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Republic of Guinea
République de Guinée
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: "Travail, Justice, Solidarité" (French)
"Work, Justice, Solidarity"
Anthem: Liberté  (French)
Freedom
Location of  Guinea  (dark blue)– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)– in the African Union  (light blue)
Location of  Guinea  (dark blue)

– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)
– in the African Union  (light blue)

Capital
and largest city
Conakry
Official languages French
Vernacular
languages
Fula
Maninka
Susu
Ethnic groups 40% Fula (Peuhl)
30% Mandingo (Malinke)
20% Susu (Soussou)
10% others
Demonym Guinean
Government Presidential republic
 -  President Alpha Condé
 -  Prime Minister Mamady Youla
Legislature National Assembly
Independence
 -  from France 2 October 1958 
Area
 -  Total 245,857 km2 (78th)
94,926 sq mi
 -  Water (%) negligible
Population
 -  July 2009 estimate 10,057,975 (81st)
 -  1996 census 7,156,407
 -  Density 40.9/km2
106.1/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2011 estimate
 -  Total $11.464 billion
 -  Per capita $1,082
GDP (nominal) 2011 estimate
 -  Total $5.212 billion
 -  Per capita $492
Gini (1994) 40.3
medium
HDI (2010) Increase 0.340
low · 156th
Currency Guinean franc (GNF)
Time zone (UTC+0)
Drives on the right
Calling code +224
Internet TLD .gn

Guinea, or the Republic of Guinea (French: République de Guinée), is an independent nation in western Africa. They speak French. It's a member of Economic Community of West African States.

Prefectures and regions

Guinea is divided into 8 regions and then divided even further into 33 prefectures. The capital of Guinea, Conakry, is a special area.

  • Boké Region
  • Conakry Region
  • Faranah Region
  • Kankan Region
  • Kindia Region
  • Labé Region
  • Mamou Region
  • Nzérékoré Region

Biggest cities

The following are the biggest cities in Guinea, by population:

  1. Conakry (2,000,000)
  2. Labé (700,000)
  3. Kankan (439,017)
  4. Kindia (279,884 )
  5. Nzérékoré (247,855)
  6. Kissidougou (135,900)
  7. Guéckédou (116,541)
  8. Mamou (105,754)

Notable people from Guinea

The following is a list of notable people from Guinea:

  • Bobo Balde
  • Lansana Conté
  • Mohammed Camara
  • Mohammed Sylla
  • Titi Camara
  • Teresa Chikaba
  • Amadou Diallo
  • Lansine Kaba
  • Djibril Tamsir Niane
  • Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori
  • Alfa Yaya of Labé
  • Samori Touré
  • Soumaoro Kanté
  • Sékou Touré
  • Umar Tall
  • Katoucha Niane model

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