Tuesday, 14 March 2017

EQUATORIAL GUINEA - República de Guinea Ecuatorial

Equatorial Guinea officially the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Spanish: República de Guinea Ecuatorial, French: République de Guinée équatorialePortugueseRepública da Guiné Equatorial), is a country located in Central Africa, with an area of 28,000 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi). Formerly the colony of Spanish Guinea, its post-independence name evokes its location near both the Equator and the Gulf of Guinea. Equatorial Guinea is the only sovereign African state in which Spanish is an official language. As of 2015, the country has an estimated population of over 1.2 million.
Equatorial Guinea consists of two parts, an insular and a mainland region. The insular region consists of the islands of Bioko (formerly Fernando Pó) in the Gulf of Guinea and Annobón, a small volcanic island south of the equator. Bioko Island is the northernmost part of Equatorial Guinea and is the site of the country's capital,Malabo. The island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe is located between Bioko and Annobón. The mainland region, Río Muni, is bordered by Cameroon on the north and Gabon on the south and east. It is the location of Bata, Equatorial Guinea's largest city, and Oyala, the country's planned future capital. Rio Muni also includes several small offshore islands, such as Corisco, Elobey Grande, and Elobey Chico.


 
 

Equatorial Guinea is one of the most rare country for philatelists, especially cover collectors. The main reason is there is no properly working postal system , especially in mainland. My friend Marcus visited there last year , he took my pre-prepared airmail envelopes to the post office in Bata, unfortunately the post office staff said, no international mails are receiving ! Then he handed over my envelopes to a local contact and instructed to send back once the postal system resume normal. Marcus again visited Bata in 2017 February, but the postal system is still in the same situation. Then he again paid money for postage and requested for postmarking my envelopes, they did. he took back all those covers and posted to me when he visited India. It was a big surprise when I opened the packet ! He said the postal system is working only in capital city Malabo. On the last cover , the stamp[s he bought from Bata post office and affixed. Postage rate is 2000 FCFA, that is the R rate, but there is no R label affixed. eventhough the postmark is poor and not clear, it is big asset into my collection. The covers postmarked on February 09, 2017 and I received in my hands on march 13, 2017. Thank You Marcus for the big help !

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