Where is Sierra Leone?

Located in Western Africa, Sierra Leone has a 1,093.00 km border with Guinea (794 km) and Liberia (299 km). It has a 402.00 km coastline. Sierra Leone opposes Guinean troops' continued occupation of the village of Yenga.

Sierra Leone is an African country covering 71,740.00 km2 of which 0.17% is water and 71,620.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 117th largest country in the world and slightly smaller than South Carolina. Its geographic coordinates are 8 30 N, 11 30 W and Freetown is the capital city.

The name Sierra Leone comes from the Portuguese explorer Pedro de Sintra.

Its ISO code is SL.


Sierra Leone has a mean elevation of 279 m above sea level.

It has a tropical climate with two monsoon seasons between December to March and June to September. Its terrain is made up of mangrove swamps, wooded hill country, plateaus, and mountains.


Sierra Leone has a population of 6,018,888 making it the 109th largest in the world.

English is the official language, and Mende and Temne are widely spoken. The major ethnic groups reported are Temne, Mende, Limba and Kono. The majority of the population practices Islam or indigenous beliefs.

The dialing code for the country is 232.


Sierra Leone is an independent country. it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1961. Its constitution was last ratified in 2008.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Sierra Leone's GDP is $10,640,000,000.00 (USD) with $1,700.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 156th largest economy and its citizens the 204th richest in the world. The currency of Sierra Leone is the Leone (SLL).

Its major export partners are China, Belgium, and Romania. Its main exports are iron ore, diamonds, rutile, cocoa, coffee, and fish. Its major import partners are China, India, and the United States. Its major imports include foodstuffs, machinery, and fuels.

This page was last modified on January 17th, 2018