The Republic of Sierra Leone gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1961. The country is located on the west coast of Africa, and borders Guinea and Liberia. Its totally area is 71,740 square kilometers, which makes it slightly smaller than South Carolina. Sierra Leone is a constitutional democracy with an executive branch, judicial branch, and legislative branch consisting of a unicameral parliament.

General Information
Official Name: 
Republic of Sierra Leone
Capitol: 
Freetown
Population: 
6,232,000
Languages: 
English
Geographic Region: 
Geographic Size (km sq): 
71,740
Year of UN Membership: 
1961
Year of Present State Formation: 
1961
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Key Statistics & Indicators
Gross Domestic Product (GDP, Nominal): 
$5.694 Billion
Per Capita Income (PPP Adjusted): 
$1,746 (CID)
GDP Growth: 
13.30 (%)
Human Development Index (HDI): 
0.37
Gini Index (Income Inequality): 
35.40
Economic Grouping: 
Developing Country
Least Developed Country
History
International Relations
UN Voting Blocs & Caucuses: 
Group of 77 (G-77)
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
African Group
Islamic Group
Major International & Regional Organizations: 
ACP: African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States
AfDB: African Development Bank
AU: African Union
Commonwealth of Nations (British)
ECOWAS: Economic Community of West African States
EITI: Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative
ICRM: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
IDB: Islamic Development Bank
IFRCS: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
IHO: International Hydrographic Organization
Interpol: International Criminal Police Organization
IOC: International Olympic Committee
IOM: International Organization for Migration
IPU: Inter-Parliamentary Union
ISO: International Organization for Standardization
ITUC: International Trade Union Confederation
OIC: Organization of Islamic Cooperation
WCO: World Customs Organization
WFTU: World Federation of Trade Unions
UN Specialized Agencies & Organizations: 
CTBTO: Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
IAEA: International Atomic Energy Agency
IBRD: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organization
ICSID: International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
IDA: International Development Association
IFAD: International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFC: International Finance Corporation
ILO: International Labor Organization
IMF: International Monetary Fund
IMO: International Maritime Organization
ITU: International Telecommunications Union
MIGA: Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
OPCW: Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNIDO: United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNWTO: United Nations World Tourism Organization
UPU: Universal Postal Union
WBG: World Bank Group
WHO: World Health Organization
WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization
WMO: World Meteorological Organization
WTO: World Trade Organization
Current UN Peacekeeping Missions: 
MINUSMA: Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali
UNIFIL: UN Interim Force in Lebanon
UNISFA: UN Interim Security Force for Abyei
Bilateral Relations
United Nations Data
Government Sources
UN Mission
245 East 49th Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 688-1656
(212) 688-4924
sierraleone@un.int

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