Malabo is the capital city for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, a Central African nation located near the Equator and the Gulf of Guinea. Formerly called Santa Isabel, Malabo is located on the northern coast of Bioko island rather than Equatorial Guinea’s mainland.
Port Malabo and Malabo International Airport enables the capital to benefit from global trade. In 2016, Equatorial Guinea exported US$4.6 billion worth of products.
The Central African country’s highest-value exported products are oil, petroleum gas, organic chemicals, timber, scrap iron and cocoa beans according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Cathedral of Santa Isabel, Green House, Church of San Fernando, Independence Square and Malabo’s New Stadium
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea:
- Nené Ballina, soccer/football coach (born Apr. 29, 1964)
- Jesucristo Esthil Kote López (aka Jhony), soccer player/footballer (born Aug. 15, 1990)
- Miguel Boriba, soccer player/footballer (born May 14, 1990)
- Miguel Jones, soccer player/footballer (born Oct. 27, 1938)
- Álvaro Cervera, soccer/football coach (born Sep. 20, 1965)
- Justice Esono, soccer player/footballer (born Jun. 10, 1986)
- Eva Ngui, Paralympic Games medalist (born Jun. 9, 1985)
- Jhon Epam, soccer player/footballer (born May 2, 1983)
- Rita Bosaho, politician & activist (born May 21, 1965)
- Maximiliano Jones Ivina, Olympic bobsledder for Spain (born Jun. 17, 1944)
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 Malabo, Equatorial Guinea: Equatorial Guinean
Population: 155,983 (Malabo)
Density: 19,498 people per square mile (7,528 per square kilometer)
Population: 759,451 (Equatorial Guinea)
Density: 70 people per square mile (27 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$31.77 billion in 2016 (for Equatorial Guinea, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $38,700
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 Malabo were unavailable.
Official currency used in Malabo: Central African CFA franc
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 20, 2017
Cherry Call, 20 Exciting Facts About Equatorial Guinea. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 20, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Official Government Website, Equatorial Guinea. Accessed on January 20, 2017
The World Factbook, Africa: Equatorial Guinea, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 20, 2017
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Malabo. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Wikipedia, Equatorial Guinea. Accessed on January 20, 2017
World Population Review, Population of Cities in Equatorial Guinea (2016). Accessed on January 20, 2017
Malabo’s city limits contain 8 square miles (21 square kilometers). There were an estimated 155,983 residents in 2016.
At the country level, Equatorial Guinea’s overall population was 759,451 inhabitants living over a land territory equal to 10,831 square miles (28,051 square kilometers).
Population density is much more concentrated within Equatorial Guinea’s capital city Malabo with an average 19,500 residents per square mile (7,500 per square kilometer).
For Equatorial Guinea overall, population density drops significantly to an average 70 people per square mile (27 per square kilometer).
Equatorial Guinea won its independence from Spain on October 12, 1968. Equatorial Guineans celebrate Independence Day each October 12 as a national holiday.