Guinea

Guinea is a country in west Africa bordered by Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Mali to the north and east; by Côte d'Ivoire to the southeast; by Liberia and Sierra Leone to the south; and by the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The capital is Conakry.

There are four geographic regions that also correspond with the countries major linguistic groups; they are Lower Guinea, the Fouta Djallon, Upper Guinea, and the Forest Region.

Guinea gained independence from France in 1958. In 1984, Lansana Conté seized power in a military coup and remained Guinea’s leader until his death in 2008. In December the same year, Moussa Dadis Camara came to power in another coup but 12 months later he was wounded in an attempted assassination and went into exile. Guinea held elections in 2010 which are widely considered its first free and fair democratic polls. Alpha Condé was elected president and he won reelection in 2015.

Guinea is one of the largest producers of bauxite in the world. Also, it has large deposits of gold and diamonds.

Australian diplomatic representation to Guinea is through Australia’s High Commission in Accra, Ghana.

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Last Updated: 6 March 2017