Mike in Guinea ·
Map of Guinea ·
General information on Guinea
Mike arrived in Guinea on August 26, 1999, after spending two months
in Thiés, Senegal.
For his first month in Guinea he resided in the city Mamou (near the
center of the country), learning more French, beginning to learn the
regional language Pulaar, and training more for his job as a volunteer
-- among other things, helping school teachers incorporate environmental
education topics into their classes.
In October Mike finally left for his final destination, and was sworn
in as a volunteer. He will be spending the next two years in
Ditinn Centre in Ditinn Sous-Préfecture, which is in Guinea. It is
northwest of Mamou, near Dalaba. (see map of
Map of Guinea
the Republic of Guinea
Data has been updated for 2005-2006 unless otherwise noted.
Area: 245,857 sq km (94,926 sq mi, about the
size of Oregon).
Capital: Conakry, pop. 705,300
Climate: Tropical. Two seasons: Rainy and dry. Generally
hot and humid, monsoonal-type Rainy season (June to November) with
southwesterly winds; Dry season (December to May) with northeasterly
Terrain: Generally flat coastal plain, hilly to mountainous
Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (6 hours ahead of Central Basic
weather forecast for Conakry, Guinea
Population: 8,772,000 (2003). According to the
Guinean government, approximately 150,000 of the country's inhabitants are refugees.
Life Expectancy: 47 years (2000)
Religion: Muslim 85%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs
Ethnic groups: Peuhl 40%, Malinke 30%, Soussou 20%, smaller
ethnic groups 10%
Languages: French (official),
languages (information about Pulaar, a language Mike is learning in
Guinea, is found through this link under "FULFULDE, PULAAR")
Literacy: 35.9% (definition: age 15 and over can read
Population Below Poverty Line: 40% (2003 est)
Form of Government: Republic. Elected
president (for 5-year term) and National Assembly of 114 deputies.
Independence: October 2, 1958 (from France)
Constitution: December 23, 1990 (Loi Fundamentale)
Flag Description: Three equal vertical bands of red (hoist side),
yellow, and green; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia.
Guinea is the second poorest country in the world.
Currency: the Franc Guinéen (Guinean Franc or GNF).
Exchange Rates: Guinean francs per US dollar - 2,550 (2005),
2,225 (2004), 1,984.9 (2003), 1,975.8 (2002), 1,950.6 (2001) (see
African foreign exchange rates)
Per Capita Income: $2,200 US (2005 estimate)
Population living on less than $1 a day: 26%
Trade: Exports: bauxite, alumina,
gold, diamond, coffee, fish, agricultural products. Imports:
petroleum products, metals, machinery, transport equipment, textiles,
grain and other foodstuffs.
Main Trading Partners: Imports (2005 figures): China
8.6%, US 7.5%, France 7.3%, Cote d'Ivoire 5.3%, Italy 4.8%, Belgium
Exports (2005 figures): Russia 15.7%, South Korea 12.2%, Spain
10.9%, Ukraine 8.5%, United States 6.6%, Ireland 6.5%, France 6.2%,
Germany 5.4%, Belgium 4.8%.