Republic of Guinea
Capital city: Conakry
Area: 245857 square km
National day: 3 April (anniversary, start of 2nd republic, 1984)
Independence: 2 October 1958. Former French colony.
Population: 8 million as at the year 2000
Leader: Lansana Conte, born 1934. President as at the year 1984.
Language: French (official), Fulani, Malinke and Susu.
Currency: Guinea francs (FG)