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Guinea-Bissau FlagGuinea-Bissau

Unity, Struggle, Progress



Population: 1,596,677 (2011)
Land Area: 36,120 sq km
Natural Resources: Fish, timber, phosphates, bauxite, clay, granite, limestone, petroleum
Capital: Bissau
Political System: Republic
State Leader: Malam Bacai Sanha (2009)
Head of Government: Carlos Gomes Junior (2009)
Languages: Portuguese, Crioulo, African languages
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine Franc (XOF)
Major Religions: Indigenous Beliefs 50%, Muslim 45%, Christian 5%
Major Ethnicities: African 99%, European and Mulatto 1%
Life Expectancy: 48.7 years (2011)


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 825 million (2010)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 1.769 billion (2010)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 1,100 (2010)
GDP Growth Rate: 1.8% (2010)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 62%, Industry 12%, Services 26% (1999)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 82%, Industry and Services 18% (2000)
Industries: Agricultural products processing, beer, soft drinks
Agriculture Products: Rice, corn, beans, cassava, cashew nuts, peanuts, palm kernels, cotton; timber; fish
Human Development Index: 0.353 (176th)
Tourism Revenue: NA
Unemployment Rate: NA

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Army Size: 9 250 (2004)
Budget: 3.1% of GDP (2005)

Current Situation


Guinea-Bissau is located in Western Africa. Guinea-Bissau is bordered by Guinea and Senegal. Guinea-Bissau's drug trade is one of the most important ones in Africa, and the country is unable to deal with the level of drug-trafficking. Guinea-Bissau's economy is relatively weak, but it is now part of an International Monetary Fund Structural reform program, which will hopefully help liberalize the economy and make Guinea-Bissau attractive to foreign investors.

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CIA World Factbook: Guinea-Bissau
Wikipedia: Guinea-Bissau

Updated on: December 19, 2011