||The official language is English (although regular use is limited to the literate minority). Mende is the principal vernacular
in the south, Temne in the north. Krio, an English-based Creole spoken by the descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were
settled in the Freetown area, is the first language for 10% of the population but understood by 95%.
Dialling code from UK
||$ 836 million (2002 est.)
Sierra Leone, a small former British colony on the coast of West Africa, shot to prominence in the United Kingdom in 2000
when British military forces intervened to assist the United Nations in restoring stability in the wake of advances by the
anti-government Revolutionary United Front (RUF).
Sierra Leone has now enjoyed over 2 years of peace, and is addressing all aspects of the post-conflict environment, including
economic regeneration. Revenues are up, inflation down; and the economy is slowly getting back on track. Economic growth across
2004 is projected to have averaged 7.4 percent. The key drivers being an increase in output in agriculture, mining and construction.
There is immense goodwill towards the United Kingdom in Sierra Leone due to our political and military commitment to the country.
British firms are therefore extremely well placed to pick up orders as Sierra Leone rebuilds - especially as much of the existing
equipment is of British origin.
Sierra Leone is now the United Kingdom’s eighth largest export market in West and Central Africa. UK exports in 2003 were
worth £32.35 million (mainly petroleum products).
Population: 5.0 million (2002 est.)
Muslim 60%, indigenous beliefs 30%, Christian 10%.
Republic Day, 27 April (1961)
25, 26 December
28 December (Eid el Fitr - end of Ramadan).
Weights and measures
Imperial weights and measures are used, but metrication is under consideration.
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Publication date: 10/01/2005
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