Guinea Demographics

What is the population of Guinea?

Population 12,527,440
Population Growth Rate 2.64%
Urban Population 35.4%
Population in Major Urban Areas CONAKRY (capital) 1.786 million
Nationality Noun Guinean(s)
Nationality Adjective Guinean
Ethnic Groups Peuhl 40%, Malinke 30%, Soussou 20%, smaller ethnic groups 10%
Languages Spoken French (official), each ethnic group has its own language

Guinea Health Information

What are the health conditions in Guinea?

Animal Contact Disease (s) rabies
Contraceptive Prevalance Rate - female 15-49 5.6%
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 9.94
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 65%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 25.2%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 92.2%
Food or Waterborne Disease (s) bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 6%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 1.3%
HIV/Aids Deaths 5,100
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population .3
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 53.99
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 60.14
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 57.11
Major Infectious Diseases - degree of risk very high
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 610
Mean Age for Mother's First Birth 18.8
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 4.4%
People Living with HIV/AIDS 79,000
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population .1
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 81.1%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 32.7%
Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved 11.2%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 4.99
Underweight - percent of children under five years 16.3%
Vectorborne Disease (s) malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever
Water contact disease (s) schistosomiasis

Guinea Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Guinea?

Life Expectancy at Birth 59 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 60 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 57 Years
Median Age 18 Years
Median Age - female 18 Years
Median Age - male 18 Years

Guinea Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Guinea median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 36
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 9.94
Median Age 18 Years
Median Age - female 18 Years
Median Age - male 18 Years
Population Growth Rate 2.64%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.02
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female 1.02
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female 1.01
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female 1
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.03
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female 1
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female .79

Guinea Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Guinea?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

Medical facilities are poorly equipped and extremely limited, both in the capital city and throughout Guinea. Medicines are in short supply and of questionable quality, sterility of equipment should not be assumed, and treatment is frequently unreliable. Some private medical facilities provide a better range of treatment options than public facilities, but are still well below western standards. There is one ambulance in Conakry but there are no ambulance or emergency rescue services in Guinea. Trauma care is extremely limited. Water in Guinea is presumed to be contaminated, so travelers should use only bottled or distilled water for drinking. Malaria is a serious risk to travelers in Guinea; prophylaxis against malaria, purchased in the United States, is recommended. For additional information on malaria, including protective measures, visit CDC’s malaria web page. In addition, in recent years, meningitis outbreaks have occurred periodically, in particular during the rainy season and especially in the eastern part of the country, but also in the capital; therefore vaccination against meningitis is recommended.

Guinea Education

What is school like in Guinea?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 2.5%
Literacy - female 21.9%
Literacy - male 49.9%
Literacy - total population 29.5%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
School Life Expectancy - female 7 Years
School Life Expectancy - male 10 Years
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 9 Years

Guinea Literacy

Can people in Guinea read?

Literacy - female 21.9%
Literacy - male 49.9%
Literacy - total population 29.5%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language French (official), each ethnic group has its own language

Guinea Crime

Is Guinea a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

In Conakry, as in many large cities, crime is a fact of daily life. Residential and street crimes are very common. Some crime is perpetrated by individuals in military uniforms. Sentiments toward U.S. citizens in Guinea are generally positive, but criminals regularly target foreigners, including U.S. citizens, because they are perceived as lucrative targets. Crime – both nonviolent and violent – is a problem. Most nonviolent crime involves acts of pick-pocketing and purse-snatching, while armed robbery, muggings, assaults, and carjackings are the most common violent crimes. Despite the police’s good intentions, they have been unable to prevent the rapid escalation of crime. Police and military officials have also been known to make direct and indirect requests for bribes. Criminals particularly target visitors at the airport, in the traditional markets, and near hotels and restaurants frequented by foreigners. Visitors should avoid unsolicited offers of assistance at the airport and hotels because such offers often mask an intention to steal luggage, purses, or wallets. Travelers should arrange for hotel personnel, family members, or business contacts to meet them at the airport to reduce their vulnerability to these crimes of opportunity.

Commercial scams and disputes with local business partners can create legal difficulties for U.S. citizens because corruption is widespread in Guinea. Business is routinely based on bribes rather than the law, and enforcement of the law is irregular and inefficient. The U.S. Embassy has extremely limited recourse in assisting U.S. citizens who are victims of illegal business deals.

Business fraud is rampant and the targets are usually foreigners, including U.S. citizens. Schemes previously associated exclusively with Nigeria are now prevalent throughout West Africa, including Guinea, and pose a danger of severe financial loss. Typically these scams begin with the receipt of an unsolicited communication (usually by e-mail) from a stranger who promises quick financial gain, often by transferring large sums of money or valuables out of the country, but then require a series of "advance fees" to be paid—such as fees for legal documents or taxes—to finalize the release of funds. The final payoff does not exist; the purpose of the scam is simply to collect the advance fees. A common variation is the scammer’s claim to be a refugee or émigré from a prominent West African family, or a relative of a present or former political leader who needs assistance in transferring large sums of cash. Still other variations appear to be legitimate business deals that require advance payments on contracts. Sometimes victims are convinced to provide bank account and credit card information and financial authorizations that drain their accounts, incur large debts against their credit, and take their life savings.

The best way to avoid becoming a victim of advance-fee fraud is common sense—if a proposition looks too good to be true, it probably is. You should carefully check into and research any unsolicited business proposal before committing funds, providing goods or services, or undertaking any travel. A good clue to a scam is the phone number given to the victim; legitimate businesses and offices provide fixed-line numbers, while scams typically involve the use of only cell phones. It is virtually impossible to recover money lost through these scams.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, you may be breaking local law too.

Guinea Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Guinea, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own. In some places, you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you. In some places, it is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings. In some places, driving under the influence could land you immediately in jail. These criminal penalties will vary from country to country. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States. For example, you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If your break the local laws in Guinea, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It is very important to know what is legal and what is not legal where you are going. Persons violating Guinean laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Guinea are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. It is common for criminal cases to take months, if not years, to reach a verdict.

Arrest notifications in host country: While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested, that might not always be the case. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if you are arrested or detained overseas.

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