Imports$327.6 million (2011 est.)
Exports$244.6 million (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)5% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$1,200 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate1.8% (2010 est.)
Internet users37,100 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular594,100 (2009)
Population growth rate1.971% (2012 est.)
Population1,628,603 (July 2012 est.)
Since independence from Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has experienced considerable political and military upheaval.
In 1980, a military coup established authoritarian dictator Joao Bernardo 'Nino' VIEIRA as president.
Despite setting a path to a market economy and multiparty system, VIEIRA's regime was characterized by the suppression of political opposition and the purging of political rivals....
One of the poorest countries in the world, Guinea-Bissau's legal economy depends mainly on farming and fishing, but trafficking narcotics is probably the most lucrative trade.
Cashew crops have increased remarkably in recent years.
Guinea-Bissau exports fish and seafood along with small amounts of peanuts, palm kernels, and timber....
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