Guinea-Bissau Population 2017

1,864,181

Guinea Bissau, officially the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, is a country in West Africa bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Senegal, and Guinea. In 2017, the population of Guinea Bissau is estimated at 1.86 million, which ranks 149th in the world.

Guinea Bissau's population is believed to have grown to 1.86 million, compared to the official population of 1.3 million at the 2002 census. The population density of Guinea Bissau is 44 people per square kilometer (154th in the world).

The only city with a population of more than 30,000 is Bissau, the capital, with an estimated population of 388,000 in 2005. The next-largest city is Bafata, with about 23,000 people.

Guinea Bissau Demographics

Guinea Bissau is an ethnically diverse country. The Fula (30%) and Mandinka-speaking people (13%) make up the largest percentage of the population and live mostly in the north and northeast. The Balanta (30%) and Papel (7%) people live in the southern coastal area. The Manjaco (14%) and Mancanha people live in the central and northern coastal regions of the country. The rest of the population is mostly mesticos of mixed African and Portuguese descent with a small Cape Verdean population.

Guinea Bissau did have a high Portuguese population until it gained independence, at which point most Portuguese people left.

While Portuguese is the official language of Guinea Bissau, only 14% of the population peaks the language. 44% speak Kriol, a Portuguese-based creole language, while the rest speak several native African languages. Because Guinea Bissau is surrounded by French-speaking countries, French is taught in schools as well.

About 50% of the population practices Islam, while 10% practice Christianity. An estimated 40% continue to practice indigenous religions, although many residents combine Islamic and Christian faiths with traditional beliefs.

Guinea-Bissau Population in 2018Source: Kode12

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Guinea-Bissau Population Growth

Guinea Bissau is currently growing at a rate of 2.4% per year. By 2020, Guinea Bissau is predicted to have a population of 1.893 million, which should pass two million by 2025.

About Guinea-Bissau

Official NameRepublic of Guinea-Bissau
Languages SpokenPortuguese
BordersGIN, SEN
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude12-15
Currencies UsedXOF

Guinea-Bissau Population Density

Name Population
Bissau388,028
Bafata22,521
Gabu14,430
Bissora12,688
Bolama10,769
Cacheu10,490
Catio9,898
Bubaque9,244
Mansoa7,821
Buba7,779
Quebo7,072
Canchungo6,853
Farim6,792
Quinhamel3,128

Guinea-Bissau Population Clock

What is the population of Guinea-Bissau (as of 11/15/2017)?1,864,181
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)1,861,283
Births Per Day38
Deaths Per Day12
Net Migrations Per Day -5
Net Change Per Day 21
Population Change Since January 1st6,699

Guinea-Bissau Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 35.644 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 11.514 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.022 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 56.065 years
Male Life Expectancy 54.289 years
Female Life Expectancy 57.892 years
Total Fertility Rate 4.604 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.82 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 83.171 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 138.477 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.145 years
Rate of Natural Increase 23.926
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 24.605%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 26.204%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 22.937%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 38.856%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 42.089%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 35.522%
Median Age (Total) 20 years
Median Age (Female) 20.5 years
Median Age (Male) 19.5 years

Guinea-Bissau Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20171,861,28349.20%50.80%522.53%
20151,770,52649.16%50.84%492.62%
20101,555,88049.02%50.98%432.42%
20051,380,83848.83%51.17%382.12%
20001,243,22948.93%51.07%341.80%
19951,137,12248.88%51.12%312.35%
19901,012,28048.79%51.21%282.39%
1985899,50948.69%51.32%252.35%
1980800,85448.55%51.45%220.57%
1975778,47049.32%50.68%221.81%
1970711,82749.30%50.70%201.75%
1965652,56249.31%50.69%181.15%
1960616,40949.35%50.65%171.39%
1955575,38249.40%50.60%161.45%
1950535,43049.43%50.57%150.00%

Guinea-Bissau Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20202,000,69449.26%50.74%550.00%
20252,241,86549.35%50.65%622.30%
20302,492,58049.40%50.60%692.14%
20352,755,47349.44%50.56%762.03%
20403,031,19649.46%50.54%841.93%
20453,315,68049.46%50.54%921.81%
20503,602,73649.45%50.55%1001.67%
20553,886,40049.43%50.57%1081.53%
20604,163,16549.40%50.60%1151.39%
20654,432,07949.36%50.64%1231.26%
20704,691,25049.30%50.70%1301.14%
20754,939,05649.24%50.76%1371.03%
20805,171,09649.16%50.84%1430.92%
20855,385,21949.09%50.91%1490.81%
20905,578,22649.02%50.98%1540.71%
20955,749,86548.95%51.05%1590.61%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer