flag Sierra Leone Sierra Leone: Statistical Overview

Capital: Freetown


Total Population: 8,605,718
Natural Increase: 2.2%
Density: 117 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 43.8%
Ethnic Origins: The population is comprised of 15 ethnic groups, of which the Mende and Temne make up almost two-thirds of the total population; the Krio Creoles, descendants of Jamaicans, about 1%; while other ethnic groups and non-Sierra Leoneans make up 36% of the population. (Statistics Sierra Leone)
Official Language: English
Other Languages Spoken: Mende, Temne, Krio and others.
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Muslims 60%, Christians 10%, Indigenous beliefs 30%.
Literacy Rate: 34.8%

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Freetown

Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: Leone (SLL)

Country Overview

Area: 72,300 km²
Type of State: Democratic Republic.
Type of Economy: Low-income economy.
Substantial production of diamonds; it depends on international financial aid.
HDI*: 0.413/1
HDI (World Rank): 181/188

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To call from Sierra Leone, dial 00
To call Sierra Leone, dial +232
Internet Suffix: .sl
Telephone Lines: 0.3 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 1.3 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 14.2% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20182019202020212022
Imports of Goods (million USD) 1,3541,5022,1461,8031,966
Exports of Goods (million USD) 5546354236971,124
Imports of Services (million USD) 384430165238331
Exports of Services (million USD) 10575536837

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, Latest data available.


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Latest Update: December 2023