Guinea

Guinea (pronounced /ˈɡɪni/, officially the Republic of Guinea French: République de Guinée), is a country in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea (Guinée française), it is today sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from its neighbor Guinea-Bissau.[3] Conakry is the capital, the seat of the national government, and the largest city.

Guinea has almost 246,000 square kilometres (94,981 sq mi). It forms a crescent by curving from its western border on the Atlantic Ocean toward the east and the south. Its northern border is shared with Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Mali, the southern one with Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d’Ivoire. The Niger River arises in Guinea and runs eastward.

Guinea’s 10,000,000 people belong to twenty-four ethnic groups. The most prominent groups are the Fula, Mandinka, and Susu.

Republic of Guinea

République de Guinée
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: “Travail, Justice, Solidarité” (French)
“Work, Justice, Solidarity”
Anthem: Liberté (French)
“Freedom”
Capital
(and largest city)
Conakry
9°31′N 13°42′W / 9.517°N 13.7°W / 9.517; -13.7
Official language(s) French
Vernacular languages Pular, Mandinka and Susu
Demonym Guinean
Government Military junta
Acting President Sékouba Konaté
Prime Minister Jean-Marie Doré
Independence
from France¹ October 2, 1958
Area
Total 245,857 km2 (78th)
94,926 sq mi
Water (%) negligible
Population
July 2009 estimate 10,057,975[1] (81st)
1996 census 7,156,406
Density 40.9/km2
106.1/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2009 estimate
Total $10.516 billion[2]
Per capita $991[2]
GDP (nominal) 2009 estimate
Total $4.394 billion[2]
Per capita $414[2]
Gini (1994) 40.3 (medium)
HDI (2007) ▲ 0.435 (low) (170th)
Currency Guinean franc (GNF)
Time zone (UTC+0)
Drives on the right
ISO 3166 code GN
Internet TLD .gn
Calling code 224

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