Practical Information in Malabo

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Are you eager to learn some interesting Malabo Practical Information? There sure are some useful facts that may be really helpful to you, if you’re planning a travel to this small city. Read the next few lines, if you want to expand your knowledge.

Population

Although a capital of Equatorial Guinea, Malabo isn’t the largest city in the country. In fact, it is one of the smallest capitals in Africa, with a population of 100 000, located on the small island of Bioko. More than half of the population of Malabo belongs to the Bubi ethnic group, with the rest half being from the Fang, Fernandino and Igbo ethnic groups. 80% of the population on Bioko Island is concentrated in Malabo.

Language

Along with their native Bube language, many of the Bubi people speak Spanish too, of course in a dialect called Equatoguinean (a widespread form of the Spanish language in Africa). Other languages that can be heard in Malabo are Creole English and French, as well as the traditional languages of the other ethnic groups – Fang language and Igbo language. Usually the ethnic groups prefer using their own languages, so you may have some troubles understanding what they’re trying to tell you.

Currency

The local currency is called CFA Franc. CFA stands for Communauté Financière Africaine (the African Financial Community). It is important to know that there are 2 types of CFA Francs – Central African and West African. The ones used in Malabo, and in Equatorial Guinea in general, are Central African. So, although they have the same value, West African CFA Francs won’t be accepted here. Central African CFA Francs are used in a total of 14 countries in the region. 1 CFA Franc has 100 centimes and $1 is worth around 540 CFA Francs.

Economy

An interesting fact about Malabo is that after major oil deposits were discovered near the island in the mid-1990s, the city population doubled. However, oil production isn’t the only source of income for the local citizens. Malabo also has well-developed coffee, cacao and fishing industries.

Transportation

A modern international airport, called Saint Isabel, is located about 9km east of the city. There is also a harbor situated halfway between Saint Isabel and Malabo, which offers regular water transport. Road transportation is a bit difficult, since not all of the roads are paved, and the paved ones are in poor condition. Traveling with minibuses is the main mode of transportation.

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