Equatorial Guinea Facts


Equatorial Guinea, State of West Africa; 28,000 km2, 1.3 million residents (2019).Equatorial Guinea consists partly of the mainland area Mbini (formerly Río Muni) located in Cameroon and Gabon and partly of several islands in the Gulf of Guinea: Bioko (formerly Fernando Póo) outside Cameroon and Stora Elobey, Lilla Elobey and Corisco outside Mbini. In addition, the island of Annobón (formerly Pagalu), about 600 km southwest of Bioko, is included in Equatorial Guinea. The capital is Malabo (257,000 residents, 2016), located at Bioko.

Equatorial Guinea Country Flag

Country facts

  • Republic of Guinea Ecuatorial / Republic of Equatorial Guinea
  • Country abbreviation: GQ
  • Area: 28 000 km2
  • Population (2019): 1.3 million residents
  • Capital: Malabo
  • Main language: Spanish (however, the majority speak some Bantu language)
  • State: Republic
  • Head of State: Teodoro Obiang Nguema (President)
  • Head of Government: Francisco Pascual Obama Asue
  • Per capita GDP (2018): US $ 10,174
  • GNI per capita (2018): US $ 7,050
  • Currency unit: 1 CFA franc = 100 centimes
  • Currency code: XAF
  • Country number (telephony): 240
  • Internet domain name: gq
  • Time difference compared to Sweden: 0
  • National Day: October 12 (Declaration of Independence, 1968)

Nature

  • Land use: forest (46%), agricultural land (8%), other (46%)
  • Highest mountain: Basile (3,011 m above sea level)
  • Longest river: Mbini (300 km)

Population

  • Population density (2019): 46 residents per km2
  • Natural population growth (2019) 2.4%; birthrate 34 ‰, death count 10 ‰
  • Age structure (2019): 0-14 years (37%), 15-64 (60%), 65- (3%)
  • Average life expectancy (2019): men 57 years, women 59 years
  • Infant mortality (2019): 67 per 1,000 live births
  • Population forecast (2050): 3 million residents
  • HDI (2017): 0.591 (place 141 of 189)
  • Urbanization rate (2019): 71%
  • Most populous cities (2016): Bata (290,000 residents), Malabo (257,000)

Business

  • Industry’s contribution to GDP (2017): agriculture (3%), industry (55%), service (42%)
  • Exports (2017): US $ 6,118 million
  • Main export products: oil, timber
  • Main exporting countries: China, India, South Korea
  • Imports (2017): US $ 2,577 million
  • Main import products: equipment for the oil industry, building materials, vehicles
  • Main importing countries: Spain, China, USA
  • Railway network: nothing in operation

Equatorial Guinea consists of a mainland part, Mbini, which in the west has a coastal plain which turns into an area with hills. Farther east, an inland plateau with altitude ridges. Of the five islands that are also part of Equatorial Guinea, the two major ones, Bioko and Annobón, are volcanic.

According to the 1991 Constitution, the country is a republic with multi-party systems and elected parliament. The president, who is elected for seven years and can be re-elected for an unlimited number of times, is immune to prosecution for crimes committed before, during and after his term in office. Members of Parliament are elected for five years. In practice, however, the country is closest to a military dictatorship, which since the 1979 coup was ruled by President and Brigadier General Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

The country became independent in 1968, but it was not until the mid-1990s, when significant oil and gas deposits began to be exploited, that the economy began to show positive signs. Soon oil production came to radically change the country’s economic conditions and since the late 1990s, oil has generated about 60% of GDP and over 90% of export revenues. The country is now one of Africa’s largest oil exporters.

Equatorial Guinea Map

Equatorial Guinea Map

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