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Republic of Guinea Bissau

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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.

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