the area between the St Paul River and the borders with Guinea and Sierra Leone
||Central Liberia (Monrovia, Paynesville, Buchanan)
the capital Monrovia and the main population centre
||Southern Liberia (Greenville, Harper, Sapo National Park)
some beautiful Atlantic beaches and the country's only national park
Currency: Liberian Dollar
Area: 111,369 sq.km (43,000 sq. mi)
National Day – 26th July 1847
Terrain (three area) : Manogrove swamp, Wooded Hills, Scrublands
Population: 3,786,764 (July 2011 est.)
Kpelle 20.3%, Bassa 13.4%, Grebo 10%, Gio 8%, Mano 7.9%, Kru 6%, Lorma 5.1%, Kissi 4.8%, Gola 4.4%, other 20.1% (2008 census)
Christian 85.6%, Muslim 12.2%, Traditional 0.6%, other 0.2%, none 1.4% (2008 census)
English 20% (official), some 20 ethnic group languages few of which can be written or used in correspondence
Electricity 120V/60Hz (USA & European plugs) Note : there is no unified electrical system so bring adaptors for both.
Calling Code +231
Time Zone UTC
Liberia is in West Africa. It is bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d'Ivoire.
Liberia is a country with historical ties to the United States. It was founded by freed black slaves during the pre-Civil War antebellum era of the nineteenth century. The capital, Monrovia, was named after US President James Monroe. Liberia's flag closely resembles the American flag, reflecting the historical ties between the two countries.
The equatorial climate is hot year-round with heavy rainfall from May to October with a short interlude in mid-July to August. During the winter months of November to March dry dust-laden harmattan winds blow inland causing many problems for residents.
Independence: From American Colonization Society July 26, 1847
Constitution: January 6, 1986
Political parties: 30 registered political parties
Liberia has a bicameral legislature consisting of 66 representatives and 30 senators. Historically, the executive branch heavily influences the legislature and judicial system, the latter being largely dysfunctional for now. There is a Supreme Court, criminal courts, and appeals court and magistrate courts in the counties. There also are traditional courts and lay courts in the counties. Trial by ordeal is practiced in various parts of Liberia. Locally, political power emanates from traditional chiefs (town, clan, or paramount chiefs), mayors, and district commissioners. Mayors are elected in principal cities in Liberia. Superintendents appointed by the president govern the counties. There are 15 counties in Liberia.
GDP (IMF 2010 est.) : $989.1million.
Real GDP growth rate (2010) : 4.0%.
Per capita GDP (2010) : $400.
Consumer Price Index (2010) : 7.30%
Natural Resources: Iron Ore, Rubber, Timber, Diamonds, Gold, Tin, and high prospects of sizable deposit of Crude Oil.
Environment: Some 2000 species of flora and fauna, numerous waterways and beautiful rainforest vistas, one of West Africa’s most pristine rain forest is the Sapo National Park, a natural wonder for eco-tourists.
Agricultural Products: Coffee, Cocoa, Sugarcame, Rice, Cassava, Palm Oil
Liberia is a founding member of the United Nations and its specialized agencies and is a member of the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Development Bank (ADB), the Mano River Union (MRU), and the Non-Aligned Movement.