Guinea’s capital and biggest city is Conakry. Conakry, Guinea’s commercial, financial, and cultural capital, is a port city on the Atlantic Ocean.
Conakry’s present population is difficult to determine, however the US Bureau of African Affairs estimates it at 2 million. Conakry is estimated to house over a quarter of Guinea’s population.
Conakry – Info Card
|TIME ZONE :||UTC (UTC±0)|
|LANGUAGE :||French (official)|
|RELIGION :||Muslim 85%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs 7%|
|AREA :||450 km2 (170 sq mi)|
|COORDINATES :||9°31′N 13°42′W|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 50.1%|
• Female: 49.9%
|ETHNIC :||Peuhl 40%, Malinke 30%, Soussou 20%, Others 10%|
|AREA CODE :||4|
|POSTAL CODE :|
|DIALING CODE :||+224 4|
Tourism in Conakry
Visiting the adjacent Îles de Los (Loose Islands), which have beautiful beaches and lush woods, is a popular option to get away from the city. The fish market behind the Novotel Hotel is where the boats depart.
The Grand Mosque of Conakry. It was built in 1982 by Guinea’s first president, Ahmed Sékou Touré, and is one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest.
Guinea’s National Museum is located in Conakry. In 1960, soon after the country’s independence, it was founded. It offers exhibits about Guinea’s anthropology and prehistory, as well as a large collection of masks and fetishes, as well as a variety of art.
Conakry Botanical Garden is a botanical garden in Conakry, Guinea. Monument du 22 Novembre 1970 is known for its kapok trees. The triumph of the attempted coup led by Portuguese forces in 1970, known as Operation Green Sea, is commemorated.
Waterfalls of Soumba (Two hour drive out of the city a short distance past Dubreka). To build up an appetite, go for a swim. There is also a restaurant where you may have a delicious lunch while listening to the roar of the river.
Climate of Conakry
The climate of Conakry is tropical monsoon.
There are two seasons in Conakry: rainy and dry. Conakry’s dry season, like that of most of West Africa, is affected by the harmattan wind, which blows from December to April. As a consequence, the city receives very little precipitation throughout these months.
Economy of Conakry
Guinea’s main city, Conakry, serves as the country’s administrative, communications, and economic hub. The port, which has sophisticated facilities for processing and storing goods and through which alumina and bananas are delivered, is crucial to the city’s economy. Food and building materials are examples of manufactured goods.
Since early 2002, inhabitants of Conakry have had to deal with regular electricity and water outages. Officials from the government and power companies blame the drought of February 2001 for a breakdown of the capital’s hydro-electric supply, as well as old gear for the crises’ persistence. Mismanagement, corruption, and the departure of the power agency’s French partner at the start of 2002 are among the government’s critics. As of 2007, most of the city’s traffic lights was turned off throughout the night.