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 - Jan 20, 2018: Court Orders Arrest of Presidential Candidate - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [East African] A Sierra Leone court has ordered the arrest of an opposition presidential candidate on charges of contempt.
  • Fri - Jan 19, 2018: 95 Ex-Boko Haram Fighters Set for Release - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [This Day] Ninety five ex-Boko Haram terrorists that have been rehabilitated under the Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme are now set to be reintegrated into the society.
  • Thu - Jan 18, 2018: Former Deputy Minister Goes Independent - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Erstwhile Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs, Madam Rugiatu Neneh Turay, has decided to contest the March 7 Local Council election under an independent ticket after her party-the ruling All People's Congress (APC) refused to award her symbol to contest.
  • Thu - Jan 18, 2018: Police to Search Political Party Offices for Tugs, Offensive Weapons - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police (IGP), Dr.Richard Moigbeh, has threatened to swiftly go into action against any political party that has created paramilitary or possessed offensive weapons in order to create mayhem in the 2018 general elections.
  • Thu - Jan 18, 2018: Four Journalists Awarded Party Symbol - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] The ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party has awarded Party Symbol to three journalists who applied to contest for the positions of Mayor, District Council Chairperson and Members of Parliament (MP) respectively.