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Learn more about Guinea-Bissau.
Flag of Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau
Population: 1,388,363 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Bissau
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An Introduction to Guinea-Bissau
Since independence from Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has experienced considerable upheaval. The founding government consisted of a single party system and command economy. In 1980, a military coup established Joao VIEIRA as president and a path to a market economy and multiparty system was implemented. A number of coup attempts through the 1980s and early 1990s failed to unseat him and in 1994 he was elected president in the country's first free elections. A military coup attempt and civil war in 1998 eventually led to VIERA's ouster in 1999. In February 2000, an interim government turned over power when opposition leader Kumba YALA took office following two rounds of transparent presidential elections. YALA was ousted in a bloodless coup in September 2003, and Henrique ROSA was sworn in as President. Guinea-Bissau's transition back to democracy will be complicated by its crippled economy, devastated in the civil war.

Guinea-Bissau map

Map of Guinea-Bissau ( Location ) : 12 00 N, 15 00 W, Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Senegal. For additional reports and educational information specific to Guinea-Bissau, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Guinean Flag
Two equal horizontal bands of yellow (top) and green with a vertical red band on the hoist side; there is a black five-pointed star centered in the red band; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Guinea-Bissau.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 1.99%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 45.09 yrs - Male
    • 48.92 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 10,600 (2003)

Televisions:
    • (na

Radios:
    • 49,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .gw

Did you know ... People from Guinea-Bissau are called Guineans
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook