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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Sierra Leone is an inspiring country with tremendous potential; from the tropical paradise of rain forests to white sandy beaches, Sierra Leone's heritage, history and sophistication happily co-exist with nature to create a unique harmonious ambience. There are several theories about the origin of the name that means "lion mountains." Some people say that the coastal regions looked like lion's teeth, others suggest that thounderstorms over the mountainous peninsula sounded like the roar of a lion to the first Portuguese explorers who navigated this part of Africa.

Area: 71.759 Km²
Population: 5.427.000 (2001 est.)
Density: 76 pop/Km²

System of government: Presidential Republic
Capital: Freetown (669.000 pop.)
Major cities: Koindu 125.000 pop., Bo 64.000 pop.
Ethnic majority: Mende 34%, Temne 31%, Kono 6%, Limba 4%, Creole 2%, others 23%
Border countries: Guinea NORTH and EAST, Liberia SOUTH-EAST

Principal mountains: Bintimani 1948 m
Principal rivers: Sewa 325 Km
Principal lakes: -
Principal islands: Sherbro 670 Km²
Climate: Tropical

Language: English (official), ethnic dialects
Religion: Indigenous Beliefs 30%, Muslim 30%, Christian 10%
Currency: Leone (SLL)

Fixed public holidays:: 1/1, 27/4, 25/12, 26/12
Dialling code: 00232
GMT: 0

World Heritage List: -