Sierra Leone



Area 71,740 Km2
Population 6.232 Millions
HDI Rank 177 (over 186 countries)
Capital City Freetown (875,000, 2009 estimate)
Demographic distribution Emne 35%, Mende 31%, Limba 8%, Kono 5%, Kriole 2% (descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area in the late-18th century; also known as Krio), Mandingo 2%, Loko 2%, other 15% (includes refugees from Liberia's recent civil war, and small numbers of Europeans, Lebanese, Pakistanis, and Indians)
Spoken languages
Religious beliefs Islam, Christianity and indigenous beliefs.
Political regime Ten parties are registered to contest the 2012 elections. The main ones are: APC - All Peoples Congress; PMDC - People's Movement for Democratic Change; SLPP - Sierra Leone Peoples Party.
Head of State Ernest Bai Koroma (President)
Associations with International Organisations United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Commonwealth, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Development Bank (AFDB), Mano River Union.
Investment Promotion Agency Ministry of Trade and Industry
Sources: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The World Factbook