Subdivisions of Guinea

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Guinea's natural regions of Maritime, Middle, Upper, and Forested.

Guinea is divided into four natural regions with distinct human, geographic, and climatic characteristics:

  • Maritime Guinea (La Guinée Maritime) covers 18% of the country
  • Middle Guinea (La Moyenne-Guinée) covers 20% of the country
  • Upper Guinea (La Haute-Guinée) covers 38% of the country
  • Forested Guinea (Guinée Forestière) covers 23% of the country, and is both forested and mountainous

Government divisions[edit]


Guinea is divided into seven administrative regions. The national capital, Conakry, ranks as a special zone.

Region Capital Area (km2 Population (2014 census)
Conakry Region Conakry 450 1,660,973
Nzérékoré Region Nzérékoré 37,658 1,527,030
Kankan Region Kankan 72,145 1,972,537
Kindia Region Kindia 28,873 1,561,374
Boké Region Boké 31,186 1,083,147
Labé Region Labé 22,869 994,458
Faranah Region Faranah 35,581 941,554
Mamou Region Mamou 17,074 731,188
  • The capital Conakry with a population of 1,660,973 ranks as a special zone


Guineas regions are subdivided into thirty-three prefectures.


The Communes of Guinea or sub prefectures, known in French as sous-prefectures, are the third-level administrative divisions in Guinea. As of 2009 there were 303 rural communes of Guinea and 38 urban communes, 5 of which compose the Conakry greater urban area.

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