ISO 3166-2 issued an update on 2014-10-30 that changes the status of Conakry special zone to governorate, and of the seven former governorates to administrative regions.
Update 12 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes (formerly FIPS 10-4) is dated 2013-06-30. It implies that the prefectures have been decommissioned, leaving the seven governorates and administrative area as the current primary subdivisions (now called administrative regions and governorate, respectively). I have not found any confirmation that the prefectures were suppressed. I've added the FIPS codes to the table under "Further subdivisions."
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter number II-1, dated 2010-02-03, changes the names of the seven governorates by deleting the prefix "Gouvernorat de" from each one.
ISO 3166-2 has come out in a second edition, dated 2007-12-15. Previously, ISO had designated Conakry as a city, and coded it as if it were on the administrative region level. Now its status is listed as zone spéciale (special zone), and it's on the same level as the prefectures. I've added the code for Conakry to the table below.
When "Administrative Subdivisions of Countries" was written, the current version of the ISO 3166-2 standard
erroneously assigned a code of
KD to both Kindia and Koundara prefectures. In order to get
unique codes, I arbitrarily changed the code for Kindia to
KI. Later, ISO 3166-2 was updated
to fix the anomaly, and the fix they adopted was to change the code for Koundara to
KN. In 2004,
I added text from the book to the website. In so doing, I accidentally used the old ISO codes with my
arbitrary correction as HASC codes. I am now updating the HASC codes to be consistent with the ISO codes.
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter Number I-2 was published on 2002-05-21. It contains two changes for Guinea. The
status of Conakry is changed from gouvernorat (governorate) to ville (city). According to FIPS, Conakry is
a capitale d'état - zone spéciale (national capital - special zone). The other change is to the
code for Koundara. The original ISO 3166-2 standard had incorrectly assigned the same code,
to both Kindia and Koundara. The update changes the code for Koundara to
Change Notice 7 to FIPS PUB 10-4 is dated 2002-01-10. It reflects changes that are already shown in the book "Administrative Subdivisions of Countries", and in ISO standard 3166-2.
Guinea was known as French Guinea in 1900. In 1943, it and seven other French colonies were combined to form French West Africa (Afrique Occidentale Française, capital Dakar). Guinea became independent on 1958-10-02.
Tuareg aginaw: speechless people, applied by Berbers to blacks speaking unknown tongues
Guinea is divided into 34 préfectures. FIPS calls them régions administratives (administrative regions). ISO calls Conakry a gouvernorat (governorate).
See the Subprefectures of Guinea page.
The prefectures are subdivided into 335 sous-préfectures (subprefectures) and five communes (the communes are in Conakry). These, in turn, are subdivided into districts and sectors. The prefectures are also grouped into seven governorates and one administrative zone, Conakry.
Before ~1988, the prefectures were grouped into these "supra-regions":
|English name||French name||Population||Area(km.²)||Capital|
Conakry: local word konakri: across the water
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