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Guinea

Description of Guinea

Guinea is a country located in the western part of the African continent. Officially, the name of the country is the Republic of Guinea.

History, Map and Language

In the earlier times, the land was under the rule of African empires. Very little is known about the history from that time. Around 1890, it was colonized by the French. On 2nd October 1958, Guinea was declared to be independent of the French, and the leadership went to autocratic rulers. Many rulers came and went over the years when finally presidential elections were held in 2010.

This country covers a total area of 245,836 km2. Capital is Conakry, which is also the largest city. Due to this, the country is often referred to as Guinea Conakry. It is surrounded by countries like Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Papua Guinea and Guinea Bissau on the map. The coastal region is mostly flat, but the interiors are filled with many hills and mountains. The total population is over 10 million.

French is the official language here, but you will generally find people speaking Fula, Maninka and Susu.

Culture and Holidays

Guinea has a rich culture of 24 different ethnic groups. Fula, Maninka and Susu are the biggest groups. When it comes to religion, Islam is extremely popular. About 85% of the total population is Muslim. After independence, Guinea flourished in music, like all the other countries of western Africa. A lot of international holidays are celebrated here, along with some national ones.

Climate and Weather

The climate is mostly tropical here. For over six months, the country gets a rainy season. Making the annual rainfall of 430 cm. The average temperature of Guinea is 18oC. However, in some regions the weather stays relatively warmer and humidity remains high. Even then the highest mark goes only to 29oC. The cool climate is mainly due to the mountains that cover most of the interiors of the country.

Travel and Tourism

The government started promoting tourism only a few years ago. Connectivity with different parts of the world was promoted and transport inside the country was developed. Many dining options are now available for those who come here for travel purposes. There are several small markets where you can buy cheap souvenirs to remember your trip. The people here are also very warm and welcoming. However, the tourism got a fatal blow when Ebola out broke here in March 2014. It is a deadly disease and has taken uncountable lives till now. No working treatment has been found yet. That’s why most of the resources are being concentrated to contain it. Due this disease, traveling to Guinea is not recommended until Ebola is controlled.

Vacation and Destinations

If you are visiting Guinea for vacation, your first destination should definitely be Conakry. It is the largest, most populated and also most advanced city in the country. Your visit to this country will give you an overview of the whole culture. The city is also famous for its nightlife. You can also visit Kindia for some of the most amazing waterfalls.

Some facts about Guinea

Population of country 10,324,025 people
Area of Guinea 245,857 sq. kilometers
Located on the continent Africa (AF)
Capital of Guinea Conakry
Currency at Guinea Franc (GNF)
Domain Zone .gn
Phone country code 224
FIPS code of Guinea GV

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More information about Guinea

Climate of Guinea:
  • generally hot and humid
  • monsoonal-type rainy season (June to November) with southwesterly winds
  • dry season (December to May) with northeasterly harmattan winds
Terrain of Guinea:
  • generally flat coastal plain, hilly to mountainous interior
Guinea also has such useful resources as: bauxite, iron ore, diamonds, gold, uranium, hydropower, fish, salt.

Top cities of Guinea


City Name Population State Coordinates
1 Camayenne 1,871,242 people Capitale d'Etat-Zone Speciale de Conakry 9.535 x -13.68778
2 Conakry 1,767,200 people Capitale d'Etat-Zone Speciale de Conakry 9.53795 x -13.67729
3 Nzerekore 132,728 people Prefecture de Nzerekore 7.74722 x -8.82389
4 Kindia 117,062 people Prefecture de Kindia 10.06667 x -12.85
5 Kankan 114,009 people Prefecture de Kankan 10.38333 x -9.3
6 Gueckedou 79,140 people Prefecture de Guekedou 8.5625 x -10.1325
7 Coyah 77,103 people Prefecture de Coyah 9.70556 x -13.37694
8 Kamsar 61,527 people Prefecture de Boke 10.66667 x -14.6
9 Kissidougou 47,099 people Prefecture de Kissidougou 9.18333 x -10.1
10 Labe 46,510 people Prefecture de Labe 11.31667 x -12.28333
11 Fria 44,369 people Prefecture de Fria 10.45 x -13.53333
12 Siguiri 43,601 people Prefecture de Siguiri 11.41667 x -9.16667
13 Macenta 43,102 people Prefecture de Macenta 8.54611 x -9.46944
14 Mamou 41,619 people Prefecture de Mamou 10.38333 x -12.08333
15 Telimele 30,311 people Prefecture de Telimele 10.9 x -13.03333
16 Tougue 25,531 people Prefecture de Tougue 11.45 x -11.68333
17 Pita 20,052 people Prefecture de Pita 11.08333 x -12.4
18 Boke 15,460 people Prefecture de Boke 10.93333 x -14.3
19 Kouroussa 14,223 people Prefecture de Kouroussa 10.65 x -9.88333
20 Koundara 13,990 people Prefecture de Koundara 12.48333 x -13.3
21 Dabola 13,057 people Prefecture de Dabola 10.75 x -11.11667
22 Forecariah 12,358 people Prefecture de Forecariah 9.43056 x -13.08806
23 Tondon 12,235 people Prefecture de Dubreka 10.36667 x -13.35
24 Beyla 11,566 people Prefecture de Beyla 8.68333 x -8.63333
25 Mandiana 10,609 people Prefecture de Mandiana 10.63333 x -8.68333
26 Dubreka 10,363 people Prefecture de Dubreka 9.79111 x -13.52333
27 Koubia 9,909 people Prefecture de Koubia 11.58333 x -11.9
28 Faranah 9,350 people Prefecture de Faranah 10.03333 x -10.73333
29 Kimbo 9,326 people Prefecture de Fria 10.4 x -13.55
30 Youkounkoun 7,952 people Prefecture de Koundara 12.53333 x -13.13333

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