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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Population: 5,426,618 (July 2001 est.)

Languages: English (official, regular use limited to literate minority), Mende (principal vernacular in the south), Temne (principal vernacular in the north), Krio (English-based Creole, spoken by the descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area, a lingua franca and a first language for 10% of the population but understood by 95%)

Background: Since 1991, civil war between the government and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (well over one-third of the population) many of whom are now...

Currency: leone (SLL, No information)

Data from CIA World Factbook. Click on CIA link for more. Click on map or flag for larger images.

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 · CIA World Factbook: Sierra Leone
 · Ethnologue: Languages of Sierra Leone
 · BBC Country profile: Sierra Leone

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