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Welcome To Guinea-Bissau
Country number
110
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An Introduction to Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau was once part of the kingdom of Gabu, parts of which were still in existence until the 18th Century while others became part of the Portuguese Empire from the 16th Century. From the 19th Century the whole area was known as Portuguese Guinea. Independence was recognised in 1974, with the name of the capital, Bissau, added to avoid confusion with the neighbouring Republic of Guinea. See full country profile.

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Aug 29
Kantar has named Karin Du Chenne as CEO of Insights in South Africa; Stephany Brewer as Chief Client Officer of Insights in Africa and the Middle East; Noeraan Hendricks as Transformation Director; and Gisela Seeley as Country Leader for Kantar Media South Africa. Aug 29 2017


3 current African jobs:

Account Manager, Johannesburg, $ salary not stated - (posted Aug 23 2017)
Account Director - Qualitative, Johannesburg, $ salary not stated - (posted Aug 23 2017)
Client Service Director, Johannesburg, $ salary not stated - (posted Aug 23 2017)
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Fast Facts
Map of Guinea-Bissau
CAPITAL: Bissau
GOVERNMENT: republic
AREA: 36,125 sq km
POPULATION: 1,596,677 (July 2011 est.)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: Official language Portuguese (spoken by small minority); many others - 44% speak Crioulo
Cooking, Guinea-Bissau
Cooking, Guinea-Bissau


Acquired taste? Guinea-Bissau's principal contribution to the world of music is the complex and polyrhythmic gumbe, according to Wikipedia. The main musical instruments are based on the calabash, lyrics are almost always in'the Portuguese-based Guinea-Bissau Creole language, and the 'humorous and topical' subjects 'revolve around current events and controversies, especially AIDS'.

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Guinea-Bissau in Profile

Guinea-Bissau was once part of the kingdom of Gabu, parts of which were still in existence until the 18th Century while others became part of the Portuguese Empire from the 16th Century. From the 19th Century the whole area was known as Portuguese Guinea. Independence was recognised in 1974, with the name of the capital, Bissau, added to avoid confusion with the neighbouring Republic of Guinea.

Guinea-Bissau's GDP per capita is one of the lowest in the world with more than two-thirds of the population living below the poverty line and long-running political instability further depressing the economy and contributing to deteriorating social conditions.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $1.784 billion (2010 est.) - $1,100 per capita (2010 est.)

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

Currency: West African Franc (XOF) - GBP 1 = XOF 752

Telephone Code: +245

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Overview of Trade and Industry

The economy of Guinea-Bissau slumped with the rapid exodus of the Portuguese civilian, military and political authorities in 1974. Monetary stability came from entry into the CFA franc monetary system in 1997, but civil war the following year and a military coup in 2003 put the economy back in the doldrums. Here it has mostly remained, with continued military unrest and the assassination of a President in 2009.

In 2010 $126m worth exports left the country - much of it fish, shrimp, cashew nuts, peanuts, palm kernels and sawn lumber, and much going to India and Nigeria. Imports for the same period totalled $206.1m and came from a broader range of countries including Portugal, Senegal, India, the Netherlands, China, Thailand and Brazil. The main items were food, machinery and petroleum.

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