Sierra Leone is number 40 out of 54 in land size in Africa; so it is a small country. To help you compare this gem of a country, it is smaller than North Carolina. It is located on the coast of western Africa. This country is surrounded by Guinea, Liberia, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Sierra Leone’s official language is English, but the language that is understood by almost 95% is Krio. Other nationally recognized languages would be Mende, which is mainly spoken in the south, and Temne, which is spoken in the north.
Freetown is Sierra Leone’s capital city and is located in the western area of the country. It is also a port city and Sierra Leone’s largest city with over 1.1 million people living there.
Sierra Leone’s constitution says that no person shall be hindered in exercising freedom of conscience, including freedom of thought and religion, freedom to change one’s religion or belief, and freedom either alone or in a community, in public or in private, to manifest and propagate one’s religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice, and observance. The major religions shape up like this: 77% claim to be Muslim and 21% claim Christianity.
Sierra Leone has approximately 7.9 million people according to UN data. The population seems like it is only going to expand rapidly. Sierra Leone is extremely youthful and is growing because it has a total fertility rate of almost 5 children per woman. Nearly 60% of the population is under the age of 25 years old, and 57.25% of Sierra Leone’s population lives in rural areas.