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 Equatorial Guinea
Administrative divisions 7 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia); Annobon, Bioko Norte, Bioko Sur, Centro Sur, Kie-Ntem, Litoral, Wele-Nzas
Age structure 0-14 years: 42.2% (male 108,179; female 107,164)

15-64 years: 54% (male 132,342; female 143,509)

65 years and over: 3.8% (male 8,576; female 10,703) (2003 est.)
Agriculture - products coffee, cocoa, rice, yams, cassava (tapioca), bananas, palm oil nuts; livestock; timber
Airports 3 (2002)
Airports - with paved runways total: 2

2,438 to 3,047 m: 1

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2002)
Airports - with unpaved runways total: 1

under 914 m: 1 (2002)
Area total: 28,051 sq km

land: 28,051 sq km

water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative slightly smaller than Maryland
Background Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. President OBIANG NGUEM MBASOGO has ruled the tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands and one of the smallest countries on the African continent, since he seized power in a coup in 1979. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996 and 2002 presidential elections - as well as the 1999 legislative elections - were widely seen as being flawed.
Birth rate 36.94 births/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Budget revenues: $200 million

expenditures: $158 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (2001 est.)
Capital Malabo
Climate tropical; always hot, humid
Coastline 296 km
Constitution approved by national referendum 17 November 1991; amended January 1995
Country name conventional long form: Republic of Equatorial Guinea

conventional short form: Equatorial Guinea

local long form: Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial

local short form: Guinea Ecuatorial

former: Spanish Guinea
Currency Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XAF); note - responsible authority is the Bank of the Central African States
Death rate 12.54 deaths/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Debt - external $248 million (2000 est.)
Diplomatic representation from the US the US does not have an embassy in Equatorial Guinea (embassy closed September 1995); the US ambassador to Cameroon is accredited to Equatorial Guinea; the US State Department is considering opening a Consulate Agency in Malabo
Diplomatic representation in the US chief of mission: Ambassador Teodoro Biyogo NSUE

chancery: 2020 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

telephone: [1] (202) 518-5700

FAX: [1] (202) 518-5252
Disputes - international in 2002, ICJ ruled on an equidistance settlement of Cameroon-Equatorial Guinea-Nigeria maritime boundary in the Gulf of Guinea, but states have not yet agreed to abide by the decision; creation of a maritime boundary in hydrocarbon-rich Corisco Bay with Gabon is hampered by dispute over small islets on Mbane/Mbagne bank, administered and occupied by Gabon since the 1970s
Economic aid - recipient $33.8 million (1995)
Economy - overview The discovery and exploitation of large oil reserves have contributed to dramatic economic growth in recent years. Forestry, farming, and fishing are also major components of GDP. Subsistence farming predominates. Although pre-independence Equatorial Guinea counted on cocoa production for hard currency earnings, the neglect of the rural economy under successive regimes has diminished potential for agriculture-led growth (the government has stated its intention to reinvest some oil revenue into agriculture). A number of aid programs sponsored by the World Bank and the IMF have been cut off since 1993 because of corruption and mismanagement. No longer eligible for concessional financing because of large oil revenues, the government has been unsuccessfully trying to agree on a "shadow" fiscal management program with the World Bank and IMF. Businesses, for the most part, are owned by government officials and their family members. Undeveloped natural resources include titanium, iron ore, manganese, uranium, and alluvial gold. Growth will remain strong in 2003, led by oil.
Electricity - consumption 21.91 million kWh (2001)
Electricity - exports 0 kWh (2001)
Electricity - imports 0 kWh (2001)
Electricity - production 23.56 million kWh (2001)
Electricity - production by source fossil fuel: 94.3%

hydro: 5.7%

nuclear: 0%

other: 0% (2001)
Elevation extremes lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m

highest point: Pico Basile 3,008 m
Environment - current issues tap water is not potable; deforestation
Environment - international agreements party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Law of the Sea, Ship Pollution

signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
Ethnic groups Bioko (primarily Bubi, some Fernandinos), Rio Muni (primarily Fang), Europeans less than 1,000, mostly Spanish
Exchange rates Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XAF) per US dollar - 696.99 (2002), 733.04 (2001), 711.98 (2000), 615.7 (1999), 589.95 (1998)
Executive branch chief of state: President Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Teodoro OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO (since 3 August 1979 when he seized power in a military coup)

head of government: Prime Minister Candido Muatetema RIVAS (since 26 February 2001); First Deputy Prime Minister Miguel OYONO NDONG (since NA January 1998); Deputy Prime Minister Demetrio Elo NDONG NZE FUMU (since NA January 1998)

cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president

elections: president elected by popular vote for a seven-year term; election last held 15 December 2002 (next to be held NA December 2009); prime minister and deputy prime ministers appointed by the president

election results: Teodoro OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO reelected president; percent of vote - Teodoro OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO 97.1%, Celestino Bonifacio BACALE 2.2%; elections marred by widespread fraud
Exports 0 kWh (2001)
Exports $2.5 billion f.o.b. (2002 est.)
Exports 0 cu m (2001 est.)
Exports NA (2001)
Exports - commodities petroleum, methanol, timber, cocoa
Exports - partners US 28.3%, Spain 25.3%, China 17.4%, Canada 10.6%, France 4.9% (2002)
Fiscal year 1 January - 31 December
Flag description three equal horizontal bands of green (top), white, and red with a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side and the coat of arms centered in the white band; the coat of arms has six yellow six-pointed stars (representing the mainland and five offshore islands) above a gray shield bearing a silk-cotton tree and below which is a scroll with the motto UNIDAD, PAZ, JUSTICIA (Unity, Peace, Justice)
GDP purchasing power parity - $1.27 billion (2002 est.)
GDP - composition by sector agriculture: 20%

industry: 60%

services: 20% (1999 est.)
GDP - per capita purchasing power parity - $2,700 (2002 est.)
GDP - real growth rate 20% (2002 est.)
Geographic coordinates 2 00 N, 10 00 E
Geography - note insular and continental regions rather widely separated
Highways total: 2,880 km (1999 est.)
Household income or consumption by percentage share lowest 10%: NA%

highest 10%: NA%
Imports 0 kWh (2001)
Imports $562 million f.o.b. (2002 est.)
Imports 0 cu m (2001 est.)
Imports NA (2001)
Imports - commodities petroleum sector equipment, other equipment
Imports - partners US 29.1%, Spain 15.9%, UK 14.8%, France 10.4%, Norway 7.2%, Netherlands 4.8%, Italy 4.7% (2002)
Independence 12 October 1968 (from Spain)
Industrial production growth rate 30% (2002 est.)
Industries petroleum, fishing, sawmilling, natural gas
Infant mortality rate total: 89.02 deaths/1,000 live births

male: 95.25 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 82.61 deaths/1,000 live births (2003 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 6% (2002 est.)
International organization participation ACCT, ACP, AfDB, BDEAC, CEEAC, CEMAC, ECA, FAO, FZ, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ITU, NAM, OAS (observer), OAU, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WToO, WTrO (observer)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 1 (2002)
Irrigated land NA sq km
Judicial branch Supreme Tribunal
Labor force NA
Land boundaries total: 539 km

border countries: Cameroon 189 km, Gabon 350 km
Land use arable land: 4.63%

permanent crops: 3.57%

other: 91.8% (1998 est.)
Languages Spanish (official), French (official), pidgin English, Fang, Bubi, Ibo
Legal system partly based on Spanish civil law and tribal custom
Legislative branch unicameral House of People's Representatives or Camara de Representantes del Pueblo (80 seats; members directly elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)

elections: last held 7 March 1999 (next to be held NA March 2004)

election results: percent of vote by party - PDGE 80%, UP 6%, CPDS 5%; seats by party - PDGE 75, UP 4 and CPDS 1

note: opposition parties have refused to take up their seats in the House to protest widespread irregularities in the 1999 legislative elections
Life expectancy at birth total population: 54.75 years

male: 52.63 years

female: 56.93 years (2003 est.)
Literacy definition: age 15 and over can read and write

total population: 85.7%

male: 93.3%

female: 78.4% (2003 est.)
Location Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Cameroon and Gabon
Map references Africa
Maritime claims exclusive economic zone: 200 NM

territorial sea: 12 NM
Merchant marine total: 3 ships (1,000 GRT or over) 7,571 GRT/9,670 DWT

ships by type: bulk 1, cargo 1, passenger/cargo 1 (2002 est.)
Military branches Army, Navy, Air Force, Rapid Intervention Force, National Police
Military expenditures - dollar figure $30 million (FY02)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP 2.5% (FY02)
Military manpower - availability males age 15-49: 116,496 (2003 est.)
Military manpower - fit for military service males age 15-49: 59,110 (2003 est.)
National holiday Independence Day, 12 October (1968)
Nationality noun: Equatorial Guinean(s) or Equatoguinean(s)

adjective: Equatorial Guinean or Equatoguinean
Natural hazards violent windstorms, flash floods
Natural resources oil, petroleum, timber, small unexploited deposits of gold, manganese, uranium, titanium, iron ore
Net migration rate 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Pipelines condensate 37 km; gas 39 km; liquid natural gas 4 km; oil 24 km (2003)
Political parties and leaders Convergence Party for Social Democracy or CPDS [Placido MIKO Abogo]; Democratic Party for Equatorial Guinea or PDGE (ruling party) [Teodoro OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO]; Party for Progress of Equatorial Guinea or PPGE [Severo MOTO]; Popular Action of Equatorial Guinea or APGE [Miguel Esono EMAN]; Popular Union or UP [Andres Moises Bda ADA]; Progressive Democratic Alliance or ADP [Victorino Bolekia BONAY]; Union of Independent Democrats of UDI [Daniel OYONO]
Political pressure groups and leaders NA
Population 510,473 (July 2003 est.)
Population below poverty line NA%
Population growth rate 2.44% (2003 est.)
Ports and harbors Bata, Luba, Malabo
Radio broadcast stations AM 0, FM 3, shortwave 5 (2002)
Railways total: 0 km
Religions nominally Christian and predominantly Roman Catholic, pagan practices
Sex ratio at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.01 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 0.92 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.8 male(s)/female

total population: 0.95 male(s)/female (2003 est.)
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal adult
Telephone system general assessment: poor system with adequate government services

domestic: NA

international: international communications from Bata and Malabo to African and European countries; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Indian Ocean)
Telephones - main lines in use 6,000 (1998)
Telephones - mobile cellular 300 (1998)
Television broadcast stations 1 (2002)
Terrain coastal plains rise to interior hills; islands are volcanic
Total fertility rate 4.75 children born/woman (2003 est.)
Unemployment rate 30% (1998 est.)
Waterways none
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