Sierra Leone



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Capital: Freetown

Government: Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic

Current President: Ernest Bai Koroma


  • 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)

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


  • 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%)



  • Sat - Mar 25, 2017: President Koroma Launches National Land Policy - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Sierra Leone Government] By State House Communication Unit
  • Thu - Mar 23, 2017: NEC Says False Information Will Attract Jail Term, Fines - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] A Pratt -One of the Registration Officer of the National Electoral Commission, Madam Joyce Morrison, has told Concord Times that it is an offence for an individual to provide false information during registration process.
  • Thu - Mar 23, 2017: Soccer - Duo On Target in Europe - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Sierra Leonean duo, Abdulai Bell-Baggie and Alhassan 'Crespo' Kamara, both registered their names on the score-sheet over the weekend for Poole Town and in England and Sweden's BK Häcken.
  • Thu - Mar 23, 2017: Football Association Executive Inaugurated - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Western Area Football Association (WAFA) will today inaugurate its newly elected executive committee members and also introduce members of the newly constituted committee of the Association in a planned ceremony at the Siaka Steven stadium in Freetown.
  • Thu - Mar 23, 2017: 'I Have No Doubt in the Voter Registration Process' - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Leader, Chairman and standard bearer of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) has stated that his party was not bordered about sending party agents to observe the ongoing voter registration exercise, because they have total trust in the process.