Overland Journeys: West Africa Overland

Travel Information for Sierra Leone
Time zone:GMT 0 (Greenwich mean time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:English, Mende, Temne, Creole
Currency: leones (SLL)

1 = Le6356, $1 = Le5696, £1 = Le7575

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.slInternational 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

Map of sierra_leone

Total area: 71,740 sq km (120 sq km under water)

Coastline: 402 km (Atlantic Ocean)

Neighbours (border lengths): Guinea (652km), Liberia (306km)

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 WorldPartly Free -
Democracy IndexHybrid regime 109/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 147/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 77/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 119/174
Overall Ranking:    129/195

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)

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