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General information
Common nameGuinea
Local nameRépublique de Guinée
NameRépublique de Guinée
Motto"Travail, Justice, Solidarité" (French)
"Work, Justice, Solidarity"
AnthemLiberté (French)
Largest citycapital
Official languagesFrench
Vernacular languagesMandinka, Fula and Susu
GovernmentPresidential republic
PresidentAlpha Condé
Prime MinisterMohamed Said Fofana
from France2 October 1958
Total Area94926 sq mi (245858.3 km2) (78th)
Water %negligible
Population Est.10057975 (81st)
Population census7156407 (1996)
Density (pop.)41/km2 (106.1/sq mi)
GDP PPP$10.807 billion (2010)
GDP (PPP) per capita$1,046
GDP (nominal)$4.633 billion (2010)
GDP (nominal) per capita$448
Other information
Gini40.3 (1994) (medium)
HDI(+) 0.340 (2010) (low) (156th)
CurrencyGuinean franc (GNF)
Drives on theright
Calling code224

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Guinea c-enaudio=En-us-Guinea.oggˈɡɪni, officially the Republic of Guinea ( ), is a country in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea (Guinée française), it is today sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from its neighbour Guinea-Bissau. Guinea is divided into eight administrative regions and subdivided into thirty-three prefectures. Conakry is the capital, largest city and economic center. The other major cities in the country include Labe, Nzérékoré, Kankan, Kindia, Mamou, Boke, and Guéckédou.

Guinea's 10 million people belong to twenty-four ethnic groups. The largest and most prominent groups are the Fula 43% ( ; ), Mandinka 35%, and Susu 20%

Guinea has almost 246000 km2 (94981.1 sqmi). It forms a crescent by curving from its western border on the Atlantic Ocean toward the east and the south. Its northern border is shared with Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Mali, the southern one with Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d'Ivoire. The Niger River arises in Guinea and runs eastward.

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