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Liberia is a country in West Africa, bordering Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire. On the Atlantic coast, the capital city of Monrovia is home to the Liberia National Museum, with its exhibits on national culture and history. Around Monrovia are palm-lined beaches like Silver and CeCe. Along the coast, beach towns include the port of Buchanan, as well as laid-back Robertsport, known for its strong surf.

Languages: English 20% (official), some 20 ethnic group languages, of which a few can be written and are used in correspondence

Ethnic Groups: indigenous African 95% (including Kpelle, Bassa, Gio, Kru, Grebo, Mano, Krahn, Gola, Gbandi, Loma, Kissi, Vai, Dei, Bella, Mandingo, and Mende), Americo-Liberians 2.5% (descendants of immigrants from the US who had been slaves), Congo People 2.5% (descendants of immigrants from the Caribbean who had been slaves)

Belief Systems: Christian 40%, Muslim 20%, indigenous beliefs 40%

Demographics:

Population: 4.45 million people (World Rank: 123rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 120 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 169th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 2.45 %/yr (World Rank: 35th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 60.6 years (World Rank: 200th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 18.3 years (World Rank: 171st) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Liberia
Map from the Cartographic Division of the United Nations

United Nations Country Profile for Liberia

Liberia - Facts and Information 1
United Nations Economic Commision for Africa
African Information Society Initiative
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Liberia - Facts and Information 2
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Liberia
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Tourism:

Current News About Liberia
from allAfrica.com

Traveling to Liberia
Comprehensive travel information from africaguide.com

Dangers of Traveling to Liberia

More Traveling to Liberia

Language Resources:

Study in Liberia

Government Related:

Liberian Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Liberia Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger


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