Sierra Leone

Information about Sierra Leone

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%


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 26 language names

Language Names Recordings Available
English: Africa [Sierra Leone] [eng]
Gbereshe Mandingo [Sierra Leone] [emk]
Gola [Liberia] - ISO Language [gol]
Gola: Deng [Liberia] [gol]
Gola: Senje [Liberia] [gol]
Kebu Fula [Sierra Leone] [fuf]
Kissi: Sierra Leone [Eastern] [kqs]
Klao [Western Area] - ISO Language [klu]
Kono [Sierra Leone] [Eastern] - ISO Language [kno]
Koranko [Northern] - ISO Language [knk]
Krim [Southern] [bmf]
Krio [Western Area] - ISO Language [kri]
Kroo [Liberia] [klu]
Kuranko: Sengbeh [Northern] [knk]
Landorgoh Loko [Northern] [lok]
Limba, West-Central [Northern] - ISO Language [lia]
Limba, West-Central: Western [Northern] [lia]
Mende [Eastern] - ISO Language [men]
Mende: Ko [Eastern] [men]
Mende: Kpa [Eastern] [men]
Pular [Guinea] - ISO Language [fuf]
Sherbro [Southern] - ISO Language [bun]
Sherbro: Shenge [Southern] [bun]
Sousou: Sierra Leone [Northern] [sus]
Temne [Northern] - ISO Language [tem]
Yoruba [Benin] - ISO Language [yor]

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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