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Bata is a port city in Equatorial Guineamarker. With a population of around 70,000 people, it is thirty percent smaller than the capital Malabomarker and it is the second largest city in the country. It lies on the Atlantic Oceanmarker coast of Rio Muni.Bata was formerly capital of Equatorial Guinea and is a transport hub and port, from which ferries sail to Malabomarker and Doualamarker, and fliers can land at Bata Airportmarker. It is also known for its nightlife and market.

History and economy

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. The international airport at Bata Airportmarker has flights to several cities, including the capital, Malabo and to Librevillemarker in Gabonmarker.

Recent history

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 with more than 20.


The Colegio Nacional Enrique Nvó Okenve has campuses here and in Malabomarker.


  1. Encyclopedia Britannica, Retrieved on June 18 2008
  2. "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).

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