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Guinea Bissau Travel Notes -- Guinea Bissau is sandwiched between Guinea and Senegal, and encompasses some 60 offshore islands; including the Bijag�s Islands. Find out more about Guinea Bissau @ Travel Notes.

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Guinea-Bissau is sandwiched between Guinea and Senegal and encompasses some 60 offshore islands; including the Bijagos Islands.

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Guinea Bissau Country Information

Countries neighbouring Guinea-Bissau are: Senegal and Guinea.

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Guinea-Bissau is mainly low-lying and swampy with many large estuaries. The capital, Bissau, is located  on one such estuary - near the mouth of the Geba River - in the middle of Guinea-Bissau's Atlantic coastline.

Nuno Tristao, a Portuguese slave trader, visited the area in 1446, but a Portuguese trading post wasn't established at Bissau until 1687.

The British briefly had a settlement at Bolama in the late 18th century.

Portugal had their land claims disputed by the French and British; and couldn't establish sufficient control over Guinea Bissau, until 1915.

Within 60 years Guinea Bissau became independent; helped in part by the overthrow of the dictatorship in Portugal, during the early 1970's.

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Getting to Guinea Bissau

Airlines & Airports:
Guinea-Bissau is serviced by Air Bissau and TAP Air Portugal. Air Mauritanie and TACV also connect Bissau with Mauritania and Cape Verde.

Bissau's Osvaldo Vieira Airport (OXB) is 8km from Bissau. If you get to the airport too early, you might find it locked.

Adventurous travellers can travel overland from Guinea or Senegal.

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Guinea Bissau Language

A commonwealth of Portuguese-speaking countries was formed on July 17th, 1996, to preserve the Portuguese language, coordinate diplomatic efforts, and improve cooperation among its members: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and Sao Tome and Principe.

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