60 Facts About Equatorial Guinea

1. Equatorial Guinea has three official languages: Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

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2. Equatorial Guinea is one of the living paradoxes of Africa.

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3. Equatorial Guinea is building a new capital expected to be completed in 2020.

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4. Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule.

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5. Equatorial Guinea is the smallest African country to be a member of the United Nations.

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6. Equatorial Guinea is the only country in Africa to have Spanish as an official language.

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7. Equatorial Guinea is the third largest oil exporter in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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8. Equatorial Guinea is one of the richest countries in Africa.

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9. Equatorial Guinea is a tiny West African country surround by Cameroon to the North, Gabon to the South and the Atlantic Ocean to the West.

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10. Equatorial Guinea is located on the western coast of Africa, between Cameroon and Gabon.

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11. Equatorial Guinea has the highest proportion of baptized Catholics on the African continent, which indicates the success of evangelization efforts during the colonial period.

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12. Equatorial Guinea has minor border disputes with Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea involving coastal areas which define off-shore territorial and affect ownership of potential future oil concession in the Gulf of Guinea.

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13. Equatorial Guinea lies on the equator and has a tropical climate.

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14. In 2002 Equatorial Guinea was in the midst of maritime boundary and border disputes with Nigeria, Cameroon, and Gabon.

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15. Equatorial Guinea has undergone many years of international isolation, its tourism industry is undeveloped.

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16. Equatorial Guinea has minor border disputes with Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea involving coastal areas that define offshore territorial and affect ownership of potential future oil concession in the Gulf of Guinea.

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17. Equatorial Guinea is part of the central Africa CFA franc zone and the Cameroon-based Bank of Central African States coordinates monetary policy.

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18. Equatorial Guinea had a minor border dispute with Cameroon that was resolved by the International Court of Justice in 2002.

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19. Equatorial Guinea is part of the central Africa CFA franc zone, and the Cameroon-based Bank of Central African States coordinates monetary policy.

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20. Equatorial Guinea has had generally cordial relations with its neighbors.

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21. Equatorial Guinea is the third largest producer of crude oil in sub-Saharan Africa, after Nigeria and Angola.

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22. Equatorial Guinea has two of the deepest Atlantic seaports of the region, including the main business and commercial port city of Bata.

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23. Equatorial Guinea is estimated to have 2,600 MW of hydropower potential.

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24. The Government of Equatorial Guinea has sold some state enterprises.

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25. Equatorial Guinea is on the west coast of equatorial Africa, bordered by Cameroon to the north and Gabon to the south and east.

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26. Equatorial Guinea severed its diplomatic ties with Spain in 1977.

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27. Equatorial Guinea experienced many years of international isolation, especially during the Macias dictatorship.

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28. Equatorial Guinea has three radio stations, all of which are government-owned.

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29. Equatorial Guinea has deposits of iron ore, manganese, uranium and titanium.

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30. On October 12, 1968, Equatorial Guinea was granted complete independence from Spain.

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31. Equatorial Guinea is a new country and inhabitants are striving to build a stable nation.

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32. Equatorial Guinea has a literacy rate of 78.5 percent, much higher than the Sub-Saharan African average of 55 percent.

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33. Equatorial Guinea is a small West African nation of 28,051 square kilometers, roughly the same size as Maryland.

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34. Equatorial Guinea has undergone many years of international isolation, its tourism industry is very undeveloped, with limited hotel space available in Malabo and Bata.

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35. Equatorial Guinea has two government-owned radio stations broadcasting in Spanish, French, and local languages, including Fang, Bubi, and Combe.

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36. In 2001, Equatorial Guinea had the world's fastest-growing economy as oil production, with ExxonMobile as the main producer, reached 200,000 barrels per day.

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37. Equatorial Guinea made its first standby loan agreement with the IMF in 1985 and negotiated a structural adjustment agreement in 1988.

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38. Equatorial Guinea has proven natural gas reserves estimated, as of 1 January 2005, of 1.3 trillion cu ft, according to the Oil and Gas Journal.

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39. In 1985, Equatorial Guinea joined the CFA franc zone, improving the economic situation.

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40. Equatorial Guinea joined the United Nations on 12 November 1969; it participates in ECA and several nonregional specialized agencies.

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41. In 2017 Equatorial Guinea signed a preliminary agreement with Ghana to sell liquefied natural gas; as oil production wanes, the government believes LNG could provide a boost to revenues, but it will require large investments and long lead times to develop.

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42. Equatorial Guinea is one of the smallest and least populated countries in continental Africa and is the only independent African country where Spanish is an official language.

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43. Equatorial Guinea was a Spanish colony on 2 separate occasions: between 1778 and 1810 and from 1844 to 1968.

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44. Equatorial Guinea is one of the largest oil producers in Africa.

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45. Equatorial Guinea is 1 of 10 African countries with a population of less than one million, based on projected estimates.

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46. Equatorial Guinea is located on the west coast of Central Africa.

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47. Equatorial Guinea is on the west coast of Central Africa.

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48. Equatorial Guinea is famous for the swimmers Eric Moussambani, nicknamed "Eric the Eel", and Paula Barila Bolopa, "Paula the Crawler", who had astoundingly slow times at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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49. In June 2016, Equatorial Guinea was chosen to host the 12th African Games in 2019.

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50. Equatorial Guinea was chosen to co-host the 2012 African Cup of Nations in partnership with Gabon, and hosted the 2015 edition.

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51. Majority of the people of Equatorial Guinea are of Bantu origin.

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52. Equatorial Guinea tried to be validated as an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative–compliant country, working toward transparency in reporting of oil revenues and prudent use of natural resource wealth.

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53. Equatorial Guinea is a member of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa.

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54. Equatorial Guinea has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons.

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55. Equatorial Guinea lies between latitudes 4°N and 2°S, and longitudes 5° and 12°E.

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56. In February 2010, Equatorial Guinea signed a contract with the MPRI subsidiary of the US defense corporation L3 Communications for coastal surveillance and maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

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57. Equatorial Guinea broke off ties with Spain and the West.

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58. Since the mid-1990s, Equatorial Guinea has become one of sub-Saharan Africa's largest oil producers.

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59. Equatorial Guinea consists of two parts, an insular and a mainland region.

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60. Equatorial Guinea is the only sovereign African state in which Spanish is an official language.

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