Country's codes

International phone code for Equatorial Guinea: +240

Standard ISO 3166-1:

    3 letters: GNQ

    2 letters (internet domain): .GQ

    Digital country code: 226

Standard EAN-13 (country barcode):

Olympic country code: GEQ

FIFA code: EQG


Useful country information

Total area: 10,830 sq mi (28,050 sq km)

Population (2022 est.): 1.45 million

Capital and largest city (2022 est.): Malabo, 165,000

Capital City
Malabo: Capital City Profile

Monetary unit: CFA Franc

National name: Rpublica de Guinea Ecuatorial

Current government officials

Languages: Spanish (official) 67.6%, other (includes French (official), Fang, Bubi) 32.4% (1994 census)

Ethnicity/race: Fang 85.7%, Bubi 6.5%, Mdowe 3.6%, Annobon 1.6%, Bujeba 1.1%, other 1.4% (1994 census)

National Holiday: Independence Day, October 12

Religions: nominally Christian and predominantly Roman Catholic, pagan practices


Background:

The country gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. President OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO has ruled the country for over two decades since seizing power from his uncle, then President MACIAS, in a 1979 coup. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996 and 2002 presidential elections - as well as the 1999 and 2004 legislative elections - were widely seen as flawed. The president exerts almost total control over the political system and has discouraged political opposition.
Equatorial Guinea has also experienced rapid economic growth due to the discovery of large offshore oil reserves, and in the last decade has become Sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil exporter.



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