Increase your knowledge about Guinea-Bissau with these 17 Great Facts
- Formerly Portuguese Guinea, Guinea-Bissau is a country in West Africa, off the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. It also includes numerous offshore islands of varying sizes.
- Its nearest countries are Senegal to the north and Guinea to the east and south east.
- It has an area of 13,946 square miles (36,120 square kilometres).
- If using your own transport to get to Guinea-Bissau, make sure you write down its coordinates of 12.0000° N, 15.0000°
- Guinea-Bissau’s population was 1.7 million in 2013.
- Bissau is the capital and covers an area of 29.7 square miles (77 square kilometres) and has a population of 473,000 (2014).
- The terrain here is mostly flat and low lying with glorious sandy beaches, with the Savannah to the east.
- Guinea-Bissau enjoys a tropical climate with generally hot and humid weather, with a rainy season from June to November.
- Contrary to what you might expect, residents here are called ‘Bissau-Guineans’, not ‘Guinea-Bissauans’!
- The average life expectancy here is 50 years.
- The currency of Guinea-Bissau is the CFA (Communauté Financière Africaine)
- Although Crioulo, a Portuguese dialect, is spoken here (along with many African languages), the official language is actually Portuguese.
- Throughout Guinea-Bissau you’ll find villages full of delightful, traditional homes made from dried mud to create circular huts which are then thatched. Sounds lovely!
- They grow rice, beans, corn, cassava, peanuts, cashew nuts, palm kernels, cotton and timber here and catch fish.
- The country’s industry consists of making beer, soft drinks and processing agricultural products. We’d like to try their beers!
- Guinea-Bissau exports fish, shrimp, peanuts, cashews, palm kernels and sawn lumber.
- The international dialling code for Guinea-Bissau is 00245. To learn how to make cheap calls to Guinea Bissau, click here
To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Guinea-Bissau, head over to the All Africa website.