map of  Guinea; source: WR GUINEA

general data of the country


 
General useful information
 
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
 
Nation and population
official name (short form): Guinée
country code ISO: GN //; - FIPS: GV
location: West Africa
time zone: +0 UT
surface (land) area: 245860 sq.km = 94927 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: sq.km = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North: 13° N / South: 7° N / East: 8° W/ West: 15° W
borders (land): Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone
borders (coastline): Atlantic Ocean
climate: tropical
Government
independent since: 1958-10-02
type of government: republic
capital: Conakry
administrative division: région (33)
Population
population according to the latest census (1996): 7164,823
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 7415,000; or: 7466,200 // -; 2001: 7497,000; or: 7613,870
population density: 30 per sq.km = 78 per sq.mi
population growth: 3% //; - doubling time: 27 years
birth rate: 40 - 51 per 1000
death rate: 18 - 20 per 1000
fertility rate: 7 children per female
maternal mortality: 37 per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 134 per 1000
life expectancy: 46 years (male: 43; female: 48)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 47% //; - 15-59 years: 49% //; - 60+ years: 4%
urbanisation: 33% //; - urbanisation growth: 6%
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: 80%
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: Fulani [Peuhl, Fulbe] 39%; Malinké 23 - 30%; Susu [Soussou] 11 - 20%; Kissi 7%; Guerze Kpelle 5%
languages: French (official); Susu, Malinké and other Sudanese tribal dialects
religious affiliation: Muslim 72-85%; traditional beliefs 7 - 20%; Christian 8 - 10%
Health
daily food intake: 2315 calories per capita
population with access to safe water: 48 - 62%
people per physician: 46000
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: 34%
school enrolment: secondary education: 15%
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: 5%
adult literacy: 24% (male: %; female: %) [later total figure found: 36%]
 
Economy and infrastructure
 
Economy and trade
currency: Guinean franc = 100 cauris
annual inflation rate: 5%
population below poverty line: 40%
Gross Domestic Product: USD 550 per capita
GNI USD 450 per capita //; - [ppp: 1930]
GDP growth: 1,7%
income: USD 450 per capita
import: USD 687 per capita //; - export: USD 626 per capita
trade: USD 160 per capita //; - or 40% of GDP
trade partners: EU US
human development index: 0,397 //; - position of the country in the world no.: 150
female labour force: 47%
unemployment: %
tourism: 0,03 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 3% //; - grass land: 25% //; - wooded area: 59% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 78% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 29%
agricultural products: bananas, coffee, pineapples, rice, palm kernels, cassava
livestock (million): cattle: 2,7 / goats: 1 / pigs: 0,1 / poultry: 12 / sheep: 0,9
fish catch: 87314 - 102589 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 10% //; - part of industry in GDP: 35%
industrial products: aluminiumoxide, light manufacturing, agricultural processing
mining products: bauxite, diamonds, gold, iron
CO2 emission per capita: 0,2
services: labour force: 21% //; - part of services in GDP: 36%
energy use (kg per capita): 85
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita): 140
Traffic, communication
road network: 30500 km //; - of which paved: 16% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 2 per 1000
railways: 662; or: 1038 km //; - railways passenger/km: 42
navigable inland waterways: 1295 km
ownership telephone: 1,6 - 6 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: 35 - 49 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 10 - 76 per 1000
newspaper circulation: per 1000
persons per post office: 86300
personal computers: 0,2 - 3 per 1000
 
Some physical landmarks
 
mountains: Monts Nimba 1752 m, Massif du Tamqué 1583, Kavendu 1421, Oualla 1045
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): none, or: unknown
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none, or: unknown
lakes (deepest): none, or: unknown
rivers: Niger and some tributaries, Konkouré, Kolenté, Bafing, Fatala, Tinguilinta, Gambia
canals: none, or: unknown
waterfalls: none, or: unknown
caves: longest system: none, or: unknown / deepest:
islands: Îles Tristao, Îles de Los
deserts: none
other natural features:
 
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
 
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
 
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:
 

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