Prefectures of Guinea

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Updates: 

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.

I found 1998 population estimates in a report titled "Le redéploiement des enseignants en Guinée ", by Alamah Conde and Mamadou Aliou Sow (see Annexe 1).

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, KD, to both Kindia and Koundara. The update changes the code for Koundara to KN.

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.

Country overview: 

Short nameGUINEA
ISO codeGN
FIPS codeGV
LanguageFrench (fr)
Time zone+0
CapitalConakry

 

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.

Other names of country: 

  1. Danish: Guinea
  2. Dutch: Guinee, Republiek Guinee (formal)
  3. English: Republic of Guinea (formal), French Guinea (obsolete), Guinea-Conakry (variant)
  4. Finnish: Guinea
  5. French: Guinée f, République f de Guinée (formal), Guinée française (obsolete)
  6. German: Guinea n
  7. Icelandic: Gínea
  8. Italian: Guinea f
  9. Norwegian: Guinea, Republikken Guinea (formal)
  10. Portuguese: Guiné f, Guiné-Conacri, República f da Guiné f (formal)
  11. Russian: Гвинейская Республика (formal), Гвинея
  12. Spanish: Guinea, República f de Guinea f (formal), Guinea Francesa (obsolete)
  13. Swedish: Guinea
  14. Turkish: Gine Cumhuriyeti (formal)

Origin of name: 

Tuareg aginaw: speechless people, applied by Berbers to blacks speaking unknown tongues

Primary subdivisions: 

Guinea is divided into 34 préfectures. FIPS calls them régions administratives (administrative regions). ISO calls Conakry a gouvernorat (governorate).

PrefectureHASCISOFIPSPopulationArea(km.²)Area(mi.²)Gov
BeylaGN.BEBEGV01167,46117,4526,738N
BoffaGN.BFBFGV02156,9499,1003,514B
BokéGN.BKBKGV03294,31411,0534,268B
ConakryGN.CKCGV041,094,075308119C
CoyahGN.COCOGV3085,1062,166836D
DabolaGN.DBDBGV05110,9655,5082,127F
DalabaGN.DLDLGV06136,9474,4001,699M
DinguirayeGN.DIDIGV07137,13814,5005,598F
DubrékaGN.DUDUGV31131,7505,6762,192D
FaranahGN.FAFAGV09147,74313,0005,019F
ForécariahGN.FOFOGV10201,1934,2001,622D
FriaGN.FRFRGV1180,9031,811699B
GaoualGN.GAGAGV12137,59911,5004,440B
GuéckédouGN.GUGUGV13348,0534,4001,699N
KankanGN.KAKAGV32262,56711,5644,465K
KérouanéGN.KEKEGV15153,9139,7503,764K
KindiaGN.KDKDGV16288,0079,1153,519D
KissidougouGN.KSKSGV17205,8368,8723,425F
KoubiaGN.KBKBGV3391,8892,8001,081L
KoundaraGN.KNKNGV1890,9195,5052,125B
KouroussaGN.KOKOGV19149,32516,2206,263K
LabéGN.LALAGV34251,5043,0141,164L
LéloumaGN.LELEGV35136,6432,140826L
LolaGN.LOLOGV36134,6493,9401,521N
MacentaGN.MCMCGV21281,0538,6003,320N
MaliGN.MLMLGV22211,1909,7903,780L
MamouGN.MMMMGV23236,1258,0003,089M
MandianaGN.MDMDGV37170,88112,3004,749K
NzérékoréGN.NZNZGV38282,9034,6251,786N
PitaGN.PIPIGV25238,7604,3201,668M
SiguiriGN.SISIGV39271,59415,5005,985K
TéliméléGN.TETEGV27227,7149,0003,475D
TouguéGN.TOTOGV28114,3776,4002,471L
YomouGN.YOYOGV29135,2156,0002,317N
34 prefectures7,164,893245,85794,926
  • HASC: Hierarchical administrative subdivision codes.
  • ISO: Codes from ISO 3166-2.
  • FIPS: Codes from FIPS PUB 10-4.
  • Population: 1998 estimate
  • Capitals: Names are the same as the administrative region names.
  • Gov: Code for the governorate to which the region belongs, as in
    table below.

Further subdivisions:

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.

RegionISOFIPSPopulationArea(km.²)
BokéBGV40601,68238,969
ConakryCGV041,094,075308
FaranahFGV41601,68241,880
KankanKGV421,008,26065,334
KindiaDGV43933,77030,157
LabéLGV44805,60924,144
MamouMGV45611,83216,720
NzérékoréNGV461,348,98145,017
  • ISO: Codes from ISO 3166-2.
  • FIPS: Codes from FIPS PUB 10-4.
  • Population: 1998 estimate

 

Before ~1988, the prefectures were grouped into these "supra-regions":

English nameFrench namePopulationArea(km.²)Capital
ConakryConakry705,280308Conakry
Lower GuineaGuinée-Maritime1,147,30143,980Kindia
Fouta DjallonMoyenne-Guinée1,595,00751,710Labé
Upper GuineaHaute-Guinée1,086,67992,535Kankan
Forest-GuineaGuinée-Forestière1,246,74757,324Nzérékoré
Totals5,781,014245,857
  • Population: 1983 census

Origins of names: 

Conakry: local word konakri: across the water

Change history: 

  1. 1904: Îles de Los transferred from Sierra Leone to French Guinea by cession.
  2. 1946-10-07: Status of French Guinea changed from French colony to French overseas territory.
  3. 1980: Name of Youkoukoun region changed to Koundara.
  4. 1985: Coyah region split from Dubréka; Koubia and Lélouma regions split from Labé; Lola region split from Nzérékoré; Mandiana region formed from parts of Kankan and Siguiri.

Other names of subdivisions: 

  1. Conakry: Conacri (Portuguese); Konakry (obsolete)
  2. Guéckédou: Guékédou (variant)
  3. Koundara: Youkoukoun, Youkounkoun (obsolete)

Sources: 

  1. [1] Répartition de la population par Région et Préfecture selon le sexe  cites as its source Direction Nationale de la Statistique - RGPH 1996 (retrieved 2013-08-07). RGPH is the General Census of Population and Housing.
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