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Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau
Standards
Road Traffic:right side
Electricity:
Voltage:220V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:C,
Geography
Bordering countries:

Location:
Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Senegal
Area:
total: 36,120 sq km
land: 28,000 sq km
water: 8,120 sq km
Climate:
tropical; generally hot and humid; monsoonal-type rainy season (June to November) with southwesterly winds; dry season (December to May) with northeasterly harmattan winds
Terrain:
mostly low coastal plain rising to savanna in east
Economy
GDP: $1.185 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 2.3% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $800 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 4% (2002 est.)
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF); note - responsible authority is the Central Bank of the West African States
Exchange rates:
note: since 1 January 1999, the XOF franc has been pegged to the euro at a rate of 655.957 XOF francs per euro
People
Population: 1,442,029 (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 2.07% (2006 est.)
Religions:
indigenous beliefs 50%, Muslim 45%, Christian 5%
Languages:
Portuguese (official), Crioulo, African languages
Government
Capital:
name: Bissau
time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence:
24 September 1973 (unilaterally declared by Guinea-Bissau); 10 September 1974 (recognized by Portugal)


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