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Guinea, officially the Republic of Guinea, is a country in West Africa. Bordered by Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal, Guinea is home to diverse populations, stunning landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage. With a growing economy, Guinea is a promising destination for expats seeking opportunities in industries such as agriculture, mining, and tourism.


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Demographics of Guinea:

Ethnic groups

Peul: 43%

Bissa: 7.5%

Kissi: 1%

Other: 3.5%

Fulani: 2%

Malinke: 1.5%

Soussou: 11%

Mandinka: 30%


Fula: Spoken by about 2% of the population

Bissa: Spoken by about 7.5% of the population

Kissi: Spoken by about 1% of the population

Other: Spoken by about 3.5% of the population

Pular: Widespread and spoken by 43% of the population

French: Official (adminstration, education, business, and media)

Maninka: Spoken by about 30% of the population

Soussou: Spoken by about 11% of the population

Malinké: Spoken by about 1.5% of the population

Religion Overview

Guinea is a secular state, and freedom of religion is constitutionally guaranteed. However, approximately 81% of the population is Muslim, while 10% is Christian and 9% practices traditional animist religions.

Major Religions


Guinea has a tropical climate characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons. The best time to visit is from December to March during the dry season.

Economy Overview

Guinea has abundant natural resources, including bauxite (aluminum ore), diamond, gold, iron, and titanium. Agriculture remains a key sector, employing over 80% of the population and contributing around 35% to the GDP. The mining sector, led by bauxite, contributes around 5.5% to the GDP.

Key Industries

  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • IT
  • Tourism

Major Companies

  • Société des Bauxites de Kindia (SOBAK)
  • Compagnie Minière de Béral (CMB)
  • Société des Mines de Boké (SOMBOKÉ)
  • La Compagnie des Phosphates de Guinée (CPG)
  • Rössler Développement
  • Randgold Resources
  • Petowl SA
  • Corima Guinea SL
  • Guinée Pharma

Culture and Language Overview

Guinea's vibrant culture is rooted in African traditional religions, music, dance, and cuisine. Notable festivals and events include the National Festival of the Bird of Guinea-Conakry (FestiPa), the Fête Nationale de l'Armée de Terre (National Army Day), and the Soweï Festival (a traditional Peul ceremony celebrating the end of the rainy season).

Cultural Highlights

  • Guinean drumming and percussion traditions, such as the djembe and sabar
  • Traditional masks and carvings, such as the Ngolo and Kissi masks
  • Delicacies such as fufu, kontreh, and nsima

Geography and Landmarks Overview

Guinea is home to diverse landscapes, including mountains, plateaus, savannas, and rainforests. Notable landmarks include the Mount Nimba Nature Reserve, Basse-Guinée National Park, Pichon National Park, and the Bauxite Mine of Sangarédi.

Notable Landmarks

  • Mount Nimba (partially in Côte d'Ivoire) – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with diverse wildlife and endemic species
  • Bauxite Mine of Sangarédi (one of the largest bauxite mining sites in the world)
  • Manouba Waterfall (a stunning natural landscape)

National Holidays

  • New Year's Day (1 January)
  • Independence Day (2 October)
  • Labor Day (1 May)
  • Africa Day (25 May)
  • Assumption Day (15 August)
  • Army Day (23 November)
  • Christmas Day (25 December)

Political Stability

Guinea has experienced political instability, including a military coup in 2021, and ongoing social and economic issues such as corruption, poverty, and youth unemployment.

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