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Sierra Leone

Flag: Sierra Leone
Geography
 
Location:Bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Liberia
Area:Total: 71,740 sq km Land: 71,620 sq km Water: 120 sq km
Land boundaries:Total: 958 km It has borders with Guinea 652 km and Liberia 306 km
Map: Sierra Leone
Climate:Tropical
People
 
Population:6,144,562 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 44.8% (male 1,349,878/female 1,400,297) 15-64 years: 52% (male 1,531,763/female 1,664,996) 65 years and over: 3.2% (male 92,360/female 105,268) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:20 African ethnic groups 90% (Temne 30%, Mende 30%, other 30%), Creole (Krio) 10% (descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area in the late-18th century), refugees from Liberia's recent civil war, small numbers of Europeans, Lebanese, Pakistanis, and Indians
Religions:Muslim 60%, Christian 10%, indigenous beliefs 30%
Languages:English (official, regular use limited to literate minority), Mende (principal vernacular in the south), Temne (principal vernacular in the north), Krio (English-based Creole, spoken by the descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area, a lingua franca and a first language for 10% of the population but understood by 95%)
Government
 
Government type:Constitutional democracy
Capital:Freetown
Independence:27 April 1961 (from UK)
Legal system:Based on English law and customary laws indigenous to local tribes
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$5.452 billion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$900 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 49% industry: 31% services: 21% (2001 est.)
Industries:Diamond mining; small-scale manufacturing (beverages, textiles, cigarettes, footwear); petroleum refining, small commercial ship repair
Currency (code):Leone (SLL)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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