Guinea is in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone. The climate is generally hot and humid with a monsoonal-type rainy season (June to November) and a dry season (December to May). The official language is French. Malinké (also called Mandika in other parts of West Africa) and Pulaar are also widely spoken. Very few Guineans speak English, though most will understand basic words. The main religions are Islam, Christianity and indigenous beliefs. The economy of Guinea has abundant natural resources including 25% or more of the world's known bauxite reserves. Guinea also has diamonds, gold, and other metals. Guineans are proud and can be sensitive when dealing with Expatriates. Business culture has a French and Muslim influence. Expatriate business dress is formal and conservative. The security risk for expatriates in Guinea is medium. Risks include petty theft, corruption, security forces, protests, and conflicts between communities. Other risks include those associated with the poor infrastructure and driving standards. The currency of Guinea is the Guinea Franc (GNF). Credit cards are not widely accepted. ATM facilities are available, but not all international cards are accepted. Medical facilities are poor. Serious or complex medical treatment requires evacuation which can be expensive. Ebola has been reported. Cholera and malaria are also present. The population of Guinea is 12.4 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 9.7% for Guinea as at February 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Guinea is progressive up to 40%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Guinea, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Guinea as at 1 April 2018 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low 2) Clothing: Very Low 3) Communication: Average 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Very Low 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Low Guinea is for example 5.6% more expensive than USA for groceries, -13.8% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 57.4% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Guinea for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Guinea) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Guinea is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Guinea? Register subscribe to your home location and Guinea and run your personalised reports.