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The capital and largest city of Guinea-Bissau, on an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. Founded by the Portuguese in 1687, the city has been a free port since 1869.
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(bɪˈsaʊ) or


(Placename) a port on the Atlantic, the capital of Guinea-Bissau (until 1974 Portuguese Guinea). Pop: 369 000 (2005 est)
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also Bis•são


a seaport in and the capital of Guinea-Bissau, in the W part. 109,214.
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Noun1.Bissau - the capital of Guinea-BissauBissau - the capital of Guinea-Bissau  
Guinea-Bissau, Guine-Bissau, Portuguese Guinea, Republic of Guinea-Bissau - a republic on the northwestern coast of Africa; recognized as independent by Portugal in 1974
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| BRUSSELS, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The European Union Thursday reacted with caution over the issue of 74 Syrian refugees who arrived in Lisbon on the Portuguese national carrier TAP from the west African country Guinea Bissau on Tuesday.
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, Jumada I 27, 1433, Apr 19, 2012, SPA -- The military junta that seized power in Guinea-Bissau last week is now proposing a two-year timeframe for organizing new elections, a lengthy process unlikely to appease the international community and regional mediators, AP reported.
Political parties: In the November 2008 parliamentary elections, the African Party for the Independence of Guinea- Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) won 67 seats; the Social Renovation Party (PRS) won 28 seats; and the Republican Party for Independence and Development won 3 seats.
Summary: Rabat - Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri held talks, here on Monday, with Guinea Bissau's Minister of State Abubacar Demba Dahaba.
has provided over $800,000 for humanitarian demining to a non-governmental organization (NGO) which has removed over 2,500 mines and 11,000 unexploded ordnance from the city of Bissau; $1.6 million in food aid; and nearly $3 million for assistance for refugees, improving the cashew industry, and promoting democracy.
The European Commission and Guinea Bissau agreed on May 31 on a mutually-beneficial Agreement for EU vessels fishing in Guinea Bissau's waters.
The port of Bissau has no meaningful security and containers routinely leave the country without inspection.
Summary: Bissau - President of Guinea Bissau, Malam Bacai Sanha, reiterated on Monday his country's support to Morocco's territorial integrity.
Angola, Cuba, the European Union, France, Gambia, Portugal, Brazil, Nigeria, People's Republic of China, Libya, Senegal, Spain, Guinea, and Russia have embassies in Bissau. Belgium, Canada, Germany, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
The un-policed islands off the coast of Bissau are hubs for major drug trafficking from Latin America.