Sierra Leone



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Capital: Freetown

Government: Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic

Current President: Julius Maada Bio


  • 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: 6,624,933 (2020)

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)

  • 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%)



  • Thu - Oct 21, 2021: Sierra Leone VP Set to Deliver NAYMOTE Address At Naymote's Flagship Leadership Seminar - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [FrontPageAfrica] Paynesville -- The Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh will visit Liberia from October 22nd -27th, 2021, as the guest of the Young Political Leadership School Africa (YPLS Africa), an offspring of the Naymote Partners for Democratic Development (NAYMOTE).
  • Thu - Oct 21, 2021: Road Safety Authority Presents Biometric Driver's License to President Bio - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Sierra Leone Government] State House, Freetown, Wednesday 20 October 2021 - His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has received his new biometric driver's license from the Executive Director of Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority, SLRSA, Ibrahim Sannoh, as part of the symbolic launch of their newest product, now available to the public.
  • Tue - Oct 19, 2021: Cricket - Nigeria, Sierra Leone Bilateral Series Begins in Lagos - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Premium Times] The series is part of the preparation for the upcoming world cup qualifiers in Rwanda
  • Mon - Oct 18, 2021: Women Scorpions to Play Sierra Leone Today in Awcon Qualifiers - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [The Point] The Gambia National Women's Scorpions will today (Monday) play against Sierra Leone at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia in the first leg of the Women's Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers.
  • Fri - Oct 15, 2021: Sierra Leone President Defends Controversial Guinea Visit - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [East African] Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio has dismissed persistent criticism for his visit to Guinea earlier this week, saying that the state visit was in the interest of his country's national security.