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Travel Information for Liberia
Time zone:GMT 0 (Greenwich mean time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:English
Currency: Liberian dollars (LRD)

1 = L$103, $1 = L$93.00, £1 = L$0.00

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.lrInternational Dialling Code:    231

For help planning your trip to Liberia including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Liberia trip planning page.

Further information on Liberia

Discover more about Liberia - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of liberia

Total area: 111,370 sq km (15,050 sq km under water)

Coastline: 579 km (Atlantic Ocean)

Neighbours (border lengths): Guinea (563km), Ivory Coast (716km), Sierra Leone (306km)

Climate: Tropical climate with hot and humid conditions. Winters are dry with hot days and cool to cold nights, summers are wet and cloudy with frequent heavy showers.

Highest mountain: Mount Wuteve (1,380m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Liberia from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldPartly Free -
Democracy IndexHybrid regime 101/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 141/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 87/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 94/174
Overall Ranking:    127/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Liberia     Status: Independent Country

Population: 4,092,310 (rank: 126/196)     Density: 36.7 people/sq km (rank: 141/196)

Ethnic groups: indigenous African 95% (including Kpelle, Bassa, Gio, Kru, Grebo, Mano, Krahn, Gola, Gbandi, Loma, Kissi, Vai, Dei, Bella, Mandingo, and Mende), Americo-Liberians 2.5% (descendants of immigrants from the US who had been slaves), Congo People 2.5% (descendants of immigrants from the Caribbean who had been slaves)

Religions: Christian 40%, Muslim 20%, indigenous beliefs 40%

GDP (PPP): $2.9 billion       GDP per capita: $700 (rank: 190/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.