Guinea | geography

Geography

Guinea map of Köppen climate classification.

Guinea shares its northern border with Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Mali, and its southern border with Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ivory Coast. The nation forms a crescent as it curves from its western border on the Atlantic Ocean toward the east and the south. The sources of the Niger River, Gambia River, and Senegal River are all found in the Guinea Highlands. [49] [50] [51]

At 245,857 km2 (94,926 sq mi), Guinea is roughly the size of the United Kingdom. There are 320 km (200 mi) of coastline and a total land border of 3,400 km (2,100 mi). Its neighbours are Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire), Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone. It lies mostly between latitudes and 13°N, and longitudes and 15°W (a small area is west of 15°).

Guinea is divided into four main regions: Maritime Guinea, also known as Lower Guinea or the Basse-Coté lowlands, populated mainly by the Susu ethnic group; the cooler, mountainous Fouta Djallon that run roughly north-south through the middle of the country, populated by Fulas, the Sahelian Haute-Guinea to the northeast, populated by Malinké, and the forested jungle regions in the southeast, with several ethnic groups. Guinea's mountains are the source for the Niger, the Gambia, and Senegal Rivers, as well as the numerous rivers flowing to the sea on the west side of the range in Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.

The highest point in Guinea is Mount Nimba at 1,752 m (5,748 ft). Although the Guinean and Ivorian sides of the Nimba Massif are a UNESCO Strict Nature Reserve, the portion of the so-called Guinean Backbone continues into Liberia, where it has been mined for decades; the damage is quite evident in the Nzérékoré Region at 7°32′17″N 8°29′50″W / 7°32′17″N 8°29′50″W / 7.53806; -8.49722.

Regions and prefectures

The Republic of Guinea covers 245,857 square kilometres (94,926 sq mi) of West Africa, about 10 degrees north of the equator. Guinea is divided into four natural regions with distinct human, geographic, and climatic characteristics:

  • Maritime Guinea (La Guinée Maritime) covers 18% of the country
  • Middle Guinea (La Moyenne-Guinée) covers 20% of the country
  • Upper Guinea (La Haute-Guinée) covers 38% of the country
  • Forested Guinea (Guinée forestière) covers 23% of the country, and is both forested and mountainous

Guinea is divided into eight administrative regions and subdivided into thirty-three prefectures. Conakry is Guinea's capital, largest city, and economic centre. Nzérékoré, located in the Guinée forestière region in Southern Guinea, is the second largest city.

Other major cities in the country with a population above 100,000 include Kankan, Kindia, Labe, Guéckédou, Boke, Mamou and Kissidougou.

  • The capital Conakry with a population of 1,667,864 ranks as a special zone.
Region Capital Population
(2014 census)
Conakry Region Conakry 1,667,864
Nzérékoré Region Nzérékoré 1,663,582
Kankan Region Kankan 1,986,329
Kindia Region Kindia 1,559,185
Boké Region Boké 1,081,445
Labé Region Labé 995,717
Faranah Region Faranah 942,733
Mamou Region Mamou 732,117
Other Languages
Acèh: Guinea
адыгабзэ: Гвинейе
Afrikaans: Guinee
Alemannisch: Guinea
አማርኛ: ጊኔ
Ænglisc: Guinea
العربية: غينيا
aragonés: Guinea
armãneashti: Guinea
arpetan: Guinê
asturianu: Guinea
azərbaycanca: Qvineya
bamanankan: Gine
বাংলা: গিনি
Bahasa Banjar: Guinea
Bân-lâm-gú: Guinée
башҡортса: Гвинея
беларуская: Гвінея
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Гвінэя
भोजपुरी: गिनी
Bikol Central: Guineya
български: Гвинея
བོད་ཡིག: གི་ནེ།
bosanski: Gvineja
brezhoneg: Ginea
буряад: Гвиней
Чӑвашла: Гвиней
Cebuano: Guinea
čeština: Guinea
chiShona: Guinea
Cymraeg: Gini
dansk: Guinea
davvisámegiella: Guinea
Deutsch: Guinea
ދިވެހިބަސް: ގީނިއާ
dolnoserbski: Guineja
eesti: Guinea
Ελληνικά: Γουινέα
español: Guinea
Esperanto: Gvineo
estremeñu: Guinea
euskara: Ginea
eʋegbe: Gini
فارسی: گینه
Fiji Hindi: Guinea
føroyskt: Guinea
français: Guinée
Frysk: Guinee
Fulfulde: Gine
Gaeilge: An Ghuine
Gaelg: Yn Ghuinea
Gagauz: Gvineya
Gàidhlig: Gini
galego: Guinea
Gĩkũyũ: Guinea
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Guinea
한국어: 기니
Hausa: Gini
Հայերեն: Գվինեա
हिन्दी: गिनी
hornjoserbsce: Gineja
hrvatski: Gvineja
Ido: Guinea
Igbo: Guinea
Ilokano: Guinea
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: গিনি
Bahasa Indonesia: Guinea
interlingua: Guinea
Interlingue: Guinea
Ирон: Гвиней
isiZulu: IGini
íslenska: Gínea
italiano: Guinea
עברית: גינאה
Basa Jawa: Guinéa
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಗಿನಿ
Kapampangan: Guinea
ქართული: გვინეა
kaszëbsczi: Gwineja
қазақша: Гвинея
kernowek: Gyni
Kinyarwanda: Gineya
Kiswahili: Guinea
Kongo: Ginea
Kreyòl ayisyen: Gine
Kurdî: Gîne
Кыргызча: Гвинея
кырык мары: Гвиней
لۊری شومالی: گینە
Latina: Guinea
latviešu: Gvineja
Lëtzebuergesch: Guinea
lietuvių: Gvinėja
Ligure: Guinea
Limburgs: Guinee
lingála: Gine-Konakry
Livvinkarjala: Gvinea
Luganda: Guinea
lumbaart: Guinea
magyar: Guinea
македонски: Гвинеја
Malagasy: Ginea
മലയാളം: ഗിനി
Malti: Ginea
मराठी: गिनी
მარგალური: გვინეა
مصرى: جينيا
مازِرونی: گینه
Bahasa Melayu: Guinea
Baso Minangkabau: Guinea
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Guinea
монгол: Гвиней
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ဂီနီနိုင်ငံ
Nāhuatl: Guinea
Dorerin Naoero: Gini
Nederlands: Guinee
नेपाली: गिनी
नेपाल भाषा: गिनी
日本語: ギニア
нохчийн: Гвиней
Nordfriisk: Guinea
Norfuk / Pitkern: Gini
norsk: Guinea
norsk nynorsk: Guinea
Novial: Gini
occitan: Guinèa
ଓଡ଼ିଆ: ଗିନି
Oromoo: Giinii
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Gvineya
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਗਿਨੀ
पालि: गिनी
پنجابی: گنی
Papiamentu: Guinea
Patois: Gini
Piemontèis: Guinea
Plattdüütsch: Guinea
polski: Gwinea
português: Guiné
qırımtatarca: Gvineya
română: Guineea
Runa Simi: Khiniya
русиньскый: Ґвінея
русский: Гвинея
саха тыла: Гвинея
Gagana Samoa: Kini
Sängö: Ginëe
sardu: Guinea
Scots: Guinea
Seeltersk: Guinea
Sesotho: Guinea
Sesotho sa Leboa: Guinea
shqip: Guinea
sicilianu: Guinia
Simple English: Guinea
SiSwati: IGiniya
slovenčina: Guinea (štát)
slovenščina: Gvineja
ślůnski: Gwinyjo
Soomaaliga: Guinea
کوردی: گینێ
српски / srpski: Гвинеја
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Gvineja
Basa Sunda: Guinéa
suomi: Guinea
svenska: Guinea
Tagalog: Ginea
தமிழ்: கினி
Taqbaylit: Ginya
татарча/tatarça: Гвинея
тоҷикӣ: Гвинея
Türkçe: Gine
Türkmençe: Gwineýa
удмурт: Гвинея
українська: Гвінея
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: ۋىنېيە
vèneto: Guinea
vepsän kel’: Gvinei
Tiếng Việt: Guinée
Volapük: Gineyän
Võro: Guinea
文言: 幾內亞
Winaray: Guinea
Wolof: Gine
吴语: 幾內亞
Xitsonga: Gineya
ייִדיש: גינע
Yorùbá: Guinea
粵語: 畿內亞
Zazaki: Gineya
Zeêuws: Guinee
žemaitėška: Gvėniejė
中文: 几内亚
डोटेली: गिनी
Kabɩyɛ: Kinee-Konakrii