Characterized by an average rainfall of 80 inches (2,024 millimeters) during the wet season from June to October contrasted with drought conditions during the remaining seven months, Bissau is the capital city of Guinea-Bissau.
Bissau is also the West African country’s major port overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean.
Guinea-Bissau exported US$273.4 million worth of products around the globe in 2016. Highest-value exports in 2016 from Guineau-Bissau are cashew nuts, timber and frozen fish according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Bissau, Guinea-Bissau: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Bissau Cathedral, Old Presidential Palace, French Culture Centre and Che Guevara Square
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau:
- Amido Baldé, soccer player/footballer (born May 16, 1981)
- Holder da Silva, Olympic sprinter (born Jan. 12, 1988)
- Zezinando, soccer player/footballer (born Jan. 1, 1987)
- Jacira Mendonca, Olympic wrestler (born Jan. 7, 1986)
- Ednilson, soccer player/footballer (born Sep. 25, 1982)
- Ivanildo Cassamá, soccer player/footballer (born Jan. 9, 1986)
- Leopoldina Ross, Olympic wrestler (born Jun. 20, 1976)
- Kenedy, soccer player/footballer (born Feb. 8, 1974)
- Graciela Martins, Olympic runner & hurdler (born Apr. 5, 1987)
- Tomás Paquete, Olympic sprinter (born Sep. 8, 1923)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Guinea-Bissau: Bissau-Guinean
Population: 580,000 (Bissau)
Density: 21,481 people per square mile (8,294 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,759,159 (Guinea-Bissau)
Density: 162 people per square mile (63 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$2.851 billion in 2016 (for Guinea-Bissau, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $1,600
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Bissau were unavailable.
Official currency used in Bissau: West African CFA franc
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 13, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 13, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 2, 2017
Official Government Website, Guinea-Bissau. Accessed on January 13, 2017
The World Factbook, Africa: Guinea-Bissau, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 13, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 13, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Bissau. Accessed on January 13, 2017
Wikipedia, Guinea-Bissau. Accessed on January 13, 2017
Including municipal city limits plus nearby communities, Bissau’s built-up urban land area measures 27 square miles (70 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 580,000 in 2015.
Guinea-Bissau was home to about 18.8 million people as of July 2016. The country’s national borders contain a land area equal to 10,857 square miles (28,120 square kilometers).
Population density is much more concentrated within Guinea-Bissau’s capital city with an average 21,500 inhabitants per square mile (8,300 per square kilometer).
At the country level, population density drops drastically to an average 162 people per square mile (63 per square kilometer) for Guinea-Bissau.
Guinea-Bissau declared its independence from Portugal on September 24, 1973. Each September 24, Guinea-Bissau’s Independence Day is celebrated as a national holiday.