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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone
Standards
Road Traffic:right side
Electricity:
Voltage:230V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:D, G,
TV Systems:
System:PAL B / PAL G
DVD-Region: 5
Geography
Bordering countries:

Location:
Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Liberia
Area:
total: 71,740 sq km
land: 71,620 sq km
water: 120 sq km
Climate:
tropical; hot, humid; summer rainy season (May to December); winter dry season (December to April)
Terrain:
coastal belt of mangrove swamps, wooded hill country, upland plateau, mountains in east
Economy
GDP: $4.921 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 6.3% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $800 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 1% (2002 est.)
Currency: leone (SLL)
Exchange rates:
leones per US dollar - 2,889.6 (2005), 2,701.3 (2004), 2,347.9 (2003), 2,099 (2002), 1,986.2 (2001)
People
Population: 6,005,250 (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 2.3% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Muslim 60%, indigenous beliefs 30%, Christian 10%
Languages:
English (official, regular use limited to literate minority), Mende (principal vernacular in the south), Temne (principal 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%)
Government
Capital:
name: Freetown
time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence:
27 April 1961 (from UK)


Note: Information on Sierra Leone was mainly sourced from CIA's World Factbook and may represent an American point of view. To learn more about Sierra Leone, please visit one of the links below.


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