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Country (long form) Republic of Guinea
Capital Conakry
Total Area 94,925.92 sq mi
245,857.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than Oregon)
Population 7,613,870 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 18,110,574
Languages French (official), each ethnic group has its own language
Literacy 35.9% total, 49.9% male, 21.9% female (1995 est.)
Religions Muslim 85%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs 7%
Life Expectancy 43.49 male, 48.42 female (2001 est.)
Government Type republic
Currency 1 Guinean franc (FG) = 100 centimes
GDP (per capita) $1,300 (2000 est..)
Industry bauxite, gold, diamonds; alumina refining; light manufacturing and agricultural processing industries
Agriculture rice, coffee, pineapples, palm kernels, cassava (tapioca), bananas, sweet potatoes; cattle, sheep, goats; timber
Arable Land 2%
Natural Resources bauxite, iron ore, diamonds, gold, uranium, hydropower, fish
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Geography of Guinea

Guinea, or People's Revolutionary Republic of Guinea, formerly French Guinea, a country on the western coast of Africa.

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History of Guinea

Guinea has been inhabited since ancient times, but little is known about the region's early history.