Sierra Leone

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INFORMATION

Capital: Freetown

Government: Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic

Current President: Ernest Bai Koroma

Economy:

  • While Sierra Leone possesses substantial mineral, agricultural, and fishery resources, its physical and social infrastructure has yet to recover from the civil war, and serious social disorders continue to hamper economic development.
  • Nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence agriculture.

Population: 7,075,641 (2015)

Land Size: 71,740 sq km (27,669 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Temne: 35%
  • Mende: 31%
  • Limba: 8%
  • Kono: 5%
  • Kriole: 2% (descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area in the late-18th century; also known as Krio)
  • Mandingo: 2%
  • Loko: 2%
  • Other: 15% (includes refugees from Liberia’s recent civil war, and small numbers of Europeans, Lebanese, Pakistanis, and Indians)
Religions:

  • Muslim: 60%
  • Christian: 10%
  • Indigenous African Religions: 30%

Language(s):

  • English (official, regular use limited to literate minority)
  • Mende (principle vernacular in the south)
  • Temne (principle 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%)

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RECENT NEWS

 
  • Thu - Apr 27, 2017: Ebola Virus Response - Experiences and Lessons From Sierra Leone - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [The Conversation Africa] Washington State University -It's 18 months since Sierra Leone was declared Ebola free after a two-year outbreak that left 4,000 people dead.
  • Thu - Apr 27, 2017: Barrow Embarks On Three-Nation Tour - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [The Point] The Gambian leader, President Adama Barrow, yesterday, Wednesday, began an official visit to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana.
  • Thu - Apr 27, 2017: President Koroma Hosts Gambian Counterpart Adama Barrow - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Sierra Leone Government] Gambian President Adama Barrow arrived in Freetown last evening for a two-day working visit from Wednesday 26 April to Thursday, 27 April, 2017. This is President Barrow's first visit to Sierra Leone since assuming the mantle as President of the Republic of The Gambia.
  • Wed - Apr 26, 2017: New Ombudsman Takes Oath of Office - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Sierra Leone Government] The newly appointed Ombudsman of the republic of Sierra Leone Lawyer Melron Nicol-Wilson Tuesday 25 April 2017 subscribed to the oath of office at a ceremony at State House in Freetown. Prior to his appointment, the young and successful lawyer was Managing Partner at Malaika Chambers and is married to Makuta Nicol-Wilson (nee Marah) with three children.
  • Thu - Apr 20, 2017: NEC Briefs President Koroma On Voter Registration - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Sierra Leone Government] By State House Communication Unit