Guinea Bissau Population 2017

1,934,425

Guinea Bissau's population is believed to have grown to 1.79 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 2017Source: 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
Quinhamel3,128
Farim6,792
Canchungo6,853
Quebo7,072
Buba7,779
Mansoa7,821
Bubaque9,244
Catio9,898
Cacheu10,490
Bolama10,769
Bissora12,688
Gabu14,430
Bafata22,521
Bissau388,028

Guinea Bissau Population Clock

What is the population of Guinea Bissau (as of September 13, 2017)?1,934,425
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)1932871
Births Per Day38
Deaths Per Day12
Net Migrations Per Day -5
Net Change Per Day 21
Population Change Since January 1st5,355

Guinea Bissau Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 35.644 births/thousand20
Crude Death Rate 11.514 deaths/thousand22
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.022 people/thousand127
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 56.065 years193
Male Life Expectancy 54.289 years193
Female Life Expectancy 57.892 years192
Total Fertility Rate 4.604 children/woman22
Net Reproduction Rate 1.82 surviving daughters/woman35
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female160
Infant Mortality Rate 83.171 deaths/1,000 live births4
Under Five Mortality 138.477 deaths/thousand3
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.145 years100
Rate of Natural Increase 23.926 36
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 24.605 %189
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 26.204 %191
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 22.937 %187
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 38.856 %187
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 42.089 %188
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 35.522 %187
Crude Suicide Rate 3.1 suicides/thousand136
Median Age (Total) 20 years177
Median Age (Female) 20.5 years177
Median Age (Male) 19.5 years178

Guinea Bissau Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20171,932,87149.639%50.361%681412.29%150
20151,844,32549.639%50.361%651422.36%150
20101,634,19649.637%50.363%581452.38%150
20051,462,78349.594%50.406%521462.15%148
20001,315,45549.413%50.587%461472.12%149
19951,180,87749.344%50.656%411492.19%150
19901,056,20849.35%50.65%371492.25%150
1985944,94149.36%50.64%331472.21%151
1980849,88649.362%50.638%301461.99%151
1975778,48249.321%50.679%271451.72%150
1970711,82849.303%50.697%251411.81%149
1965652,56649.314%50.686%231401.53%147
1960616,40649.353%50.647%211351.13%146
1955575,37749.399%50.601%201331.43%145
1950535,42949.431%50.569%191311.61%144

Guinea Bissau Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20202,068,36249.638%50.362%731392.2%149
20252,300,94449.629%50.371%811332.04%147
20302,540,56449.621%50.379%901281.91%146
20352,788,97349.611%50.389%991211.8%145
20403,044,67249.593%50.407%1081121.69%141
20453,305,00749.573%50.427%1171091.56%139
20503,564,03849.545%50.455%1261061.43%135
20553,816,86449.514%50.486%1351021.29%134
20604,061,01149.478%50.522%1441001.17%134
20654,295,11449.442%50.558%152991.05%133
20704,517,64749.399%50.601%160960.95%131
20754,726,94249.353%50.647%168940.84%131
20804,919,29049.302%50.698%174930.73%131
20855,092,57949.25%50.75%181900.63%131
20905,245,59049.19%50.81%186870.53%128
20955,377,38549.124%50.876%191880.44%128
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations