Africa > West Africa > Liberia


Capital: Monrovia; GDP grouth (annual %) 2016 : -1.6%
Key Facts

Full name: Republic of Liberia
Population: 4.1 million (UN, 2011)
Area: 99,067 sq km (38,250 sq miles)
Languages: English, 29 African languages belonging to the Mande, Kwa or Mel linguistic groups
Major religions: Christianity, Islam, indigenous beliefs
Life expectancy: 56 years (men), 59 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Liberian dollar (L$) = 100 cents
Main exports: Diamonds, iron ore, rubber, timber, coffee
GNI per capita: US $200 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .lr
International dialling code: +231


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  • Classroom at the rural primary school Ecole Keur Madaro near Thies, Senegal.


    Over the last 15 years, West African governments and the international community have been successful at expanding access to primary schooling and from presently on, a ground-breaking regional learning assessment has revealed that the quality of education has remained elusive. The majority of children surveyed were not acquiring the basic literacy and math skills that are crucial for building human capital in the region.

  • Trickle of Liberian Children Returning to School Reflects Lingering Ebola Fears

    A couple of dozen students sat quietly inside the C.D.B. King Elementary School’s dim and dusty auditorium on their initial morning back. Despite the stuffy heat, a lot of of the children wore long sleeves and trousers that covered as much skin as possible.
    A second grader wore pink knit mittens that muffled the sound of his clapping at the same time as the teachers introduced themselves. As everyone rose to sing Liberia’s national anthem, he saluted with his left hand, still sheathed in the mitten.
  • Liberia’s economy has come a long way since its devastating civil war


    Liberia faces challenges that few other nations in sub-Saharan Africa, let alone the rest of the world, face. The west African country of 4.4 million people has only been at peace since 2003, at the same time as a civil war that had lasted for most of the previous 14 years ended.

  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf


    A decade next the worst fighting of its long conflict, which killed an estimated 200,000 of a pre-war people of 2.8 million and forcibly displaced a majority - as a lot of as 1.8 million people - Liberia has addressed much of the worst devastation. But enormous challenges remain.

    President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says that her prime six-year term finished stabilization and her second is devoted to transformation, with tackling poverty as goal one. Although evolution has been slower in several key sectors than projected, she still hopes Liberia can achieve a middle-gain economy by 2030 - a message she brought to high-level discussions in Washington, DC, formerly this month and shared in her new AllAfrica interview.

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  • Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,


    "It is not enough that our children are in school; we must ensure that amount children have access to quality education that provides them with literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and other competences for the 21st century."

  • Outlook for 2013-14


    The country (Liberia) is situated in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone.
    Liberia has borders with Ivory Coast for 716km, Guinea for 563km and Sierra Leone for 306km. Land in Liberia is mostly flat to rolling coastal plains rising to rolling plateau and low mountains in northeast. Liberian land covers an area of km²

    The climate is tropical, hot, humid with dry winters with hot days and cool to cold nights. it is wet with cloudy summers with frequent heavy showers.  Liberian(s) speak English 20% (official), some 20 ethnic group languages, of which a few can be written and are used in correspondence.


    The president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was re-elected in November 2011 and her ruling Unity Party (UP) won a larger share of the vote, increasing its ability to pass legislation but falling just short of a majority. The government will now focus on delivering on its socioeconomic policies through job creation and better service provision.