|Time zone:||GMT 0 (Greenwich mean time)||Daylight savings: None|
|Main languages:||English, Mende, Temne, Creole|
€1 = Le6356, $1 = Le5696, £1 = Le7575
(rates as of Sep 2016)
|Internet Domain:||.sl||International Dialling Code: 232|
For help planning your trip to Sierra Leone including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Sierra Leone trip planning page.
Further information on Sierra Leone
Discover more about Sierra Leone - 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
Total area: 71,740 sq km (120 sq km under water)
Coastline: 402 km (Atlantic Ocean)
Climate: Tropical climate with hot and humid conditions. There is a summer rainy season from May to December and a winter dry season from December to April.
Highest mountain: Loma Mansa (Bintimani) (1,948m)
Freedom & Rights
Summary status and rankings for Sierra Leone from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.
|Freedom in the World||Partly Free||-|
|Democracy Index||Hybrid regime||109/167|
|Economic Freedom||Mostly Unfree||147/179|
|Press Freedom||Noticeable problems||77/179|
|ILGA LGBT rights||No rights||-|
|Corruption Perceptions||Medium corruption||119/174|
Other Data & Links
Full name: Republic of Sierra Leone Status: Independent Country
Population: 5,743,725 (rank: 110/196) Density: 80 people/sq km (rank: 99/196)
Ethnic groups: 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
Religions: Muslim 60%, Christian 10%, indigenous beliefs 30%
GDP (PPP): $9.16 billion GDP per capita: $1,400 (rank: 176/195)