Regions of Guinea-Bissau

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The African country of Guinea-Bissau is divided into nine regions, one of which is an autonomous city sector. Although the capital of the country is called the Bissau sector, it is equal to the other eight regions. The other eight regions are divided into 37 sectors.

These regions, which exist throughout the country, are unofficially divided into three provinces, although they do not have any political or administrative effect. These provinces are Leste (East: Bafatá, Gabú), Norte (North: Biombo, Cacheu, Oio) and Sul (South: Bolama, Quinara, Tombali).

Regions of Guinea-Bissau Map
Regions of Guinea-Bissau Map

Nine Regions of Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau is divided into nine regions, the highest administrative division. These regions are Bafatá, Biombo, Bissau, Bolama, Cacheu, Gabu, Oio, Quinara and Tombali.

Bafatá

Bafatá is one of nine regions of Guinea-Bissau. The region is located in the northern and central part of the country. Its capital city is Bafatá which is the same name as the region. According to 2009 data of the country with a surface area of 5,981 square kilometers, the population is 225,516. The region forms the border with Senegal country in the north, with the Gabu region in the east, with the Tombali and Quinara region to the north, and to the Oio region to the west.

Biombo

Biombo is one of nine regions of Guinea-Bissau. The region is located in the western part of the country. Its capital city is Quinhámel. According to 2009 data of the country with a surface area of 838 square kilometers, the population is 97,120. The region forms the border with the Cacheu region in the west, the Bissau region in the east and the Oio region in the northeast.

Bissau

Bissau is the country’s largest city, main port, administration and military center. The main commercial ingredients are peanuts, wood materials, palm oil, and rubber. The city was founded in 1687 by the colonists of the Portuguese Empire to be a commercial center and support port. In 1942, it became the capital of the country’s then-named Portuguese Guinea. In 1973 it was replaced by Madina do Boe, but a year later it became the capital again. While the surface area of the Bissau region is 77.5 square kilometers, it has a population of 492,004 according to 2015 data.

Bolama

Bolama is one of nine regions of Guinea-Bissau. The region is located in the southwestern part of the country. Its capital city is Bolama. According to 2009 data of the country with an area of 2,624 square kilometers, the population is 34,563. It is a region consisting of the islands of Guinea-Bissau. These islands are divided into three sectors.

Cacheu

Cacheu is one of nine regions of Guinea-Bissau. The region is located in the most western part of the country. Its capital city is Cacheu. According to 2009 data of the country with a surface area of 5,174 square kilometers, the population is 192,508. The region forms the border with Senegal country in the north, Oio region in the east and Biombo region in the northeast.

Gabu

Gabu is one of the nine regions of Guinea-Bissau. The region is located in the most eastern part of the country. Gabu is the capital city of the same name as the region. According to 2009 data of the country with a surface area of 9,150 square kilometers, the population is 215,530. The region forms a border with the country of Senegal to the north, Guinea to the east and south.

Oio

Oio is one of the nine regions of Guinea-Bissau. The region is located in the central and northern part of the country. Its capital city is Farim. According to 2009 data of the country with a surface area of 5,403 square kilometers, the population is 224,644. The region forms the border with Senegal country to the north, Bafatá region to the east, Cacheu region to the west and Biombo and Bissau to the southwest.

Quinara

Quinara is one of the nine regions of Guinea-Bissau. The region is located in the central part of the country. Its capital city is Buba. According to 2009 data of the country with an area of 3,138 square kilometers, the population is 63,610. The region forms the border with the Oio region in the north, the Bafatá region to the east, the Bolama region to the west, and the Tombali region to the south.

Tombali

Tombali is one of nine regions of Guinea-Bissau. The region is located in the southernmost part of the country. Its capital city is Catió. According to 2009 data of the country with an area of 3,736 square kilometers, the population is 94,939. The region forms a border with the Quinara region to the north, North Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Guinea to the west and south.

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