It shares a border with Guinea-Bissau to the north-west, Senegal to the north, Mali to the north-east, Ivory Coast to the south-east, Liberia to the south and to the south-west. It also has a coastline along the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
This fascinating country has an area of 94,926 square miles (245,857 square kilometres).
Guinea’s population was 12.41 million in 2018.
Flag of Guinea
The capital city is called Conakry; it covers an area of around 174 square miles (450 square kilometres) and has a population of 1.66 million (2014).
Conakry is apparently the wettest capital in the world with an incredible 3.7 metres of rain per year! Who’d have thought it?
The terrain here is generally flat coastal plain, with hills further inland.
Around 60% of the land is classified as woodland or forest. We bet it’s amazing!
Should you wish to cross the second largest ocean to moor upon its incredible beaches, the coordinates for Guinea are 9.5167° N, 13.7000°
Formerly known as French Guinea, Guinea gained independence in 1958. It is now sometimes known as Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from Guinea-Bissau.
Guinea has a generally hot and humid climate, with a rainy season from June to November and a dry season from December to May.
The average life expectancy here is 60.02 years (2016).
To purchase your Malamba (a local sugar cane brew) upon a stunning sandy beach, you’ll need to bring a few Guinean francs!
French is the official language of Guinea, although many native languages are still spoken here.
They grow coffee beans, rice, pineapples and palm kernels, rear cattle and produce timber.
The country’s industry consists of gold, diamonds, bauxite, alumina refining and light manufacturing.
It exports alumina, gold, diamonds, bauxite and coffee.
The international dialling code for Guinea is +224.
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