Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone at a glance

Region
West Africa

Country
Sierra Leone

Country Head
President Ernest Bai Koroma

Capital
Freetown

Population
5,363,669 (2011, CIA WFB)

GDP
$4.72bn (2010)

GDP Per Capita
$900 (2010 est.)

Main Language
English Krio

Description
Sierra Leone possesses substantial mineral, agricultural, and fishery resources. Nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence agriculture. Manufacturing consists mainly of the processing of raw materials and of light manufacturing for the domestic market. Alluvial diamond mining remains the major source of hard currency earnings accounting for nearly half of Sierra Leone's exports. A recent increase in political stability has led to a revival of economic activity such as the rehabilitation of bauxite and rutile mining.