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Equatorial Guinea: Former Spanish Colony and African Island Country

Equatorial Guinea got its independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. President Teodoro Mbasogo has ruled the country since 1979 after seizing power in rebellious battle of the country. The influence of power over democratic political set up can be seen. The government of Equatorial Guinea accused of widespread human rights abuses and of suppressing political opposition in order to gain majority in parliament. Large oil and gas deposits were discovered off Bioko in the mid-1990s and their exploitation has provided spectacular economic growth to Equatorial Guinea. But the fastest growing economy didn't benefit its people. The corruption watchdog Transparency International has put Equatorial Guinea in the top 10 of its list of most corrupt states. The government initiated several programs in order to divert oil revenues into social projects.

Equatorial Guinea Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures:

  • National Name: The Republic of Equatorial Guinea
  • Capital: Malabo
  • Total area : 28,051 sq km (10,830 sq miles)
  • Population: 507,000 (UN, 2007)
  • Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine
  • Languages: Spanish 67.6% (official), other 32.4% (includes French (official), Fang, Bubi) (1994 census)
  • Ethnicity/ Races: Fang 85.7%, Bubi 6.5%, Mdowe 3.6%, Annobon 1.6%, Bujeba 1.1%, other 1.4% (1994 census)
  • Religion: Nominally Christian and predominantly Roman Catholic, pagan practices
  • GDP (Per Capita): $28,200 (2007 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: Male: 60.36 years, Female: 62.13 years (2008 est.)
  • Literacy Rate: Male: 93.4%, Female: 80.5% (2000 est.)

Geographical Information on Equatorial Guinea :

The Equatorial Guinea is located in west central Africa. The larger continental region of Rio Muni lies on the mainland between Cameroon and Gabon. Near to this located the islands of Corisco, Elobey Grande, Elobey and Chico.

Equatorial Guinea has two distinctive and very pronounced seasons: rainy and dry seasons. April to October are the wettest months of the year, and December to March are the driest.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition Of Equatorial Guinea:

The culture of Equatorial Guinea has been influenced by the Spanish culture and of Roman Catholicism. Equatorial Guineans live largely according to ancient customs and witchcraft is still ion practice among the Fang of the mainland. Overall the tribal culture and customs prevailed over the societal structure of Equatorial Guinea. The tribal beliefs, practices and followings are still prevalent in life style of people of Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea's cuisine is simple and tasty. Most popular meals center around meat or fish in a spiced stew. The ingredients and spices for these dishes are generally found in the forests and seas of Equatorial Guinea. Two of the most pfopular dishes in the country are a chicken dish prepared in a peanut butter or cream sauce and served with rice or boiled plantain, and meat or fish grilled with crushed pumpkin seeds and wrapped in huge leaves.

Tourist Attraction of Equatorial Guinea:

Equatorial Guinea is relatively small size with its rich natural vegetation and the beautiful picturesque scenery makes it an amazing country. The tropical forests and snow-capped mountains add to the beauty of the place. It attracts tourists from all corners of the world to this country full of culture and breathtaking scenery. The capital city is Malabo, which is in the Bioko Island, overlooking the gigantic volcano referred as Pico Malabo Volcano. It is a Spanish colonial town that is filled with lively friendly people and lovely flora & fauna coexisting in harmony .

Major Sight-seeing Places in Equatorial Guinea include:

•  Bata

•  Benito

•  Bioko Island

•  Malabo

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