Sierra Leone FlagSierra Leone

Unity, Freedom, Justice

 

General


Population: 5,743,725 (2014), 5,612,685 (2013)
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 (September 17th 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: 57.39 years (2014), 56.98 years (2013)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 4.607 billion (2013), 3.777 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 9.156 billion (2013), 8.412 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 1,400 (2013), 1,400 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 13.3% (2013), 19.8% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 47.9%, Industry 18.6%, Services 33.5% (2013)
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: 0.374 (183rd)(2014), 0.359 (177th)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 12 million (2000)
Unemployment Rate: NA

MilitarySierra Leone Map


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

Current Situation

 

Sierra Leone is located in West Africa. Sierra Leone 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.

(2013) Economic growth has jumped in 2012 due to increased activity in Sierra Leone's energy sector.

(2014) Although high economic growth continued in 2013, it is expected to have been negatively impacted by the outbreak of ebola in 2014, which revealed the many challenges still facing Sierra Leone.

Thoughts & Comments

 

Sources

CIA World Factbook: Sierra Leone
Wikipedia: Sierra Leone
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/SLE.html

Updated on: December 23rd, 2014