Guinea is located in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea (Guinée française), the country is often called Guinea-Conakry in order to distinguish it from its neighbour Guinea-Bissau. With its abundant natural resources including roughly 25% of the world's known bauxite reserves providing ca. 80% of Guinea's foreign exchange, as well as diamonds, gold and other precious metals, Guinea has a huge economic potential. The capital city Conakry is the seat of government as well as the largest city, boasts a vibrant night life and is safer than most of the West African capitals.
Sharing a border with Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea boasts some truly spectacular landscapes. From the Fouta Djalon Plateau with its many breathtaking waterfalls to the beautiful empty beaches along the Atlantic Coast and the rainforests of the Guinee Forestiere with Beyla and the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve: Guinea is well worth an extended visit.