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Learn more about Equatorial Guinea.
Flag of Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
Population: 523,051 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Malabo
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An Introduction to Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. President OBIANG NGUEM MBASOGO has ruled the country for over two decades since seizing power from his uncle, then President MACIAS, in a 1979 coup. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996 and 2002 presidential elections - as well as the 1999 legislative elections - were widely seen as being flawed. The president controls most opposition parties through the judicious use of patronage. Despite the country's economic windfall from oil production resulting in a massive increase in government revenue in recent years, there have been few improvements in the country's living standards.

Equatorial Guinea map

Map of Equatorial Guinea ( Location ) : 2 00 N, 10 00 E, Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Cameroon and Gabon. For additional reports and educational information specific to Equatorial Guinea, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Equatoguinean Flag
Three equal horizontal bands of green (top), white, and red with a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side and the coat of arms centered in the white band; the coat of arms has six yellow six-pointed stars (representing the mainland and five offshore islands) above a gray shield bearing a silk-cotton tree and below which is a scroll with the motto UNIDAD, PAZ, JUSTICIA (Unity, Peace, Justice).

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Equatorial Guinea.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 2.43%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 53 yrs - Male
    • 57.36 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 9,600 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 4,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 180,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .gq

Did you know ... People from Equatorial Guinea are called Equatoguineans
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook