Quick Facts

  • A semi-presidential republic
  • Independence: 1974 (from Portugal)
  • Capital city: Bissau (pop. 492,000)
  • Divided into 8 regions
  • Population: 1,726,170
  • Official language: Portuguese
  • Climate: tropical with dry and rainy seasons
  • Economy: agriculture-based
  • Literacy rate: 59.9%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A republic
  • Chief of state: President Jose Mario Vaz (since 2014) – elected by popular vote
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Carlos Correia (since 2015) – appointed by the president

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 549/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 89.21/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 50.23 years
  • Health expenditures: 5.5% GDP
  • Physician density: 1/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.1/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 3.69%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, schistosomiasis, rabies
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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