Bioko Norte Province

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Bioko Norte
Province
Flag of Bioko Norte
Flag
Location of Bioko Norte
Country Equatorial Guinea
Capital Rebola
Area
 • Total 776 km2 (300 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total 299,836
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)

Bioko Norte Province is the most populated of the seven provinces of Equatorial Guinea. Both the provincial capital, Rebola, and the national capital, Malabo are located here. Heavily forested with little urban development, the southern central part includes part of the Parque Nacional del Pico Basilé, a 330 square kilometres (130 sq mi) national park which was established in 2000. On the northeast coast is a hotel run by the Sofitel chain.

Geography[edit]

Bioko Norte Province occupies the northern part of the island of Bioko, the remainder of which comprises Bioko Sur Province. In the northern part are Rebola and the national Equatorial Guinean capital, Malabo. The smaller settlement of Santiago de Baney lies in northeastern part of the province.[1] On the northeast coast is the resort of Sipopo, which contains a 200-room hotel run by the Sofitel hotel chain, Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf.[2] The village of Basupu is situated to the northwest of Malabo, along the main road.[1]

The province is dominated by tropical rainforest with little urban development. There are anti-personnel mines in the forests of Rebola, Baney and the Moka Valley.[3] The southern central part is heavily forested and hilly in the Parque Nacional del Pico Basilé area.[1] The national park spans the southern central part of the province and the northern part of Bioko Sur Province. The 330 square kilometres (130 sq mi) park was established in 2000.[4] The uninhabited island of Islote Horacio (3°45′33″N 8°54′30″E / 3.75917°N 8.90833°E / 3.75917; 8.90833) is located off the northeast coast.[1]

Demographics[edit]

There are significant populations of Bubi people in the province, who speak the Bubi language.[5] The poet Behori Sipi Botau (born 1960), who hails from Rebola, and now living in the United States, is of Bubi ancestry.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Google (7 November 2016). "Bioko Norte Province" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf". Sofitel. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Landmine Monitor Report 2002: Toward a Mine-free World. Human Rights Watch. 2002. p. 248. ISBN 978-1-56432-277-7. 
  4. ^ "Pico de Basile National Park". Protectedplanet.net. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Tortora, Christina; Dikken, Marcel den; Montoya, Ignacio L. (15 February 2016). Romance Linguistics 2013: Selected papers from the 43rd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL). New York: John Benjamins Publishing Company. p. 238. ISBN 978-90-272-6768-9. 
  6. ^ World Literature in Spanish: G-Q. ABC-CLIO. 2011. p. 353. ISBN 978-0-313-33770-3. 

Coordinates: 3°40′48″N 8°46′48″E / 3.68000°N 8.78000°E / 3.68000; 8.78000