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Guinea-Bissau

Once part of the Mali empire, Guinea Bissau is a small country in West Africa. It became a Portuguese colony in the 19th century. After gaining independence from Portugal, the capital's name was added to the name of the country to avoid confusion with Guinea.

The official language is Portuguese, yet only 14% of the people speak it. Most of the population speaks Kriol, which is a creol languge combining elements of native African languages with Portuguese.

Guinea-Bissau is roughly the size of Belgium or the US state of Maryland. The country has an estimated population of 1.5 million people.

The country's GDP per capita is one of the lowest in the world and it's Human Development Index is on the bottom of the list as well.

Portuguese Jews settled along the Guinean coast in the early 1600s to trade gold, slaves, ivory, spices, wax and hides. Guinea-Bissau has no organized Jewish community or permanent Jewish presence. Today there are hardly any Jewish families left in Guinea-Bissau, a country marked by violence and instability. Even those who hold citizenship make their homes elsewhere.

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