Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Sierra Leone
  • Independence: 1961 (from UK)
  • Population: 5,879,098
  • Divided into 4 geographic regions and 14 districts
  • Capital: Freetown (pop. 1.007 million)
  • Climate: tropical
  • Economy: based on agriculture and mining, especially diamonds
  • Official language: English; Krio mainly spoken by inhabitants though
  • Major religions: Islam and Christianity
  • Literacy rate: 48.1%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A constitutional representative democratic republic
  • President Ernest Bai Korma (since 2007)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 1,360/100,000
  • Infant morality rate: 71.68/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 57.79 years
  • Health expenditures: 11.8% GDP
  • Physicians density: 0.02/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.4/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 1.4%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, schistosomiasis, rabies
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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