18 Glorious Facts about Guinea
- Guinea is a small coastal country in West Africa.
- 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 12.72 million in 2017.
- 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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