Republic of Equatorial Guinea
República de Guinea Ecuatorial
Area: 10,830 sq. mi. (28,051 sq. km.).
Population: 300,000 (1983C); 575,000 (2007E).
Major Urban Centers (2005E): MALABO (Bioko, 90,000), Bata (Río Muni, 70,000).
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 November 1, 2008: 517.30 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 of Equatorial Guinea), assumed power as president of a Supreme Military Council following the ouster of MACIE (formerly ...