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Guinea People

    Population: 7,538,953 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 44% (male 1,640,158; female 1,653,184)
    15-64 years: 54% (male 1,974,849; female 2,068,221)
    65 years and over: 2% (male 83,859; female 118,682) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 0.82% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 40.62 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 17.3 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: -15.12 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)
    note: over the years Guinea has received up to several hundred thousand refugees from the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, some of whom are now returning to their own countries

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.71 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 126.32 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 46.5 years
    male: 44.02 years
    female: 49.06 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 5.53 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Guinean(s)
    adjective: Guinean

    Ethnic groups: Peuhl 40%, Malinke 30%, Soussou 20%, smaller tribes 10%

    Religions: Muslim 85%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs 7%

    Languages: French (official), each tribe has its own language

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 35.9%
    male: 49.9%
    female: 21.9% (1995 est.)

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