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Welcome to Republic of Guinea-Bissau . Location of Guinea-Bissau In western Africa, bordering Senegal and Guinea. One of the smallest states in continental Africa. Independence since 1974 from Portugal rule. Capital city: Bissau. People of Guinea-Bissau. Population: 1,611,000 (est.)

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  • Location of Guinea-Bissau

  • In western Africa, bordering Senegal and Guinea.

  • One of the smallest states in continental Africa.

  • Independence since 1974

  • from Portugal rule.

  • Capital city: Bissau


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People of Guinea-Bissau

  • Population: 1,611,000 (est.)

  • Nationality: Guinea-Bissauan / Guinean(s)

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

  • Religions: Indigenous beliefs 50%, Muslim 45%, Christian 5%


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Language of Guinea-Bissau

  • Official language: Portuguese

  • Other languages: Crioulo/Creole (language spoken by 44% of the population of Guinea-Bissau), African languages

  • Local greetings… Next page 


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means: Welcome!

Bem-vinda! (female)

means: Congratulations!

means: I Love You


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Guinea-Bissau National Anthem(Esta é a Nossa Pátria Bem Amada)"This is Our Well-Beloved Country"

PORTUGUESE (ENGLISH) LYRICS

Sol, suor e o verde e mar,

(Sun, sweat, verdure and sea)

Séculos de dor e esperança:

(Centuries of pain and hope;)

Esta é a terra dos nossos avós!

(This is the land of our ancestors!)

Fruto das nosas mãos,

(Fruit of our hands,)

Da flôr do nosso sangue:

(Of the flower of our blood:)

Esta é a nossa pátria amada.

(This is our beloved country.)

Nós vamos construir

Na patria immortal

A paz e o progresso!

(We are going to build

Peace and progress

In our immortal country!)

Nós vamos construir

Na patria immortal

A paz e o progresso!

(We are going to build

Peace and progress

In our immortal country!)

Ramos do mesmo tronco,

(Branches of the same trunk,)

Olhos na mesma luz:

(Eyes in the same light;)

Esta é a força da nossa união!

(This is the force of our unity!)

Cantem o mar e a terra

(The sea and the land,)

A madrugada eo sol

(The dawn and the sun are singing)

Que a nossa luta fecundou.

(That our struggle has borne fruit!)

CHORUS:

Viva a pátria gloriosa!

(Long live our glorious country!)

Floriu nos céus a bandeira da luta.

(The banner of our struggle

Has fluttered in the skies.)

Avante, contra o jugo estrangeiro!

(Forward, against the foreign yoke!)


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Regions and sectors of Guinea-Bissau

  • Guinea-Bissau is divided into 8 regions (regiões) and one autonomous sector (sector autónomo).

  • These in turn are subdivided into thirty-seven sectors. The regions are:

  • Bafatá

  • Biombo

  • Bissau*

  • Bolama

  • Cacheu

  • Gabu

  • Oio

  • Quinara

  • Tombali

    *autonomous sector


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Time zone of Guinea-Bissau

  • Guinea-Bissau uses UTC+0(Singapore is UTC+8) time zone.

  • Therefore, when we wake up at 8am in the morning, it is still 12 midnight over at Guinea-Bissau.


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Economy of Guinea-Bissau

  • Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

DO YOU KNOW?

SGD $1 = CFAF $325

(estimated)


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Climate of Guinea-Bissau

  • The climate in Guinea-Bissau is tropical. This means it is generally hot and humid. Average temperature: 26.3°C

  • The average rainfall for Bissau is 2024mm.

  • It has a monsoonal-type rainy season from June to November.

  • From December through May, the country experiences drought.

Typical scenery in Guinea-Bissau


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Economy of Guinea-Bissau

  • The economy depends mainly on agriculture and fishing.

  • Cashew crops have increased remarkably in recent years, and the country now ranks sixth in cashew production.

  • The major exports are fish and seafood, cashew nuts, peanuts, along with small amounts of palm kernels, and timber.

  • Rice is the major crop and staple food.


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Guinea-Bissau- Food Consumption

  • Most Guineans eat rice with fish.

  • The more costly meals contain beef, goat, chicken or pork.

  • Meals are also made with palm oil and peanut sauces and diverse vegetables.

  • Fruit available depends on the season, but mangos, papayas, oranges, grape fruits, bananas, cashews and peanuts are abundant.

  • Also try the sour "fole" fruits and the baobab fruit juice (sumo de cabaceira).

  • Apples, pears, pineapples, watermelons are imported.

  • Vegetables sold in the markets include lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, parsley, okra, potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, chili, sweet potatoes.

  • Street snacks are typically sandwiches with hardboiled egg, omelete, fish or beef - or donuts, cake or hardboiled eggs.

  • Frozen juice in small plastic bags is popular among locals.

Baobab fruit


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Guinea-Bissau- Drinks

  • The people of Guinea-Bissau love to drink a sweet green tea known as “warga”.

  • Non- Muslims also enjoy drinking cashew wine or palm wine.

Warga (strong sweet green tea)


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Foods & Drinksof Guinea-Bissau

  • National specialities:

    • Jollof rice served with chicken or fish.

  • National drinks:

    • Palm wine.

    • Cana de cajeu (cashew rum made from the fruit of the cashew nut).

Palm Wine and Palm Juice 


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Culture of Guinea-Bissau- Music

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

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

Kora (21-string harp-lute)

A kora is built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin


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Sports in Guinea-Bissau

  • There are many traditional African sports in Guinea-Bissau, but wrestling is among the oldest and most popular.

  • The African board game of ouri is played throughout the country.

  • Football (soccer) is the most popular Western sport in Guinea-Bissau.

  • Guinea-Bissau made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Atlanta Games, where it competed in wrestling events.

Ouri (Owari) Game Board


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Places-of-Interest inGuinea-Bissau

The presidential palace –

bombed-out during the civil war, but still standing, though now only inhabited by bats.

The French Cultural Center –

in the Bayana roundabout often features concerts, movies, dance classes, French classes etc.

River Zoo Farm

Bissau Velho –

the old Portuguese colonial centre.

Hotel Bissau Palace –

probably the best restaurant in town. Has a swimming pool that non-guests can use for 5000 FCFA (eat lunch at the pool) and wireless internet.


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Education in Guinea-Bissau

  • Officially, six years of primary education is compulsory for children age 7 to 14.

  • For those children who show scholastic promise, there are five years of secondary education.

  • 2 universities are founded in 2003 (based in Bissau), provide opportunities for higher education.



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Rulang

congratula-se com Guiné-Bissau!

Rulang welcomes Guinea-Bissau!


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