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Sierra Leone-Chelsea (=
President: Ernest Koroma (2007)
Area: 71,740 sq. km. (29,925 sq. mi.) (a little smaller than Canada)
Annual population growth rate: 2.179%.
Religions: (est.) Muslim 60%, Christian 30%, animist 10%
Natural Resources: Diamonds, titanium ore, bauxite, gold, iron, ilmenorutile, platinum, chromite, manganese, cassiterite, molybdenite, forests, fresh water, and rich offshore fishing grounds.
Agriculture Products: coffee, cocoa, ginger, palm kernels, palm oil, cassava, bananas, citrus, peanuts, cashews, plantains, rice, sweet potatoes, vegetables, cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, fish.
Terrain: Mangrove swamps and beaches, shallow bays along the coast, wooded hills along the interior, and a mpuntain plateau in the interior.
Exports: diamonds, rutile, cocoa, coffee, fish.
Imports: foodstuffs, machinery and equipment, fuels and lubricants, chemicals.
Ethnic Groups: Temne, Mende, Krio (Creole), and small numbers of Europeans, Indians, Pakistanis, and Lebanese.
Sierra Leone's education is legally required for six years at primary level and three years in junior secondary education. Education improved alot since The Sierra Leone Civil War.
English is the official language, spoken in schools, government, and by the media.
Krio language is most widely spoken by 97% of the country.
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