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Atlas Guinea-Bissau

Country (long form)
Republic of Guinea-Bissau
Capital
Bissau
Total Area
13,946.01 sq mi
36,120.00 sq km
Population
1,285,715 (July 2000 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050
3,237,496
Languages
Portuguese (official), Crioulo, African languages
Literacy
53.9% total, 67.1% male, 40.7% female (1997 est.)
Religions
indigenous beliefs 50%, Muslim 45%, Christian 5%
Life Expectancy
46.77 male, 51.37 female (2000 est.)
Government Type
republic
Currency
1 Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (CFAF) = 100 centimes
GDP (per capita)
$900 (1999 est.)
Labor Force (by occupation)
agriculture 78%
Industry
agricultural products processing, beer, soft drinks
Agriculture
rice, corn, beans, cassava (tapioca), cashew nuts, peanuts, palm kernels, cotton; timber; fish
Arable Land
11%
Exports
cashew nuts 70%, shrimp, peanuts, palm kernels, sawn lumber (1996)
Imports
foodstuffs, machinery and transport equipment, petroleum products (1996)
Natural Resources
fish, timber, phosphates, bauxite, unexploited deposits of petroleum
Current Environmental Issues
deforestation; soil erosion; overgrazing; overfishing
Telephones (main lines in use)
13,120 (1995)
Telephones (mobile cellular)
N/A
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
N/A

Guinea-Bissau's security situation is delicate at the best of times. A bloodless coup in September 2003 only serves as a reminder. On the upside, overflow from the Casamance conflict in Senegal seems to have been stemmed. The message is: proceed with caution, and keep abreast of latest developments.