Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau Overview

Guinea-Bissau is a small, independent country on the bulge of Africa’s west coast. It also includes the offshore Bijagos (or Bissagos) Islands. Guinea-Bissau was Portuguese Guinea, an overseas province of Portugal, until 1974. That same year, the province won its independence after an 11-year war against Portuguese rule.

Guinea-Bissau’s beaches and wildlife are exceptional, while the Bijagos Islands off the coast of Guinea-Bissau offers superb scenery. The islands are home to a group of indigenous people, turtles, sharks, and a rare species of hippopotamus that lives mostly in salt-water.

CLIMATE

Guinea-Bissau has a tropical climate with a dry and a wet season. During the dry season, which lasts from December to May, temperatures average 74° F (23° C). During the wet season, temperatures average 83° F (28° C). The heaviest rains fall in July and August. The yearly rainfall averages 95 inches along the coast and 55 inches inland.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Bissau
POPULATION: 1.5 million
LANGUAGE: Portuguese
CURRENCY: CFA Franc BCEAO
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +245
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +0