Bata, Equatorial Guinea

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Bata
Bata
Freedom tower standing by the promenade along the coast
Freedom tower standing by the promenade along the coast
Coat of arms of Bata
Coat of arms
Bata is located in Equatorial Guinea
Bata
Bata
Location in Equatorial Guinea
Coordinates: 1°51′N 9°45′E / 1.850°N 9.750°E / 1.850; 9.750
Country  Equatorial Guinea
Province Litoral
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 250,770
Demonym Batengo
Area code(s) 08

Bata is a port city in the Litoral Province of Equatorial Guinea. With a 2005 estimated population of 173,046, it is the largest city in Equatorial Guinea. It lies on the Atlantic Ocean coast of Río Muni. Bata was formerly capital of Equatorial Guinea and is a transport hub and port, from which ferries sail to Malabo and Douala, and fliers can land at Bata Airport. It is also known for its nightlife and market.

History and economy[edit]

Bata has one of the deepest seaports in the region. Despite this, Bata has no natural harbor and a jetty was built to facilitate offshore handling of ships' cargoes. The principal exports are timber and coffee.[1] The international airport at Bata Airport has flights to several cities, including the capital, Malabo and to Libreville in Gabon. Bata, like Malabo, contains some of the country's best hotels including the Hotel Panafrica, overlooking the beach.[2]

Recent history[edit]

After the anti-Spanish riots of 1969, the European population declined in Bata, and severe economic stagnation affected Bata in the 1970s and early 1980s. The recent oil boom of the country in the late 1980s and 1990s has boosted the development of the city.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Bata
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32
(90)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(87)
30
(86)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(85)
29
(84)
29
(85)
30
(86.1)
Average low °C (°F) 21
(69)
21
(69)
21
(69)
21
(70)
21
(69)
20
(68)
20
(68)
20
(68)
20
(68)
21
(69)
21
(70)
21
(70)
20.7
(68.9)
Precipitation mm (inches) 117
(4.6)
107
(4.2)
213
(8.4)
312
(12.3)
250
(10)
104
(4.1)
0
(0)
8
(0.3)
241
(9.5)
485
(19.1)
310
(12.2)
74
(2.9)
2,221
(87.6)
Source: Weatherbase [3]

Education[edit]

The Colegio Nacional Enrique Nvó Okenve has campuses here and in Malabo.[4]

Transport[edit]

Bata Airport is located north of Bata.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica, Retrieved on June 18, 2008
  2. ^ Liniger-Goumaz, Max (1977). Africa year book and who's who. Africa Journal Ltd. ISBN 0-903274-05-1. 
  3. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Bata, Equatorial Guinea". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  4. ^ "TECHNICAL SUPPORT PROJECT FOR SOCIAL INVESTMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING IN EQUATORIAL GUINEA", Design and Implementation Plan, Contract No. DFD-I-00-05-0020 TO #2, (September 2006 through August 2008).

Coordinates: 1°51′N 9°45′E / 1.850°N 9.750°E / 1.850; 9.750

External links[edit]

Media related to Bata at Wikimedia Commons