Shipping vessels sit on the waterway beyond commercial and residential buildings on the city skyline in Conakry, Guinea, on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. While Guinea produces bauxite, which is refined into aluminum, and has vast iron-ore deposits, its mining potential has been largely untapped because of political instability and a lack of infrastructure. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Conakry is the capital of Guinea, a country in West Africa. The city sits on the slender Kaloum Peninsula, which extends into the Atlantic Ocean. Just offshore, the Loos Islands are known for their beaches, dense palm forests and water sports. In town, the enormous Grand Mosque has 4 tall, elegant minarets. Next to the mosque, the large Botanical Garden features kapok trees and tropical flowers.

Conakry became industrialized in the 1950s with the development of iron mining on the Kaloum Peninsula and the exploitation of bauxite on the nearby Los Islands. Local enterprises include fruit canning, fish packing, printing, automobile assembly, and the manufacture of aluminium utensils and plastics.

  • Area: 450 km²
  • Population: 1.66 million (2014)
  • Local time: Thursday 07:10
  • Weather: 25°C, Wind NE at 8 km/h, 85% Humidity
  • Region: Conakry Region