Republic of Equatorial Guinea

República de Guinea Ecuatorial

Area: 10,830 sq. mi. (28,051 sq. km.).

Population: 300,000 (1983C); 504,000 (2004E).

Major Urban Centers (1983C): MALABO (Bioko, 15,253), Bata (Río Muni, 24,100). In 1986 the figures for Malabo and Bata were reported to have shrunk to 10,000 and 17,000, respectively.

Official Language: Spanish. (French was adopted as a “commercial” language in September 1997 during a period of friction between Malabo and Madrid. In addition various African dialects are spoken, and pidgin English serves as a commercial lingua franca.)

Monetary Unit: CFA franc (official rate July 1, 2005: 541.80 CFA francs = $1US). (The CFA franc, previously pegged to the French franc, is now permanently pegged to the euro at 655.957 CFA francs = 1 euro.)

President: Gen. Teodoro OBIANG Nguema Mbasogo (Democratic Party ...

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