Sorin Cosoveanu has provided me with some documentation about changes in Equatorial Guinea. A new city,
Oyala, has been built as a future capital. Its name has been changed to Djibloho; formal name, Djibloho de
Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. And now it has been split from Añisok district as a new district, and simultaneously
made a new province, split from Wele-Nzas province, both named Djibloho.
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter II-3 is dated 2011-12-15. This update changes the spelling of some province
names. Following ISO, I have removed the accent from Wele-Nzás.
|Short name||EQUATORIAL GUINEA|
At the start of the 20th century, there were three Spanish colonies called Elobey, Annobón y
Corisco; Fernando Póo; and Guinea Continental Española. In 1909 they were united under one
administration, forming Territorios Españoles del Golfo de Guinea. The more convenient name Guinea
Española was used increasingly, and finally became official. On 1968-10-12 it became an
Other names of country:
- Danish: Ækvatorialguinea, Republikken Ækvatorialguinea
- Dutch: Equatoriaal-Guinea, Equatoriaal Guinee, Republiek Equatoriaal-Guinea (formal)
- English: Republic of Equatorial Guinea (formal)
- Finnish: Päiväntasaajan Guinea
- French: Guinée f équatoriale
- German: Äquatorialguinea n
- Icelandic: Miðbaugs-Gínea
- Italian: Guinea f Equatoriale
- Norwegian: Ekvatorial-Guinea, Republikken Ekvatorial-Guinea (formal)
- Portuguese: Guiné Equatorial, República f da Guiné f Equatorial (formal)
- Russian: Республика Экваториальная Гвинея (formal)
- Spanish: Guinea Ecuatorial, República f de Guinea f Ecuatorial (formal)
- Swedish: Ekvatorialguinea
- Turkish: Ekvatoral Gine Cumhuriyeti (formal)
Origin of name:
Descriptive: lies near the equator and on the Gulf of Guinea (see Guinea)
Equatorial Guinea is divided into eight provinces.
|I||5,232 ||17||7||San Antonio de Palea|
|Bioko Sur |
|Centro Sur |
|8 provinces ||1,222,442||28,051||10,830|
- HASC: Hierarchical administrative subdivision codes.
- ISO: Province codes from ISO standard 3166-2.
- FIPS: Codes from FIPS PUB 10-4.
- Reg: Region (for key, see "Further subdivisions" below).
- Population: 2015-07-19 census, preliminary results (Source )
See the Districts of Equatorial Guinea page.
Equatorial Guinea also uses a subdivision into two regions. ISO 3166-2 lists them, assigning
them the one-letter codes shown below, and FIPS assigns them the four-character codes shown.
These regions were the former provinces of the country.
|ISO||ISO name||FIPS||FIPS name|
Before 1963, Fernando Póo was subdivided into four regional districts, and Río Muni was
subdivided into 11 municipios.
Litoral province contains the islands of Corisco, Elobey Chico, and Elobey Grande in the Muni
The UN LOCODE page for Equatorial Guinea lists locations in the country, some of them with their latitudes and longitudes, some with their ISO 3166-2 codes for their subdivisions. This information can be put together to approximate the territorial extent of subdivisions.
Origins of names:
- Annobón: From Portuguese anno bom: happy new year, discovered on 1471-01-01.
- Bioko: After Adolfo Bioco, who in turn was born in a village named Bioko. Norte: North. Sur:
- Centro Sur: Spanish for Center-South.
- Fernando Póo: after the Portuguese navigator Fernando Póo, who discovered it and called it Ilha
Formosa (beautiful island).
- Litoral: Spanish for Coastal.
- Macías Nguema Biyogo: After Francisco Macías (later Masie) Nguema Biyogo Ñegue Ndong, dictator
from 1968 until his overthrow in 1979.
- Río Muni: From the estuary at the southwestern corner of the territory, misnamed as a river by
early explorers. Muni is a Pamue word for big.
- 1935-04-16: Guinea Española colony subdivided into two districts: Fernando Póo (capital Santa
Isabel, included Annobón Island) and Guinea Continental (capital Bata, included Corisco and Elobey).
- 1960-04-01: Status of districts changed to Spanish overseas provinces. Guinea Continental renamed
- 1963-12-20: Fernando Póo and Río Muni province were combined to form Guinea Ecuatorial autonomous
- 1973: Name of Fernando Póo island and province changed to Macías Nguema Biyogo (sometimes
given as just Macías Nguema); name of Río Muni province changed to Mbini; name of national capital
changed from Santa Isabel to Malabo; name of Annobón island changed to Pagalu.
- 1979: Name of Macías Nguema Biyogo changed to Bioko; name of Mbini restored to Río Muni; name
of Pagalu restored to Annobón.
- ~1990: The provinces became regions, and were subdivided into the seven new provinces.
- 2015-08-03: Djibloho province split from Wele-Nzas (former HASC code
Sources for census data: 2015 - , 2001 - , 1994 - 
Other names of subdivisions:
Fernando Póo: Fernando Po (variant)
-  FAO: Documento de Perspectiva -
República de Guinea Ecuatorial (retrieved 2007-05-18). Cites
"Estado de población: Resultados del II Censo de Población y II de Viviendas de 1994".
-  Evolución y
Distribución de la población total por sexo y región . Dirección
General de Estadística y Cuentas Nacionales (retrieved 2007-06-05). Paolo Pagani has pointed out
that the implied growth rate from 1994 to 2001 is impossibly high. The earlier census may be
understated, or the later one exaggerated.
-  Censo de
Población 2015: Resultados Preliminares . Ministerio de Economía,
Planificación e Inversiones Públicas (retrieved 2016-03-06).
-  "Solemn
inauguration of the new city of Djibloho ". Equatorial Guinea’s
Press and Information Office (dated 2015-08-03, retrieved 2016-04-22).