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Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone's history began more than 2,500 years ago. It gained independence from the British and became a republic of West Africa in 1961. Their main religion is Muslim, followed by Christian. The official language is English. The capital is Freedomtown. Population was 4,976,871 as of 2004. A few other things you might not know about Sierra Leone:
5 Facts You Might Not Know
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Slaves, at first, were those deeply in debt or in trouble in their own tribe. They indentured themselves to the chief of another tribe, if that chief would settle their debts or solve their problems. These slaves would maintain some freedoms, gradually work their way out of debt, and regain their freedom.
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The first elections held in Sierra Leone, in the 1790s, included women's votes. Women have remained an important part of their culture. When a chief had to be away, his wife was left in charge of his domain. There are women chieftains and women in other government leadership positions.
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Diamond mining is a main factor in Sierra Leone's economic growth, as is gold mining. Sierra Leone is listed in the top ten of high-grade diamond producers in the world. The term 'blood diamond' comes from the illegal diamond trade going on there. Thousands have died because of the greed and corruption in diamond trafficking.
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Sierra Leone is home to the third largest harbor in the world: Freedomtown's Queen Elizabeth II Quay. They have restored a railway car that was built for Queen Elizabeth II to ride in on a visit that was planned in 1961. The visit was cancelled and the car was never used. It is on display at the National Railway Museum in Clinetown, Sierra Leone.
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Sierra Leone was the educational hub of British-ruled West Africa. Established in 1827, Fourth Bay College drew many of English-speaking West Coast Africans. It remained the only university of its kind for over a century.

The capital of Sierra Leone is Freetown. The currency of Sierra Leone is the Leone(SLL) Flag of Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone is an African country


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Airports in Sierra Leone

Lungi Airport


Leaders of Sierra Leone
The Country dialling code of Sierra Leone is +232, and the TLD (Top-level domain) of Sierra Leone is .sl

Map of Sierra Leone

Population

6,144,562

Languages spoken in Sierra Leone

English

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Coordinates (in Latitude & Longitude) of Sierra Leone

8 30 N, 11 30 W

Kilometers of coastline

402 kilometers

Square kilometers of land

71,620 square kilometers

Square kilometers of water

120 square kilometers

Birth rate

45.41 / 1000 population

Death rate

22.64 / 1000 population

Irrigated land

300 sq km
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