 823-4296 and the fax is (221) 822-2991. The e-mail address is: consulardakar@state.gov. The web site is: http://dakar.usembassy.gov/.

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Major Airports:

Airports:  28, Airports w/paved runways:  3
Bissau – Osvaldo Vieira International Airport (BXO/GGOV)
Bissau Airport, Guinea Bissau, Aptado Postal 10527, Bissau Docex, 1501, GUINEA BISSAU
Tel: +245 245272, +245 215381, +245 215090
Fax: +245 215090

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