Equatorial Guinea Population, People, Languages and Religions

By | January 21, 2022

Equatorial Guinea Country Overview

Where is Equatorial Guinea located? Equatorial Guinea is a country located in Sub-Saharan Africa. Within the time zone map it is in the same zone as Europe. The time zone map describes the time difference between the individual countries and the official world time and then divides them into world time zones. The time zone that Equatorial Guinea is in means that it is one hour off World Clock, ie one hour ahead of Universal Time.

Equatorial Guinea National Flag

Population Distribution

As of 2023, the latest population of Equatorial Guinea is 836,178, based on our calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).

Total population 836,178
Population growth rate 2.35%
Birth rate 32.20 births per 1,000 people
Life expectancy
Overall life expectancy 63.12 years
Men life expectancy 62.09 years
Women life expectancy 64.18 years
Age structure
0-14 years 39.46%
15-64 years 56.60%
65 years and above 3.94%
Median age 19.50 years
Gender ratio (Male to Female) 0.99
Population density 29.81 residents per km²
Urbanization 48.10%
predominantly Bantu: 84% catch, Benga and others on the mainland, 10% Bubi u. 3000 Fernandinos on organic produce
Christians (mainly Roman Catholic) 88.8%; Non-denominational 5.9%; Popular religions 4.6%; Muslims 0.5%; Other 0.2%
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.588
HDI ranking 144th out of 194

People in Equatorial Guinea

The majority of the population of Equatorial Guinea belong to the Fang tribe. 80 to 85 percent of the population are caught. They belong to the Bantu peoples. Bantu people live in the central and southern part of Africa, as you can see on the map on the next page. They speak Bantu languages. Fang also live in smaller numbers in the neighboring areas in Gabon and Cameroon.

72 percent of the population live in cities, 28 percent in rural areas. Each woman has an average of 4.5 children. This is very much. We have 1.4 children per woman.

Several minorities also live in Equatorial Guinea. The largest group are the Bubi, also a Bantu people. They make up around 6.5 percent of the population. Bubi only live on Bioko, where they were originally the local people. There they still live today, especially in the less accessible villages. They were suppressed during the dictatorship in the 1970s. Before that they made up at least 20 percent of the population. Many boys emigrated to Spain or the neighboring countries Gabon and Cameroon during this time.

Other minorities in the country come from the Ndowé, Benga and others.

Languages in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea has three official languages: Spanish, French and, since 2010, Portuguese. Spain was the colonial power in the country for a long time, namely since 1778 on Bioko, since 1884 on Annobón and since 1900 also on the mainland.

Equatorial Guinea is the only country in Africa where Spanish is the official language. First of all, Spanish is the language of education and administration. However, the Spanish here differs from the Spanish spoken in Spain. There are differences in vocabulary and pronunciation. 67 percent of the population speak Spanish.

But the population learns the language of their people as their mother tongue. So the Fang speak Fang and the Bubi Bube, as their language is called. Both are Bantu languages, as are the languages ​​Benga, Ndowé, Molengue or Kwasio, which are often only spoken by a few people. Fang is an important lingua franca in Equatorial Guinea as it is understood by many residents.

Religions in Equatorial Guinea

Most of the residents of Equatorial Guinea are Christians. Many were converted to Christianity by missionaries around 1900. The long period of Spanish rule resulted in most of the population being Catholics (87 percent). Five percent are Protestants. Two percent are Muslim. Five percent follow the traditional natural religions.