17 Great Facts about Guinea-Bissau

Increase your knowledge about Guinea-Bissau with these 17 Great Facts

  1. 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.interesting facts about Guinea Bissau
  2. Its nearest countries are Senegal to the north and Guinea to the east and south east.
  3. It has an area of 13,946 square miles (36,120 square kilometres).
  4. If using your own transport to get to Guinea-Bissau, make sure you write down its coordinates of 12.0000° N, 15.0000°
  5. Guinea-Bissau’s population was 1.7 million in 2013.
  6. Bissau is the capital and covers an area of 29.7 square miles (77 square kilometres) and has a population of 473,000 (2014).
  7. The terrain here is mostly flat and low lying with glorious sandy beaches, with the Savannah to the east.
  8. Guinea-Bissau enjoys a tropical climate with generally hot and humid weather, with a rainy season from June to November.
  9. Contrary to what you might expect, residents here are called ‘Bissau-Guineans’, not ‘Guinea-Bissauans’!
  10. The average life expectancy here is 50 years.
  11. The currency of Guinea-Bissau is the CFA (Communauté Financière Africaine)
  12. Although Crioulo, a Portuguese dialect, is spoken here (along with many African languages), the official language is actually Portuguese.
  13. 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!
  14. They grow rice, beans, corn, cassava, peanuts, cashew nuts, palm kernels, cotton and timber here and catch fish.
  15. The country’s industry consists of making beer, soft drinks and processing agricultural products. We’d like to try their beers!
  16. Guinea-Bissau exports fish, shrimp, peanuts, cashews, palm kernels and sawn lumber.
  17. The international dialling code for Guinea-Bissau is 00245.  To learn how to make cheap calls to Guinea Bissau, click here

Bonus Fact

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Guinea-Bissau, head over to the All Africa website.

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