flag Sierra Leone Sierra Leone: Introduction

Capital: Freetown


Total Population: 7,976,985
Natural Increase: 2.1%
Density: 111 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 42.9%
Ethnic Origins: The population is comprised of 15 ethnic groups, of which the Mende and Temne make up almost two-thirds of the total population; the Krio Creoles, descendants of Jamaicans, about 1%; while other ethnic groups and non-Sierra Leoneans make up 36% of the population. (Statistics Sierra Leone)
Official Language: English
Other Languages Spoken: Mende, Temne, Krio and others.
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Muslims 60%, Christians 10%, Indigenous beliefs 30%.
Literacy Rate: 34.8%

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Freetown

Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: Leone (SLL)

Country Overview

Area: 72,300 km²
Type of State: Democratic Republic.
Type of Economy: Low-income economy.
Substantial production of diamonds; it depends on international financial aid.
HDI*: 0.413/1
HDI (World Rank): 181/188

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To call from Sierra Leone, dial 00
To call Sierra Leone, dial +232
Internet Suffix: .sl
Telephone Lines: 0.3 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 1.3 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 14.2% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20162017201820192020
Imports of Goods (million USD) 1,5601,3011,3541,5761,257
Exports of Goods (million USD) 635567554619368
Imports of Services (million USD) n/a4203704040
Exports of Services (million USD) n/a14592640

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, Latest Available Data


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