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For future reference the Wikitravel:CIA World Factbook 2002 import can be found at Talk:Guinea-Bissau/CIA World Factbook 2002 import. -- Huttite 03:20, 28 Mar 2005 (EST)


Regions[edit]

ChubbyWimbus placed a link on the Regions Map Expedition for the Wikipedia article that the provinces can be divided into three regions. I'm not so sure. The Bijagós Archipelago are the only destination in G-B I've heard about and they seem to be a popular tourist draw...so I think they should be their own region (the archipelago corresponds with the Bolama region). Geographically speaking, the interior is forest-savanna whereas the coast is mostly mangrove swamps and forests. I'm not sure what differences there are between coastal areas to the north and south of the Rio Geba. If we can't find any, then the regions should be (using this map):

Does this seem good? AHeneen 02:57, 26 January 2010 (EST)

Looks okay to me. It's nice when the political boundaries are also good travel boundaries. ChubbyWimbus 04:16, 27 January 2010 (EST)
Hmm, this is another very small country (half the size of West Virginia) with a population of just over 1 million, very low economic activity, a marginal tourist sector, and very little content on Wikitravel. I'm not sure regions make sense at this point. That said, we should have an article for the Bijagós Archipelago. If not breaking down the country yet, that could be either listed as the sole subregion, or as an OD. --Peter Talk 20:21, 28 January 2010 (EST)
I agree that Guinea-Bissau does not need regions. Bijagos Archipelago could easily be treated as an OD as proposed. --Burmesedays 21:38, 31 January 2010 (EST)

Stay safe[edit]

The expressions: "Guinea-Bissau is a violent country" and "White Europeans are especially vulnerable, and will be singled out by natives seeking to enact racial crime." are very exaggerated and give a wrong picture of the country. Crimes with a racial backround aiming to harm white europeans are extremely rare. If anyone has sources to prove me wrong I'm open for it. But in all the years I spent in Guinea Bissau, I can't recall a single "racial" crime against white europeans. NemoSum 18:35, 25 March 2013 (CET)

Thanks for your insight, Roland. Like everyone else with intentions to be fair and help the traveller you are very welcome to edit our article appropriately! --118dot93dot73dot30 18:25, 25 March 2013 (EDT)
I have to agree with Roland, can someone who is more senior on this website please remove the slander? I am inclined to just remove everything written there, it's just completely unfounded.
I have lived in Guinea-Bissau now for half a year (agreed, not long) and have never had any violent experience (contrary to tourism hotspot Ghana for example), nor have I ever heard of one, apart from those associated with the coup-d'etats, but that was not aimed at expats. There are almost no tourists here, so also no criminals targeting them.
"Guinea-Bissau has one of the highest rates of petty and violent crime on the continent, which should not be underestimated, a lack of much law enforcement, and a very dysfunctional government" where is the source?! It cannot be the "UK Government travel advisory" because it literally reads "Crime rates in Guinea-Bissau are not high".
Yes, I hear there are narcos, but they just want to get their dope from South America into Europe, they have no intention of bothering anyone inside Guinea-Bissau.
No, the UK does not have an embassy here, but the honorary consul is Dutch and an overall great guy, highly approachable and with connections to the top of the political hierarchy of the nation. Reach Mr Jan van Maanen at (+245) 955522772.
The nightclubs here are fine, no problem, with hundreds of Africans to 1 or 2 whites, you'll never feel safer. Also, I do not think there are any nightclubs attached to major hotels (I do not know of any major hotels for that matter, only little ones) so whoever wrote this seems not to know what he's talking about. You will have to watch your back, but no more than at any nightclub in Europe in my opinion.
Yeah the country has no money, but the people are not starving and at peace (generally speaking).
And there is no Ebola here! There could have been, sure, and if it had come here this would have been totally devestating, but the disease has not come here so we might as well remove the big warning sign.
Government officials surveilling christians?! Who comes up with this stuff? Government officials here are far too busy listening to music to be surveilling anyone. Muslems here generally practice the very definition of "moderate islam". It is true there are some radical mosques who target impressionable youth, but no more than other nations (hello Belgium!) and often such youths are brought back into the moderate fold by their families. I have enjoyed a stiff drink or two with muslem friends in 99.9% muslem areas.
I'm sorry if this is ranty, but the slander here angers me. Guinea-Bissau is an awesome little country and it does not deserve the press it's being given here. Instead, it could use a bit of (eco)tourism. We have lots of chimpansees! :) —The preceding comment was added by 197.214.81.188 (talkcontribs)
Hi, thank you so much for your valuable insights about Guinea-Bissau (it's not ranty at all). Since you've been living in Guinea-Bissau for half a year, you must know it pretty well. Can you please plunge forward and change all information you think is misleading and maybe help us to add more information about it? We would definitely love to see more of your contributions here. Please let me know if you have any questions. Cheers! --Binbin (talk) 23:55, 2 January 2016 (EST)

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