Guinea (orthographic projection)Guinea gained independence in 1958 and then suffered through 26 years of socialist dictatorship. Although socialist economic policies were largely abandoned in 1984, the country was still pretty much run by a dictatorship.

A poorly developed economy -- despite major natural resources -- and fighting with its neighbours has left Guinea in poverty.

On the good side, Guinea has a vibrant musical culture like many of its west-African neighbours.

Guinea on Wikipedia

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