Guinea Bissau
Republic of Guinea Bissau

Capital
Bissau

Area
13,964 sq mi
36,120 sq km


Population
1,360,827 est 2003

Largest city
Bissau
pop. 296,900


Languages
)Portuguese (official), Crioulo, African languages

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

Religion
Indigenous beliefs 50%, Islam 45%, Christianity 5%

Life Expectancy
Total population: 46.98 years
male: 45.09 years
female: 48.92 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 42.4%
male: 58.1%
female: 27.4% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Republic, multiparty since mid-1991


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