Guinea

Guinea Overview

Guinea is situated on the west coast of Africa. Guinea is a land of coastal swamps, crusty plateaus, grassy plains, and forested hills. The country’s official name is Republique de Guinee (Republic of Guinea). Guinea was a colony of France from the late 1800’s until 1958, when it became an independent nation.

CLIMATE

Guinea has a tropical climate. Average temperatures in Lower Guinea along the coast range from 73 to 84° F (23 to 29° C). Upper Guinea is often drier than the coast, with a rainfall of about 60 inches year. The Forest Region is humid and cool, and receives from about 75 to 100 inches of rain each year.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Conakry
POPULATION: 10.2 million
LANGUAGE: French
CURRENCY: Guinea Franc
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +224
TIME ZONE: GMT +0

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all but essential travel to Guinea following the death of President Lansana Conte on 22 December 2008 and subsequent military coup on 23 December. A new governing council, the National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD), consisting of mainly military personnel, was announced on 24 December. The CNDD has banned any gatherings of large groups, prohibited demonstrations and suspended trade union and political party activity. You should keep away from any groups that may gather at short notice. The CNDD appointed a new civilian Prime Minister, Mr Kabine Komara, on 30 December.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk