• Sierra Leone

    Sierra Leone

    Sierra Leone possesses substantial mineral, agricultural and fishery resources (nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence agriculture). Recently, however, economic growth has been driven by mining – particularly iron ore. The country was hard hit by the 2014 Ebola epidemic, which caused a contraction of economic activity in several sectors and deterred private investment.

    Name Republic of Sierra Leone

    Capital Freetown 

    Frequency of elections Every five years

    Name of parliament Parliament of Sierra Leone

    Parliament website www.sl-parliament.org

    Languages English, Mende, Temne, Krio

    Area 71 740 km2

    Population 5 743 725 (July 2014 est)

    Imports Foodstuffs, machinery and equipment, fuels and lubricants, chemicals

    Exports Diamonds, rutile, cocoa, coffee, fish

    Currency Leone

    Source: CIA World Factbook
    Image: Alamy