Sierra Leone
Republic of Sierra Leone

Capital
Freetown

Area
27,699 sq mi
71,740 sq km


Population
5,732,681 est 2003

Largest city
Freetown
pop. 1,051,000


Languages
English (official), Mende, Temne, Krio (English-based Creole)

Peoples
20 native African tribes 90% (Temne 30%, Mende 30%, Bolom and others 30%), Creole (Krio) 10%

Religion
Islam 60%, indigenous beliefs 30%, Christian 10%

Life Expectancy
total population: 42.69 years
male: 40.23 years
female: 45.21 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 31.4%
male: 45.4%
female: 18.2% (1995 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Constitutional democracy


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