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Equatorial Guinea

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EQUATORIAL GUINEA lies about 200 kilometers or 124 miles north of the Equator on the hot, humid coast of West Africa. The country consists of a square-shaped mainland area (Mbini) with its few small offshore islets and the islands of Bioko and Pagalu (Annobon). The mainland has a densely forested, rolling landscape broken by some hills. Bioko is a very fertile volcanic island with two high mountains, steep slopes, and tropical jungle and it is here that the capital, Malabo, is sited beside a volcanic crater flooded by the sea.

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The climate is tropical with plentiful rainfall all year and hot, humid conditions. Wildlife species are varied and abundant in the forests. Most people are engaged in agriculture. Coffee and timber are produced for export on the mainland, while Bioko is the center of the country’s cocoa production.

There is potential for a successful tourist industry. The country achieved independence in 1968, but ongoing political unrest and internal strife have hampered the country’s economy and further development.

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