Guide to SIERRA LEONE
SIERRA LEONE which official name is Republic of Sierra Leone or Sierra Leone, is a country from Africa located at the Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Liberia. SIERRA LEONE with 958 km sq km, limits with: Guinea 652 km, Liberia 306 km; and is divided in 3 provinces and 1 area . SIERRA LEONE's capital is Freetown which is the most populated city with about 1,190,761 inhabitants.
History of SIERRA LEONE
SIERRA LEONE's government is constitutional democracy; a Republic with a Executive government type, with President Ernest Bai Koroma as head of state.
Other symbols of SIERRA LEONE are Sierra Leonean motto " Unity, freedom, justice Sierra Leonean anthem "High We Exalt Thee, Realm of the Free Sierra Leonean flag.Sierra Leonean flag is composed by three equal horizontal bands of light green (top), white, and light blue .
SIERRA LEONE's history is quite long: The government is slowly reestablishing its authority after the civil war from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about one-third of the population). The last UN peacekeepers withdrew in December 2005 leaving full responsibility for security with domestic forces. A new civilian UN mission - the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) - was established to support the government's efforts to consolidate peace. The most pressing long-term threat to stability in Sierra Leone is the potential for political insecurity surrounding elections in July 2007.
SIERRA LEONEs geography
SIERRA LEONE has an area of 71,740Km ,with a coastline of 402, this great area is composed by 71,620 sq km of land and 120 sq km of water. Sierra Leonean geography is known by it's coastal belt of mangrove swamps, wooded hill country, upland plateau, mountains in east . This makes Sierra Leonean's land specially proclive to dry, sand-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara (December to February); sandstorms, dust storms.
Guide to travel to SIERRA LEONE
If you are thinking on traveling to SIERRA LEONE, you will have to take in consideration some points like SIERRA LEONE's currency, SIERRA LEONE's weather, SIERRA LEONE's national holiday and SIERRA LEONE's transports.
The first thing you need to know for your travels abroad is country's currency. SIERRA LEONE`s currency is called leone ( Le), which is divided in 100 cents
SIERRA LEONE's weather is characterized to be tropical; hot, humid; summer rainy season (May to December); winter dry season (December to April). So be sure of choosing the proper date to travel to SIERRA LEONE.
You can also consider to visit SIERRA LEONE on it's national holiday to get in SIERRA LEONE's culture. If you do so, SIERRA LEONE's national holiday is called Independence Day, 27 April.
Also, if you like natural wonders, don't forget to visit the highest point of SIERRA LEONE: Loma Mansa (Bintimani) 1,948 m. And try also to get to SIERRA LEONE's lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 mBut if you prefer the city, you must visit SIERRA LEONE's tallest structure: ( ).
Don't be afraid to take a flight to SIERRA LEONE, with more than 10 airports and 0 airlines, you will get to SIERRA LEONE without problems. Once there, you can choose the transport type that better fits your needs. SIERRA LEONE has about0 of railways, and also800 of roadways, so is a good place for a car trip.
Sierra Leonean Culture
SIERRA LEONE is known by Sierra Leoneans as Republic of Sierra Leone or Sierra Leone in the shortened way. Sierra Leonean, about 6,144,562 people, are composed by different ethnics: 20 African ethnic groups 90% (Temne 30%, Mende 30%, other 30%), Creole (Krio) 10% (descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area in the late-18th century), refugees from Liberia's recent civil war, small numbers of Europeans, Lebanese, Pakistanis, and Indians. And they also have different languages: English.
Another relevant point nowadays it's SIERRA LEONE's religion. Sierra Leoneans are divided in Muslim 60%, Christian 10%, indigenous beliefs 30%.
But if want to know more about SIERRA LEONE's culture, the best way is by reading the most famous Sierra Leonean novelists' books like Aminatta Forna (b. 1964), Syl Cheney-Coker .
Videos of Sierra Leone
See some viedos of Sierra Leone's places and tourism before choosing your vacations destination.
Latest News of Sierra Leone
|Sierra Leone: Not All Sierra Leoneans Enjoy Economic Growth Benefits
[Deutsche Welle]Sierra Leone has one of the world's fastest growing economies, according to an International Monetary Fund report. But the post-civil war boom has not yet brought benefits for everyone.
|Sierra Leone: 'Sierra Leone Is Owned By All of Us'
[Sierra Leone Government]His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has said that Sierra Leone belongs every citizen. He made this statement during a courtesy call on him by a cross section of the Fullah community in the country.
|Fire and ice: Sierra Leone Samuels referees with a cool hand
By Paige Elliott Contributing Writer The boxing ring has a way of revealing character and teaching lessons. Those who enter unprepared or unfocused are often exposed. For amateur boxing referee Sierra Leone Samuels, the boxing ring has provided a test of nerves, judgment and reason. So far she’s passing with flying colors. [...]
|Sierra Leone pick Chelsea youngsters
New Sierra Leone coach Johnny McKinstry picks two young Chelsea players in the squad for two World Cup qualifiers in June.
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