Sierra Leone

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INFORMATION

Capital: Freetown

Government: Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic

Current President: Julius Maada Bio

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: 6,163,195 (2017)

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

Major Ethnic 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

 
  • Mon - Oct 15, 2018: Ambassador Dr. Lansana Gberie Presents Credentials to UN Director General - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Ambassador Dr. Lansana Gberie presenting his credentials to the UN Director General Mr. Michael Moller at the Palais Des Nations,UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland .
  • Mon - Oct 15, 2018: Parliament Ratifies $10m Agro-Business Financing Agreement - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Members of Parliament have yesterday approved a $10million financing agreement (Sierra Leone agro-processing competitiveness project) between the government of Sierra Leone and the International Development Association.
  • Mon - Oct 15, 2018: Team Sierra Leone Ends Youth Olympic On Low - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Team Sierra Leone ended its 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games campaign in Buenos Aires, Argentina poorly after all its participants failed to make progress in their respective discipline.
  • Mon - Oct 15, 2018: Young Computer Scientist Urges Govt to Introduce Technology in Classroom - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Mohamed Bangura, a young Computer Science expert, has called on government to introduce technology in classrooms across the country, stating that it would improve education and learning among kids.
  • Mon - Oct 15, 2018: Parliamentary Committee Urges TSC to Collaborate With WAEC - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Basic and Higher Education have urged the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) to collaborate with officials of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in choosing specific textbooks that should be used by pupils preparing for public exams.