Country #13: Guinea – Bissau

Country #13 is Guinea-Bissau. This is my first country that is actively experiencing some bad stuff. Not to say that Madagascar, or Moldova, or some of the other nations I’ve visited aren’t grappling with profound issues, but I’m mostly talking about the reality of armed conflict looming on the horizon. Certainly hope that isn’t the case, but it does seem to be a worrisome time.

I’ll proceed respectfully with that in mind, but will look for the positive things that make Guinea-Bissau unique. We’re all way more than the decisions made by a government…

Guinea-Bissau
(image by Rei-artur via Wikimedia Commons)
info from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Atlas_of_Guinea-Bissau
English Guinea-Bissau – Republic of Guinea-Bissau
The Republic of Guinea-Bissau is a country in western Africa, and one of the smallest nations in continental Africa. It is bordered by ► Senegal to the north, and ► Guinea to the south and east, with the Atlantic Ocean to its west. Formerly the Portuguese colony of Portuguese Guinea, upon independence, the name of its capital, Bissau, was added to the country’s official name in order to prevent confusion between itself and the Republic of Guinea.

Short name Guinea-Bissau
Official  name Republic of Guinea-Bissau
Status Independent country since 1973, recognized 1974
Location West Africa
Capital Bissau
Population 1,586,000 inhabitants
Area 36,125 km²
Major  languages Portuguese (official), Kriol, Fula, Mandinka
Major  religions Animism, Islam
More information Guinea-BissauGeography of Guinea-BissauHistory of Guinea-Bissau and Politics of Guinea-Bissau
Flag of Guinea-Bissau
(image by SKopp, via Wikimedia Commons)
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