17 Facts About Guinea-Bissau


Guinea-Bissau was once part of the kingdom of Kaabu, as well as part of the Mali Empire.

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Guinea-Bissau has a history of political instability since independence, and only one elected president has successfully served a full five-year term.

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Guinea-Bissau is a member of the United Nations, African Union, Economic Community of West African States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Community of Portuguese Language Countries, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, and the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, and was a member of the now-defunct Latin Union.

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Guinea-Bissau was once part of the kingdom of Kaabu, part of the Mali Empire in the 16th century.

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Guinea-Bissau lost the 2019 election, however, to Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who took office in February 2020.

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Guinea-Bissau is a founding member state of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, known as the Lusophone Commonwealth, and international organisation and political association of Lusophone nations across four continents, where Portuguese is an official language.

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In 2018, Guinea-Bissau signed the UN treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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Guinea-Bissau is divided into eight regions and one autonomous sector.

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Guinea-Bissau is bordered by Senegal to the north and Guinea to the south and east, with the Atlantic Ocean to its west.

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Guinea-Bissau is warm all year round with mild temperature fluctuations; it averages 26.

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Guinea-Bissau had a 2019 Forest Landscape Integrity Index mean score of 5.

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Guinea-Bissau has started to show some economic advances after a pact of stability was signed by the main political parties of the country, leading to an IMF-backed structural reform program.

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The government of Guinea-Bissau continues to be ravaged by illegal drug distribution, according to The Week magazine.

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Guinea-Bissau is a member of the Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa.

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Population of Guinea-Bissau is ethnically diverse and has many distinct languages, customs, and social structures.

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Music of Guinea-Bissau is usually associated with the polyrhythmic gumbe genre, the country's primary musical export.

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Cabasa is the primary musical instrument of Guinea-Bissau, and is used in extremely swift and rhythmically complex dance music.

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