Introduction

Summary

Independent republic within the Commonwealth, on the west coast of Africa. Bordered by Guinea and Liberia.

Cities

Capital: Freetown

Principal Ports

Bonthe, Freetown, Pepel

Population

7.6 million

International Country Code

SL

Language(s)

English, Mende (principal vernacular in the south), Temne (principal vernacular in the north), Krio (English-based Creole, spoken by the descendents of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area, a lingua franca and first language for 10% of the population but understood by 95%).

Weights and Measures

Imperial and metric systems

Electricity Supply

230V, 50Hz

International Direct Dialling Code

00 232

Time

GMT.

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