The Fulbe ethnic group, also referred to as Peul, is the major population group.Smaller ethnic groups include the Jallonke and the Jahanke.A substantial number of Europeans and Americans reside in Conakry, most of whom work for embassies and development organizations.Expatriates also live in the mining towns of Fria and Kamsar (bauxite) and Siguiri (gold).Siguiri and Kankan are the major cities, and there are many smaller agricultural settlements in the countryside.Kankan sometimes is referred to as the nation's second capital, although in recent years it has been dwarfed in size by cities in southern Guinea. Rainfall is heavy, and the area is dense with rain forests with mahogany, teak, and ebony trees.
The women indicated to the men that they were women.
Larger ethnic groups include the Guerzé, Toma, and Kissi.
Since the early 1990s, the Forest Region has had a substantial rise in population as refugees from wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone have flooded over the border and doubled the size of the towns of Gueckedou, Macenta, and N'Zerekoré. The population is approximately 7.5 million, according to 2000 estimates.
The Niger, Senegal, and Gambia rivers originate in the Futa Jallon.
Many other streams and waterfalls run through this area's rocky escarpments and narrow valleys.