Liberia is a west African country bordered by Sierra Leone on the west, Guinea on the north, Cote d'Ivoire on the east and North Atlantic Ocean on the south-west.
Monrovia is the capital city of Liberia. It is named in honor of James Monroe, president of the United States. With an estimated population of 1,010,970, Monrovia is the most-populated city in the country. Monrovia serves as the cultural, political and economic center of Liberia.
How big is Liberia?
Liberia covers a total area of 43,000 square miles. According to the 2011 estimate, the country has an estimated population of 3,786,764.
What are the ethnic groups in Liberia?
There are over sixteen indigenous ethnic groups in Liberia. The majority of the population is composed of the indigenous people. Kpelle is the largest ethnic group concentrated mainly in central and western Liberia. There are a few descendants of African-American settlers called Americo-Liberians in the country. Lebanese, Indians, and other west African nationals are the minority groups.
What are the administrative divisions of Liberia?
Liberia is divided into fifteen counties, that are further divided into districts, and sub-divided into clans. Nimba is the largest county with an area of 4,460 square miles. Each county is administered by a superintendent who is appointed by the president.
Who are the political leaders of Liberia?
The government of Liberia is a unitary presidential constitutional republic.
President - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Vice President - Joseph Boakai
Speaker of the House - Alex J. Tyler
Chief Justice - Johnnie Lewis
What is the official currency used in Liberia?
The dollar denoted by the ISO 4217 code LRD is the official currency of Liberia. It is abbreviated with the dollar sign ($), and is divided into 100 cents. The Central Bank of Liberia issues the currency. The Liberian dollar has been the currency of Liberia since 1943.
What is the official language of Liberia?
The government of Liberia recognizes English as the official language. There are over thirty-one indigenous languages spoken in the country that include Bandi, Kpelle, Dan, Maninka, Loma, and Tajuasohn.
What is the official religion of Liberia?
Christianity is the official and the most widely practiced religion in Liberia. The second-largest religion in Liberia is Islam followed by approximately twelve percent of the population. There are a few adherents of the Bahai faith, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism.
What is the economy of Liberia like?
Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2010, the gross domestic product (nominal) was estimated at $974 million, while the per capita stood at $226. The economy of the country is heavily dependent on foreign aid and foreign direct investment. Agriculture is a significant part of the economy, employing over sixty-two percent of the Liberians. Export of natural resources such as iron ore, rubber and timber adds to the revenues of the nation. The major imports include foodstuffs, fuels, chemicals, manufactured goods, and machinery. Rubber processing, palm oil processing, and diamond mining are the major industries. Singapore, China, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and the United States are the major trade partners.
When is the national day of Liberia celebrated?
The national day of Liberia is celebrated on July 26. On this day in in 1847, Liberia gained independence from the United States and was declared a republic.