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Equatorial Guinea

Background

Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. President Teodoro OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO has ruled the country since 1979 when he seized power in a coup. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996, 2002, and 2009 presidential elections - as well as the 1999 and 2004 legislative elections - were widely seen as flawed. The president exerts almost total control over the political system and has discouraged political opposition. Equatorial Guinea has experienced rapid economic growth due to the discovery of large offshore oil reserves, and in the last decade has become Sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil exporter. Despite the country's economic windfall from oil production resulting in a massive increase in government revenue in recent years, there have been few improvements in the population's living standards.

About

Equatorial Guinea is a small country in West Africa, divided into two parts, the mainland and the islands. A former Spanish colony, it borders Cameroon and Gabon. This country is one of the largest oil producing countries in Sub-Sahara, behind Angola and Nigeria. Since the discovery, the country has flown into economic stardom, but this country remains one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and it is very common to see officials asking for bribes around the corners of the country.

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Equatorial GuineaSofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf 

Zona Sipopo
P O Box 209
Malabo 00209
Equatorial Guinea

Price (US$): $356 - $646 / night

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Location. Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf is located on the beach in Malabo and attractions in the region include Cathedral de Malabo, Estadio Internacional, and Malabo City Hall. Regional points of interest also include Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial. Hotel Features. Dining options at Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf include 3 restaurants. 2 bars/lounges are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include 2 spa tubs. Also located on site are a… more »

Equatorial GuineaSofitel Malabo President Palace 

Plaza De La Independencia
Centro Historico
Malabo 099940
Equatorial Guinea

Price (US$): $344 - $1736 / night

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Location. Sofitel Malabo President Palace is a business friendly hotel located in Malabo, close to Cathedral de Malabo, Malabo City Hall, and Estadio Internacional. Additional points of interest include Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial. Hotel Features. Sofitel Malabo President Palace's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges… more »

Equatorial Guineaibis Malabo 

P O Box 201
Malabo 2
Malabo
Equatorial Guinea

Price (US$): $197 - $198 / night

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Location. Located in Malabo, ibis Malabo is near the airport and close to Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial, Malabo City Hall, and Estadio Internacional. Nearby points of interest also include Cathedral de Malabo. Hotel Features. Ibis Malabo's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. This 3.5 star property offers small meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment, and business services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public… more »

Equatorial GuineaIbis Bata 

Paseo Maritimo
Bata
Equatorial Guinea

Price (US$): $182 - $183 / night

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Location. Ibis Bata is located on the beach in central Bata, close to Bata City Hall and Clock Square. Hotel Features. Ibis Bata's restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. This Bata property has 2 meeting rooms. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a… more »

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Equatorial Guinea

Full name
Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Capital
Malabo
Location

Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Cameroon and Gabon

Geographic coordinates

2 00 N, 10 00 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Maryland

Border countries

Cameroon 189 km, Gabon 350 km

Coastline

296 km

Climate

tropical; always hot, humid

Terrain

coastal plains rise to interior hills; islands are volcanic

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Pico Basile 3,008 m

Natural resources

petroleum, natural gas, timber, gold, bauxite, diamonds, tantalum, sand and gravel, clay

Population

650,702 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Fang 85.7%, Bubi 6.5%, Mdowe 3.6%, Annobon 1.6%, Bujeba 1.1%, other 1.4% (1994 census)

Religions

nominally Christian and predominantly Roman Catholic, pagan practices

Languages

Spanish 67.6% (official), other 32.4% (includes French (official), Fang, Bubi) (1994 census)

Government type

republic

Independence

12 October 1968 (from Spain)

National holiday

Independence Day, 12 October (1968)

Chief of state

President Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Teodoro OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO (since 3 August 1979 when he seized power in a military coup)

Head of government

Prime Minister Ignacio MILAM Tang (since 8 July 2008);

Internet country code

.gq

Internet users

14,400 (2009)

Airports

7 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Bata, Luba, Malabo (2010)

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