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Sunday, 08 March 2015 21:48

IVORY COAST

Full name: The Republic of Ivory Coast
Population: 20.6 million (UN, 2012)
Capital: Yamoussoukro
Largest city: Abidjan
Area: 322,462 sq km (124,503 sq miles)
Major languages: French, indigenous languages
Major religions: Islam, Christianity, indigenous beliefs
Life expectancy: 55 years (men), 58 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) franc = 100 centimes
Main exports: Cocoa, coffee, tropical woods, petroleum, cotton, bananas, pineapples, palm oil, fish
GNI per capita: US $1,090 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .ci
International dialling code: +225

Sunday, 08 March 2015 20:07

GUINEA-BISSAU

Full name: The Republic of Guinea-Bissau
Population: 1.6 million (UN, 2012)
Capital: Bissau
Area: 36,125 sq km (13,948 sq miles)
Major languages: Portuguese, Crioulo, African languages
Major religions: Indigenous beliefs, Islam, Christianity
Life expectancy: 47 years (men), 50 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) = 100 centimes
Main exports: Cashew nuts, shrimp, peanuts, palm kernels, sawn timber
GNI per capita: US $600 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .gw
International dialling code: +245

Sunday, 08 March 2015 20:02

GUINEA

Full name: The Republic of Guinea
Population: 10.5 million (UN, 2012)
Capital: Conakry
Area: 245,857 sq km (94,926 sq miles)
Major languages: French, Susu, Fulani, Mandingo
Major religions: Islam, Christianity, indigenous beliefs
Life expectancy: 53 years (men), 56 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Guinean franc = 100 centimes
Main exports: Bauxite, alumina, gold, diamonds, coffee, fish, agricultural products
GNI per capita: US $430 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .gn
International dialling code: +224

Sunday, 08 March 2015 19:53

GHANA

Full name: Republic of Ghana
Population: 25.5 million (UN, 2012)
Capital: Accra
Area: 238,533 sq km (92,098 sq miles)
Major languages: English, African languages including Akan, Ewe
Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs, Islam
Life expectancy: 64 years (men), 66 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: Cedi
Main exports: Gold, cocoa, timber, tuna, bauxite, aluminium, manganese ore, diamonds
GNI per capita: US $1,410 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .gh
International dialling code: +233

Sunday, 08 March 2015 19:50

GAMBIA

Full name: Republic of The Gambia
Population: 1.8 million (UN, 2012)
Capital: Banjul
Area: 11,295 sq km (4,361 sq miles)
Major languages: English (official), Mandinka, Wolof, Fula
Major religions: Islam, Christianity
Life expectancy: 58 years (men), 60 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 dalasi = 100 butut
Main exports: Peanuts and peanut products, fish, cotton lint, palm kernels
GNI per capita: US $500 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .gm
International dialling code: +220

Sunday, 08 March 2015 19:39

GABON

Full name: The Gabonese Republic
Population: 1.5 million (UN, 2012)
Capital: Libreville
Area: 267,667 sq km (103,347 sq miles)
Major languages: French, Bantu-group languages
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 62 years (men), 64 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) franc = 100 centimes
Main exports: Crude oil, timber, manganese, uranium
GNI per capita: US $8,080 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .ga
International dialling code: +241

Sunday, 08 March 2015 19:19

ETHIOPIA

Full name: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Population: 86.5 million (UN, 2012)
Capital: Addis Ababa
Area: 1.13 million sq km (437,794 sq miles)
Major languages: Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya, Somali
Major religions: Christianity, Islam
Life expectancy: 58 years (men), 62 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Birr = 100 cents
Main exports: Coffee, hides, oilseeds, beeswax, sugarcane
GNI per capita: US $370 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .et
International dialling code: +251

Friday, 06 March 2015 23:49

ERITREA

Full name: The State of Eritrea
Population: 5.6 million (UN, 2012)
Capital: Asmara
Area: 117,400 sq km (45,300 sq miles)
Major languages: Tigrinya, Tigre, Arabic, English
Major religions: Islam, Christianity
Life expectancy: 60 years (men), 64 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Nakfa = 100 cents
Main exports: Livestock, hides, sorghum, textiles, salt, light manufactures
GNI per capita: US $490 (World Bank, 2013)
Internet domain: .er
International dialling code: +291

Friday, 06 March 2015 23:44

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Full name: The Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Population: 740,000 (UN, 2012)
Capital: Malabo
Area: 28,051 sq km (10,830 sq miles)
Major languages: Spanish, French
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 54 years (men), 57 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) franc = 100 centimes
Main exports: Petroleum, timber, cocoa
GNI per capita: US $14,320 (World Bank, 2013)
Internet domain: .gq
International dialling code: +240

Friday, 06 March 2015 23:40

EGYPT

Full name: Arab Republic of Egypt
Population: 83.9 million (UN, 2012)
Capital: Cairo
Area: 1 million sq km (386,874 sq miles)
Major language: Arabic
Major religions: Islam, Christianity
Life expectancy: 72 years (men), 76 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Egyptian Pound = 100 piastres
Main exports: Petroleum, petroleum products and cotton
GNI per capita: US $2,600 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .eg
International dialling code: +20

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