Africa > West Africa > Guinea-bissau


Capital: Bissau; GDP grouth (annual %) 2016 : 5.6%
Key Facts
Full name: The Republic of Guinea-Bissau
Population: 1.5 million (UN, 2011)
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 = 100 centimes
Main exports: Cashew nuts, shrimp, peanuts, palm kernels, sawn timber
GNI per capita: US $590 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .gw
International dialling code: +245

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  • Outlook for 2013-14


    The country (Guinea-Bissau) is situated in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Senegal.
    It has borders with Guinea for 386km and Senegal for 338km.
    Land in Guinea-Bissau is mostly low coastal plain rising to savanna in east.
    The climate is tropical, generally hot and humid; monsoonal-type rainy season (June to November) with southwesterly winds, dry season (December to May) with northeasterly harmattan winds.

    Outlook for 2013-14

    • The military will retain significant influence over political affairs, thus undermining stability and preventing a swift return to constitutional order.
    • Restoring a measure of political stability, inclunding support from development partners, will depend on the holding of free and equitable elections, and reinforcing civilian control over the military.