Republic of Guinea Bissau
Capital city: Bissau, largest city (main seaport and international airport).
Area: 36125 square km
National day: 10 September
Independence: 10 September 1974, Formerly Portuguese colony.
Population: 1.2 million as of 2000
Leader: Kumba Yala born 1953, President as at January 2000.
Language: Portuguese (official), Creole, Balanta, Bjiago, Fulani.
Currency: CFA francs.