Sierra Leone

Information about Sierra Leone

Region:Africa
Capital:Freetown
Population:5,836,000
Area (sq km):71,740
FIPS Country Code:SL
ISO Country Code:SL
GRN Office:Gospel Recordings Sierra Leone

About Sierra Leone

Freetown, the capital, is a port city and the commercial hub. Settled by freed and rescued slaves in 18th century, it was made the seat of government for the British territories in West Africa in 1821 and became the capital in 1961.

People groups:

  • West Atlantic - 45.3%
  • Mande - 43.8%
  • Kwa - 1.3%
  • Krio 8.6%
  • Other 1%

Religions: (Freedom of religion.)

  • Muslim - 70%
  • Traditional ethnic - 18.24%
  • Christian - 11%
  • Hindu - 0.04%

History

Sierra Leone was founded as a home for freed slaves in 1797. It was the first West African country to be evangelised. The first Protestant Church was started among freed slaves in Freetown, yet after over 200 years of effort, under 12% of the country claims to be Christian. (From 'Operation World')

The country emerged from a decade of civil war in 2002 with the help of Britain and a large United Nations peace keeping mission. It now faces the huge challenge of reconstruction.

Map of Sierra Leone

Map of Sierra Leone

Languages and dialects spoken in Sierra Leone

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    Indigenous languages

Found 18 language names


Language Names Recordings Available
English: Africa [Sierra Leone]
Fuuta Jalon: Kabu Fula [Sierra Leone]
Kissi: Sierra Leone
Kono: Sierra Leone
Koranko [Sierra Leone]
Krim [Sierra Leone]
Krio [Australia]
Kuranko: Sengbeh [Sierra Leone]
Landorgoh Loko [Sierra Leone]
Limba, West-Central [Sierra Leone]
Limba: Western [Sierra Leone]
Loko [Sierra Leone]
Mende [Sierra Leone]
Pular [Guinea-Bissau]
Sherbro [Sierra Leone]
Sherbro: Shenge [Sierra Leone]
Sousou: Sierra Leone
Temne [Sierra Leone]

People Groups in Sierra Leone

Arab, Lebanese; Bassa; Bom, Bum; British; Bullom; Deaf; French; Fula Jalon; Fulani, Krio; Gola; Greek; Kissi; Kissi, Southern; Kono, Konnoh; Krim; Krio; Kru; Kuranko; Limba, East; Limba, West; Loko; Maninka, Eastern; Mende; Sherbro; South Asian, general; Susu; Temne; Temne-Banta; Vai; Yalunka; Yoruba;

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