Many valuable resources are found, including gold, diamonds, and iron ore.Larger ethnic groups include the Guerzé, Toma, and Kissi.Most of the population consists of members of the Maninka ethnic group.Siguiri and Kankan are the major cities, and there are many smaller agricultural settlements in the countryside.The capital city is Conakry, and the country often is referred to as Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from other nation-states with the same name. Guinea is located on the west coast of Africa, and is bordered by Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.Its area is 94,930 square miles (245,857 square kilometers). The coastal maritime region is filled with mangrove swamps and alluvial plains that support palm trees.
The Milo and Niger rivers are important for fishing, irrigation, and transportation.
The women indicated to the men that they were women.
The Europeans misunderstood and thought the women were referring to a geographic area; the subsequently used the word "Guinea" to describe coastal West Africa.
Almost half of the population is under the age of fifteen.
This generation has known only the rule of the second president, Conté, who came to power in 1984 and is still in office.