Guinea, a country in West Africa, is populated by over ten million people. Conakry, the capital city, is also the most populated area in the country. When the casual traveler thinks of Guinea, they may think of its many beautiful beaches, friendly people or temperate climate. For those who wish to take a deeper look, however, here are five things you might not know about Guinea.
5 Facts You Might Not Know
The capital of Guinea
Guinea is only one of a few names for the country. After French colonization in 1890, the world new Guinea as French Guinea. When independence was declared from France in October, 1958, the country became Guinea, although it is also known as Guinea-Conakry to avoid confusion with its border state, Guinea-Bissau. Officially, however, the country's name is The Republic of Guinea.
Guinea is shaped like a crescent roll. The odd-shaped land mass begins at the Atlantic ocean and forms a curve toward the east and south. The north is bordered by Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Mali while the south by Sierra Leone, Liberia, and C'te d'Ivoire. The total land mass of Guinea is 94,981 square miles, which is somewhat larger than Minnesota and somewhat smaller than Michigan.
Guinea is a mineral rich country, possessing half of the total world's total reserves of Bauxite, which is essential to aluminum manufacture. Guinea has many diamond and gold mines, and has vast, albeit mostly untapped hydroelectric power resources.
There are 24 different ethnic groups in Guinea. The largest ethnic group, at 43 percent of Guinea's population, are the Fula peoples, followed by the Mandinka at 35 percent and the Soussou at 20 percent. Due to the large number of ethnic groups in Guinea, a multitude of languages are spoken including Susa, Pular, English, French, Maninka, Fulfuldi, Kissi, Kpelle, Loma, Conakry, and Toma.
Islam is the most popular religion in Guinea, followed by approximately 85 percent of the country's people. Most of Guinea's Muslims are either Sunni or Sufi, with few Shi'as. About eight percent of Guinea's people follow a Christian religion. Seven percent are animists, meaning they believe both humans and inanimate objects possess souls.
The currency of Guinea
is the Guinea Franc(GNF)
Flag of Guinea
Guinea is an African country
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Airports in Guinea
Conakry - Gbessia
Faranah - Badala
Leaders of Guinea
Map of Guinea
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Coordinates (in Latitude & Longitude) of Guinea
11 00 N, 10 00 W
Kilometers of coastline
Square kilometers of land
Square kilometers of water
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41.53 / 1000 population
15.33 / 1000 population
950 sq km
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