Although of the most picturesque countries in West Africa, Guinea does not quite have the resources to lure tourists. However, what it lacks in pomp and show it makes up in tranquil countryside’s, aesthetic villages, forested hills and uncluttered beaches. The capital city, Conakry, has well laid main roads flanked by trees, swanky shopping malls and strumming nightclubs. Strolling the side streets will quickly remind you that you are in one of the poorest nations of the world!
Guinea is a country in West Africa, bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. It's known for the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, in the southeast. The reserve protects a forested mountain range rich in native plants and animals, including chimpanzees and the viviparous toad. On the coast, the capital city, Conakry, is home to the modern Grand Mosque and the National Museum, with its regional artefacts.
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GUINEA QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Conakry
- Currency : Guinean franc (GNF)
- Area: 245,857 km²
- Population: 12,41 million (2018)
- Language: French (official), each ethnic group has its own language
- Religion: Muslim 85%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs 7%
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GUINEA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 3 April, Second Republic Day
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 25 May, Africa Day
- 15 August, Assumption
- 2 October, Independence Day
- 1 November, All Saints Day
Also, Easter Monday, Maulid an-Nabi, Laylat al-Qadr, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.
GUINEA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Generally Hot And Humid; Monsoonal-Type Rainy Season (June To November) With Southwesterly Winds; Dry Season (December To May) With Northeasterly Harmattan Winds
HEALTH RISKS IN GUINEA
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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.
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