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Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau Geography Stats

Definitions

  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Land > Per capita: Total land area in square kilometres Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Average precipitation in depth > Mm per year: Average precipitation in depth (mm per year). Average precipitation is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid.
  • Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year: Average rainfall is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid.
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Coastline: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea.
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Land area > Sq. km: Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes."
  • Land area > Square miles: Country land area.
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Surface area > Sq. km: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Area > Comparative slightly less than three times the size of Connecticut 2013
Area > Land 28,000 sq km 2008 140th out of 235
Area > Land > Per capita 18.63 sq km per 1,000 people 2008 84th out of 224
Area > Total 36,125 sq km 2013 139th out of 251
Average precipitation in depth > Mm per year 1,577 2011 53th out of 178
Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year 1,577 2008 52nd out of 169
Climate tropical; generally hot and humid; monsoonal-type rainy season (June to November) with southwesterly winds; dry season (December to May) with northeasterly harmattan winds 2013
Coastline 350 km 2014 129th out of 242
Geographic coordinates 12 00 N, 15 00 W 2013
Land area > Sq. km 28,120 sq km 2008 134th out of 199
Land area > Square miles 13,948 square miles 2013 60th out of 86
Location Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Senegal 2013
Natural resources fish, timber, phosphates, bauxite, clay, granite, limestone, unexploited deposits of petroleum 2013
Surface area > Sq. km 36,120 km² 2005 134th out of 204
Terrain mostly low coastal plain rising to savanna in east 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; Food and Agriculture Organization; Food and Agriculture Organisation, electronic files and web site.; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; World Development Indicators database

Citation

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Guinea-Bissau Geography Profiles (Subcategories)

Area 11 Land boundaries 4
Environment 3 Land use 3
Freshwater withdrawal 6 Surface area 3
Land area 3

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Hi Chantal, under the clauses of the Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention, Article 72, Senegal has claim to the continental shelf off its coast upto 200 nautical miles or to the edge of the continental margin. Guinea-Bissau also has exclusive claim to the waters upto 200 nautical miles off its coast.

The two countries had a long-standing dispute over the the Dôme Flore oilfield off the coast of Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, 70 km southwest of the Casamance river, which is also rich in fishing resources. This was settled in 1993, after 16 years of legal battles and a few skirmishes in 1991, both agreeing to manage and develop their maritime resources jointly.

Posted on 21 Apr 2005

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor