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Travel Information for Guinea Bissau
Time zone:GMT 0 (Greenwich mean time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Portuguese Other languages:    Crioulo
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XOF)

1 = CAF655, $1 = CAF0.00, £1 = CAF781

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.gwInternational Dialling Code:    245

For help planning your trip to Guinea Bissau including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Guinea Bissau trip planning page.

Further information on Guinea Bissau

Discover more about Guinea Bissau - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of guinea_bissau

Total area: 36,120 sq km (8,120 sq km under water)

Coastline: 350 km (Atlantic Ocean)

Neighbours (border lengths): Guinea (386km), Senegal (338km)

Climate: Tropical climate, generally hot and humid with monsoonal-type rainy season from June to November with southwesterly winds and a dry season from December to May with northeasterly harmattan winds.

Highest mountain: unnamed location in the northeast corner of the country (300m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Guinea Bissau from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldPartly Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 159/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 145/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 79/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 161/174
Overall Ranking:    151/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Guinea-Bissau     Status: Independent Country

Population: 1,693,398 (rank: 148/196)     Density: 46.8 people/sq km (rank: 131/196)

Ethnic groups: African 99% (includes Balanta 30%, Fula 20%, Manjaca 14%, Mandinga 13%, Papel 7%), European and mulatto less than 1%

Religions: Muslim 50%, indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 10%

GDP (PPP): $2.01 billion       GDP per capita: $1,200 (rank: 181/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.