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 1935-04-16, the colony was subdivided into two districts: Fernando Póo (capital Santa Isabel, included Annobón Island) and Guinea Continental (capital Bata, included Corisco and Elobey). On 1960-04-01, the two districts became Spanish overseas provinces under the names Fernando Póo and Río Muni. On 1963-12-20 the provinces were combined once more into Guinea Ecuatorial, an autonomous region. On 1968-10-12 it became an independent country.
Descriptive: lies near the equator and on the Gulf of Guinea (see Guinea)
Equatorial Guinea is divided into seven provinces.
|Annobón||I||5,008||2,820||2,006||17||7||San Antonio de Palea|
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.
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|Región Continental||Río Muni|
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 estuary.
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.
Fernando Póo: Fernando Po (variant)
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