Republic of Liberia
Major Towns: Monrovia, Greenville, Zwedru, Harbel, Tubmanburg
Location (geographical coordinates/latitude and longitude): Monrovia: 6°19'N, 10°48'W
Time Zone: GMT
Size (Land and Sea): 111,369 km², Water: 13%
Borders with Atlantic Ocean, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d'Ivoire.
Elevation extremes: Lowest point : Atlantic Ocean 0 m, highest point: Mount Wuteve 1,380 m
Head of State: President: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Vice-President: Joseph Boakai
Form of Government: Republic
Independancy / Formation by African-Americans: ACS colonies consolidation: 1821-1842 , Independence: 26 July 1847
Currency: Liberian Dollar
Main Industries: Rubber processing, palm oil processing, timber, diamonds.
Natural resources: Iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold, hydropower.
Agriculture: Rubber, coffee, cocoa, rice, cassava (tapioca), palm oil, sugarcane, bananas; sheep, goats; timber
Population and People
Population: 3283000 (July 2005 est.)
Population density per sq mi: 86
Growth rate: Liberia has the highest population growth rate in the world (4.91%).
Birth rate: 45.95 births/1,000 population (2002 est.)
Total fertility rate: 5.94 children born/woman (2007 est.)
Infant mortality rate: 149.7/1000
Religion: traditional 70%, Muslim 20%, Christian 10%
Languages: English, Bassa, Gola, Grebo, Kru
Ethnic groups / Tribes: indigenous African tribes 95% (including Kpelle, Bassa, Gio, Kru, Grebo, Mano, Krahn, Gola, Gbandi, Loma, Kissi, Vai, and Bella), Americo-Liberians 5% (descendants of former slaves)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 43.6% (male 698,382/female 695,409); 15-64 years: 53.6% (male 848,951/female 865,380); 65 years and over: 2.7% (male 42,745/female 45,064) (2007 est.)
Life expectancy: 40.4
Literacy: Total population: 38.3%; male: 53.9%, female: 22.4% (1999 est.)