Quick Facts

  • Independence: 1958 (from France)
  • Capital: Conakry (pop. 1.936 million)
  • Population: 11,780,162
  • Official language: French
  • Major religion: Muslim
  • Literacy rate: 30.4%
  • Divided into seven administrative regions
  • Economy: agriculture employs 80% of the nation’s labor force
  • Climate: tropical with long rainy season of six months
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A presidential republic
  • President Alpha Conde (since 2010)
  • Prime Minister Mamady Youla (since 2015)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Physician density: 0.1/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.3/1,000
  • Maternal mortality rate: 679/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 53.43/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 60.08 years
  • Health expenditures: 4.7% GDP
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 1.55%
  • Infectious disease risk: high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, schistosomiasis, Lassa fever, rabies
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Communications are obviously a key component in planning a trip and coordinating logistics. Depending on the country, there may be several options available. Several aspects of communication are discussed here to help you along. Cell phones – Cellular phone technology is usually an option in most countries, but varies depending on your type of carrier. To check and see […]


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