Guinea-Bissau facts for kids
|Republic of Guinea-Bissau
República da Guiné-Bissau (Portuguese)
|Motto: Portuguese: "Unidade, Luta, Progresso"
"Unity, Struggle, Progress"
|Anthem: Portuguese: "Esta é a Nossa Pátria Bem Amada"
"This is Our Well-Beloved Motherland"
and largest city
|Recognised regional languages||Crioulo|
|Ethnic groups||African 99% (includes Balanta 30%
European and mulatto less than 1%
|-||President||José Mário Vaz|
|-||Prime Minister||Baciro Djá|
|Legislature||National People's Assembly|
|Independence from Portugal|
|-||Declared||24 September 1973|
|-||Recognized||10 September 1974|
|-||Total||36,125 km2 (136th)
13,948 sq mi
|-||2010 estimate||1,647,000 (148th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
low · 164th
|Currency||West African CFA franc (XOF)|
|Time zone||GMT (UTC+0)|
|Drives on the||right|
Guinea-Bissau is a country in Africa. The official language is Portuguese, and the capital is Bissau. About 1,442,000 people live in Guinea-Bissau as of 2006. The country was a Portuguese colony in the 19th century. At that time is was called Portuguese Guinea. It became independent in 1973. In 1974, the name of the country's capital was added so that it would not be confused with the neighboring country Guinea.
Regions and sectors
Guinea-Bissau is divided into 8 regions and one autonomous sector. These are divided into thirty-seven sectors. The regions are:
* autonomous sector
Images for kids
An abandoned tank from the 1998–1999 civil war in the capital Bissau, 2003.
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