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Guinea-Bissau’s flag draws its inspiration from the flag of the Republic of Ghana. It was the struggle of the Ghanaians for freedom that inspired the people of Guinea-Bissau to put up a fight for their very own.


The Portuguese tried desperately to hang on to their colony much longer than other European countries. An armed independence rebellion began in 1956, but it was not until 1974 that the Portuguese finally accepted independence for Guinea-Bissau. Formerly Portuguese Guinea, Guinea-Bissau won independence from Portugal in 1974 after a long struggle.


The overwhelming majority of Guinea-Bissau residents practice indigenous religions. Very few people claim to be christian. 50% of the population is Muslims while nearly 40% practice indigenous beliefs and 10% are Christians. Their official language is Portuguese The coastal groups of Guinea-Bissau believe that ancestor spirits exercise power over the living. The spirits are recognized at public ceremonies where animals are sacrificed. They believe the spirits protect the community against misfortune.

Also, one thing very interesting about thheir culture is they have an event called Carnaval. The highly special event of Guinea Bissau local life, with many festivities happening everywhere from the capital to the islands of the Bijagos Archipelago. This ceremony is a great example of a successful combination between the Western culture, Carnaval, and local traditions.


Guinea-Bissau has a republican government. President is head of state and the Prime Minister is head of government. In 2009 president Viera was reported kill on March 2nd by soldiers as retaliation for the killing of General Tagme Na Waie. Since 1974 no president has successfully served a full 5 year term.

Infant Mortality Rate and Life Expectancy

The Infant Mortality Rate is 93 deaths out of 1000 live births. To put this in perspective, out of 1000 births in The United States only 5 die. Life Expectancy for Guinea-Bissau is 54 years.
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Real GDP per capita

The real GDP per capita in Guinea-Bissau is $563.75
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Literacy Rate

55.3% of people over 15 in Guinea-Bissau can read and write.


Taking into account life expectancy, expected years of schooling, average years of schooling, and GNI per person, the HDI value in Guinea-Bissau is .364.

Strengths and Weaknesses

The weaknesses of Guinea-Bissau is a fragile post conflict country. Weak infrastructure and private sector. It is still recovering from the armed conflict of 1998-1999 which resulted in political instability. They also have a weak law enforcement. A high risk political and economic situation and an often very difficult business environment can have a very significant impact on corporate payment behavior.

Some strengths of Guinea-Bissau is they are on the Atlantic coast so they have access to water. Also, one of their main sources of income is agriculture which is good because they have nice weather for farming. The agricultural sector employs 83% of the labor force.

Done by developed countries

Guinea-Bissau of the world's poorest nations, has been plagued by chronic political instability since gaining independence in 1974. The international community including the United Nations is providing various forms of assistance aimed at helping the West African country build stable, democratic institutions and achieve greater economic prosperity. The Department of Political Affairs provides support and oversight to the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office for Guinea Bissau, UNIOGBIS, a political mission first established in the country in 1999. Guinea-Bissau is still an LCD because these efforts do not bring in the necesities meed such as more fresh water and shelter. The efforts by other countries are on the political side.

Potential for Guniea Bissau

One of Guinea-Bissaus main sources of income is agriculture which is good because they have nice weather for farming. This gives them potential because they have good weather and land to make for the best farming. Guinea-Bissau exports cashew nuts, fish, shrimp, peanuts, palm kernels, sawn lumber. The country imports machinery and transport equipment and petroleum products. If they really focus on their farming and agriculture skills maybe they can thrive more from it and bring more money in the country.

Fun Facts

  • In 2003, there were an estimated 8 mainline telephones for every 1,000 people. The same year, there was 1 mobile phone in use for every 1,000 people.
  • In 2005, the armed forces had 9,700 active personnel
  • Guinea-Bissau's labor force numbered 480,000 in 2002.
  • The agricultural sector employs 83% of the labor force
  • Most traditional housing units are made of adobe, mud, and/or quirinton, a combination of woven branches and straw