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Sierra Leone FlagSierra Leone

Unity, Freedom, Justice



Population: 5,363,669 (2011)
Land Area: 71,740 sq km
Natural Resources: Diamonds, titanium ore, bauxite, iron ore, gold, chromite
Capital: Freetown
Political System: Constitutional Monarchy
State Leader: Ernest Bai Koroma (2007)
Languages: English, Mende, Temne, Krio
Currency: Leone (SLL)
Major Religions: Muslim 60%, Christian 10%, Indigenous Beliefs 30%
Major Ethnicities: 20 African ethnic groups 90%, Creole 10%
Life Expectancy: 56.13 years (2011)


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 1.901 billion (2010)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 4.812 billion (2010)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 900 (2010)
GDP Growth Rate: 5.2% (2010)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 49%, Industry 31%, Services 21% (2005)
Labour Force By Occupation: NA
Industries: Diamond mining, small-scale manufacturing, petroleum refining, small commercial ship repair
Agriculture Products: Rice, coffee, palm kernels, palm oil, peanuts; poultry, cattle, sheep; fish
Human Development Index: 0.336 (180th)
Tourism Revenue: 12 million (2000)
Unemployment Rate: NA

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Army Size: 12 000 (2004)
Budget: 2.3% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation


Sierra Leone is located in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea and Liberia. Sierra Leone's economy suffered greatly from the civil war that ended in 2000. The growth rate is high and as long as stability is maintained, it promises to keep growing. The largest sector is the mining sector, Sierra Leone is rich in mineral resources, notably diamonds.

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Updated on: December 29, 2011